Aloe Vera is from the succulent plant species, (it is also known as Lily of the Desert) and well known around the world for its health benefits and versatility.
The stem of the plant and its leaves contain aloe gel in heavy concentration and with over 200 active components such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids, it is actually a key ingredient in our cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries today.
So, that being said, what can you use it for at home? Well…lots. Here are a few ideas to get you going.
As a natural moisturiser, Aloe Vera can hydrate and soften your skin without clogging your pores. You can actually apply pure Aloe Vera gel to your skin directly – it may feel slimy at first, but it will soak in with a bit of time, leaving you with wonderfully hydrated skin.
If you are prone to acne or other skin blemishes, Aloe Vera is an excellent choice. With antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it can prevent infections that stem from acne.
Aloe Vera also assists in the regeneration process of your skin. It contains substances that trigger the regeneration of new cells, speeding up the healing process to prevent scars.
Additionally, if you are looking for an economical anti-aging serum, studies have actually shown Aloe Vera gel reduces wrinkles and improves skin elasticity.
Aloe Vera has a pH level in the same range as healthy hair.
It may sound odd, but applying aloe Vera to your hair can form a protective layer against pollutants, allowing your hair and scalp to stay fresh and hydrated. It also keeps dandruff away too.
Because of its anti-inflammatory and laxative components, another Aloe Vera benefit is its ability to help with digestion. The juice helps digestion, normalizes acid/alkaline and pH balance, lessens yeast formation, encourages digestive bacteria and regularizes bowel processing.
Use with caution however, as it is a natural laxative and always consult a doctor.
BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM
The many minerals and vitamins in Aloe Vera can help to boost your immunity. Its anti-inflammatory components help stimulate the immune system to kill infections.
You can get a boost to good health by reportedly drinking 20ml of Aloe Vera juice with a glass of water every day before your first meal. Again here, however, it is recommended to consult a doctor first.
Aloe Vera gel contains two natural compounds that make it an effective aid for treating skin rashes. These are mannose and glucose—two types of sugars that are responsible for the healing action of aloe gel. These sugars promote healing of the skin.
Aloe Vera gel also contains a complex mixture of vitamins B and C and minerals such as zinc. These nutrients are very important for fighting the infection that might be causing the rash.
Aloe Vera is touted as the “burn plant,” the perfect natural remedy for a bad sunburn, and according to some studies it can help skin in healing from sunburns and mild burns. … This should help the itching and stinging associated with these conditions.
BOTTOM LINE: A cheap and effective item to have handy at home that comes in many different forms including gel, juice, caplets and of course the plant itself! The great news also is that the plant and its products are all very economical to purchase, so why not give Aloe Vera a try?
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