Aloe vera is a wonder plant. It is super hardy and can be grown in the kitchen garden with ease. Water, or no water this plant easily survives. And the benefits of aloe vera specified below is just the tip of an enormous ice berg!
Key health benefits of aloe vera
Treating sunburn with Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera gel is fantastic for all sorts of skin conditions: scrapes, cuts, pimples and sunburn. An Aloe Vera plant is a must have for the garden. They are very easy to look after and are drought tolerant, so therefore don’t require much watering. Having the plant readily available means you can just break a piece off and squeeze out the gel to use straight away. Whilst there are all sorts of sprays containing Aloe to treat sunburn, there is nothing more effective than using the gel straight from the plant.
Treating acne with Aloe Vera
Research has proven that Aloe Vera is very effective in treating acne. It is simple to use and inexpensive.
By picking a stem from the plant and cutting or breaking it open and applying the Aloe Vera gel topically, it has been shown to reduce the redness and swelling associated with acne.
It has also been shown to have great effects on acne scarring, as Aloe Vera penetrates down into around 7 layers of tissue and encourages new cell growth.
Alternatively, Aloe can be consumed as a juice.
Aloe for healthy hair
Before I begin to outline the benefits of aloe vera for hair, this treatment may not work for those who have sinusitis. Application of aloe on the scalp and hair may lead to common cold or flu.
Now, for the rest, I have some good news. Aloe vera is a great natural conditioner and can do wonders for your hair.
- Scrap some gel from an aloe vera plant and beat it well with an egg beater.
- Apply this on your hair and scalp well and leave it on for around 15 minutes.
- Wash it with plain water followed by some shampoo.
- You could also add a little egg yolk to the gel if you wish to – but just aloe will produce brilliant results. The best conditioner ever!
Make your own skin moisturizer
Aloe vera is an amazing skin moisturizer. Get a small aloe vera pup and plant it in your kitchen garden. In no time you will have a healthy aloe plant if watered regularly.
Scrap some aloe from the leaf and apply on your skin fifteen minutes before you take a shower and wash it off. A skin moisturiser that will keep your skin glowing for year right in your kitchen! If you think growing a plant would be too much of a headache, you could go for sesame oil. But for those with oily skin, aloe would be the better option.
Aloe juice to boost immunity and for overall health
Aloe vera juice is rich in vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 and vitamin B6. This makes it an extremely healthy drink and over a period of time helps to boost the immunity. In addition to this, since aloe is rich in amino and fatty acids, it also helps to improve digestion and to flush out toxins from the body.
How to make aloe juice – Steps:
- Scrap some gel from an aloe leaf with a knife. You’ll master this in a few attempts. Half a leaf would be sufficient to make one glass of aloe juice.
- Aloe has a natural bland taste and may not make for a great drink. Hence to add some flavour, you could squeeze half a lemon to the gel.
- Blend the lemon juice and aloe gel in a blended and add a teaspoon of honey to it.
- You could add some water to this drink to dilute it.
An additional benefit here is that regular consumption also results in smooth glowing skin.
Ayurvedic reference – Aloe plant has reserved a mention in detail in the Rig Veda, which is the earliest book of natural medicine dating BCE 4,500 and BCE 1,600. Ayurvedic practitioner Dr Meghna Dixit says, “It was somewhere around BCE 5,000 that most of the plants mentioned in the Rig Veda were written by Dhanwantri, the God of Ayurveda. In this book, Aloe Vera has been recommended for the reproductive system, liver and treatment when worms were injected or consumed. It also included the topical uses including healing of wounds.”-Source: Times of India.