The amazing healing properties of aloe vera plant is well known. It is popularly known as “Lily of the Desert”.Since centuries people have made great use of it medicinal values in treating their ailments. The pointed leaves of aloe vera contains a clear gel like substance, which is more or less water with several other nutrients mixed in it. The reason behind aloe vera finding an important place in every house is its great healing properties. It work wonder for skin and hair. At the same time it resolves many health issues effectively.
How to Cultivate Aloe vera
Aloe Vera plants are semi-tropical plants . It will need to be placed in soil that drains well. It will need full sun and semi-frequent watering. You can let the soil dry out completely between watering. Aloe vera grows well even if you fail to take complete care of it.
Amazing Aloe Vera
Its really unhappy that many of us are still unknown of the many versatile properties of this miraculous plant. It is Disinfectant, Anti-biotic, Anti-microbial, Germicidal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal & Anti-viral .Taken internally, aloe works wonders for assimilation, circulation, and elimination. It is known to purify the blood, reduce inflammation, ease arthritis pain, prevent kidney stones, lower high cholesterol, prevent Candida, boost physical endurance, benefit cardiovascular health, and protect the body from oxidative stress.
The versatility of the aloe vera plant cannot be summed up in a single article. I have just tried to discuss some of these amazing benefits.
Aloe vera maintains oral health
Aloe vera has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. So it helps in fighting against bacteria which creates cavity and tooth decay. Studies have shown that aloe vera toothpaste helps to fight periodontitis disease also.
Used as a mouthwash, as compared to chemical mouth washes, aloe vera helps getting over bleeding gums problems and fight effectively mouth plague and bad breath. In short, aloe vera can be used as a toothpaste or mouthwash to keep the mouth healthy, clean, and free from plaque producing bacteria.
Eases Heartburn And Acid Re-flux
Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe the stomach lining and the esophagus.
Health Benefits of aloe vera to hair
1) Aloe Vera is a Good Hair Conditioner
How to make aloe vera conditioner
One-fourth cup of aloe vera gel
4 to 5 drops of any essential oil, like, lavender or rosemary or mint.
Mix the aloe vera gel with lemon juice and add essential oil. Apply after shampooing. Let it stand for 4 to 5 minutes then rinse off. Its an all purpose conditioner especially ideal for normal hair. It also infuses your hair with moisture, leaving it smooth and glossy.
2) Aloe vera cures Dandruff
Apply gel of Aloe Vera to your scalp half an hour before washing your hair. It will remove the dandruff from your scalp.It also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which fight against infections and soothe the scalp.
3) Aloe vera Promotes Hair Growth
Mix one table spoon fresh aloe gel with one teaspoon of olive oil.
Mix well and apply it on the scalp. Keep it overnight. Aloe vera removes dead cell from the scalp which in turn promotes hair growth. It also makes up for dormant cell. it is regarded as a boon for baldness.
4) Aloe vera used as hair dye
A natural hair dye can be prepared from aloe vera by dissolving it in spirit.
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera to Skin
1) Aloe Vera helps in fighting wrinkles
Aging makes the skin dry and loose elasticity. As a result skin becomes prone to wrinkles and lines. The aging effects on the skin cannot be stopped altogether but it can possible be delayed by making regular use of this magical herb on the face regularly.
How to prepare anti wrinkle solution
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
few drops of vitamin E oil
few drops of lavender essential oil.
How to use
Make a solution by mixing the above ingredients. Soak on the skin and keep it overnight.Wash your face with cold water the following morning. Aloe Vera moisturizes the skin and improves the elasticity of skin and makes it smoother and more supple.
2) Aloe Vera fights Sun Burn
The ultra violet ray damage the skin making it red and burnt. After coming from direct sun, the aloe vera can be applied directly on face, neck and hands, The cooling and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe gives immediate relief and also heals the burn adding elasticity and moisture to the skin.
3) Aloe Vera heals Acne
The healing quality of aloe vera not only heals the acne but also promotes the growth of new cells. This in turn brings life to your skin. The best remedy for acne prone skin is to use aloe gel directly on the face and keep it overnight and wash the face with cold water the following morning.
4) Aloe Vera removes Acne Scar and Blemishes
The regular use of aloe vera helps in removing acne scars and blemishes. For effective result, mix few drops of lemon juice with aloe vera gel. Stir well. Then apply the paste on the face. Let it stand for 20 minutes, Then wash with cold water. Leon lightens the blemishes and scars and aloe vera soothes and supple the skin. This combination of aloe and lemon works magic on the face, cures the ailment and brings healthy glow to the skin.
Aloe Vera as a Nail Biting Preventive
Make a aloe-Vera paste at home to get rid of nail biting habit. Take some fresh aloe Vera leaves. Squeeze out the gel. When you have collected enough gel then double boil it. When the gel turns to a thick consistency, place it in a neat and clean jar. Label the jar properly. Now whenever you have the urge of biting the nail just apply this little aloe-Vera juice on the nails. Slowly the bitter taste will discourage you from doing so.
It may be noted that the above remedy should not be tried by pregnant ladies and stop it if you get vomiting tendency.
Aloe Vera Heals Cracked Nipples
The gel of aloe vera can be applied directly to breast to heal the cracked and sore nipples.
Aloe Vera cures itch
Take a leave of aloe vera and slice it down the middle, and rub the gel only on the itchy area. Aloe vera provides immediate cooling effect.
Aloe Vera soothes Burn
Mix the gel of aloe vera with some honey and apply it on the burnt area. It soothes the pain. Aloe gel can be used directly on minor cuts, scratches,insect bites and bruises.
Aloe Vera as a After Shave Lotion
Aloe vera is Undoubtedly a multi purpose plant. After shaving , to get rid of the burning and irritation, the aloe gel can be applied directly. It not only removes the burning but also bring an instant glow to the skin instantly.
Aloe Vera fights Insect Bites
Aloe vera’s Anti-microbial property fights insects sting when applied directly and immediately.
Aloe vera Builds Immunity Power
Aloe vera is adaptogen.This increases your ability to cope with physical and emotional stress. It increases the natural ability of human body to fight with disease, illness and external environmental changes. In simple language it makes the inner defence mechanism strong to fight away stress and illness and adapt itself successfully with external changes.
Aloe Vera lower Blood Sugar in diabetics
Aloe vera is said to be a traditional diabetes remedy. In modern time also many studies have revealed that dried aloe gel helps lower blood sugar. It is said to enhance insulin sensitivity and help improve blood sugar management. At the same time aloe also improves total cholesterol.
Aloe Vera helps Detoxification
Today we live in a very polluted and stressful environment. In addition to this the consumption of unhealthy junk food has become our habit. So it has become utmost important that we detoxify our body regularly. Aloe vera offers the most natural way to get rid of toxins from our cleansing system. Aloe vera has many minerals, vitamins, elements which help us to deal this problem.
Lowers the Risk Of Cancer
aloe vera has an amazing property to boost the immune system of our body which in turn makes the body strong enough to fight against tumor. Modern studies reveals that aloe vera has anti tumor potential . Regular use can increase the survival rate of those with cancer.
Aloe vera should not be consumed by a pregnant and breast feeding lady. Many people who are allergic should test and try. No doubt, aloe vera is very good for skin but anyone suffering from sinusitis type problem should avoid it in winter.