Aloe Vera is a powerful cactus plant that grows like a weed all around the meditarrenean region, in parts of Africa and India. The tender leaves are full of a versatile gel that can be used internally and externally as a drink or on the skin. It helps digestion (in reasonable dosage) heals wounds, soothes the skin relieves from sun burns, treats hair and scalp problems and is generally used in cosmetics for its anti aging effects. Aloe vera can be potted, the gel has to be scooped out of the leaf fresh or else it loses its benefits.
Aloe Vera can be used in more than one way, the benefits are significant to one’s health.
The ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.”
Here are 7 benefits of using aloe vera gel:
1. It treats sunburn.
Aloe Vera helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover the body. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker.
2. It acts as a moisturizer.
Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel it prevents skin from drying.
For men: Aloe vera gel can be used as an aftershave treatment as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving.
3. It treats acne.
Aloe vera gel provides wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.
Aloe is soothing and can reduce skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly.
4. It fights aging.
As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of fine lines and the loss of elasticity in their skin. Aloe leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.
5. It lessens the visibility of stretch marks.
6. It’s nutrient rich for good health.
This solid material contains over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid.
7. It aids in digestion.
The internal benefits of aloe vera are supposed to be just as amazing. The plant is said to improve the digestion and to relieve ulcers.
. Drinking aloe vera juice regularly can help get rid of all the junk your body no longer needs which in turn prevents various digestive problems such as indigestion.
Some recipes for aloe vera juice:
Here is one recipe
2 tbsp Aloe vera pulp
1. Blend the apple and the carott
2. Add the lemon juice
3. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and scoop out 2 tbsp of the pulp and add it to the mixture