The aloe vera plant provides a wide range of medicinal and cosmetic uses. Throughout history it has played a vital role, being used for countless therapeutic remedies including soothing sunburn to improving cardiovascular health. Today it continues to be popular in the herbal and alternative medicine fields for it’s wonderful healing properties.
There are nearly 450 varieties of Aloe Vera but you are probably most familiar with those that grow inside, Aloe Aristata, Aloe Barbadensis (most common), and Ale Veriegata. These powerful plants can live to be around 100 years old with little maintenance, so keep one close for everyday use or when in need of a quick remedy.
Top Five Uses & Benefits
1) Diarrhea and Constipation
Aloe Vera juice can be used as an effective laxative while at the same time, controlling diarrhea. Use the inner jelly mixed with water to create a tasty drink to improve your overall digestive health. Using it’s anti-inflammatory components, Aloe Vera helps normalize acid and rebalance pH in your gut and digestive track. In addition, this amazing little plant has been used to treat IBS, stomach ulcers, and acid reflux.
2) Skin Issues
Aloe Vera is most widely known to treat sunburns but it can also be applied to rashes, itching, blisters, insect bites, acne, allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis. Want a great natural moisturizer? Apply to face twice daily as Cleopatra did to rid her face of wrinkles and blemishes. Aloe Vera can also be used as an exfoliate, reduce the appearance of scars, and brighten your complexion.
- Sugar : will help to exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells.It helps to give skin clean look.
- Aloe Vera : helps to deep cleans the skin.It has amazing healing properties for beauty purposes.
- Lemon juice: helps to gradually fades the spots and clear your skin tone
3) Immune System Support
The enzymes present in aloe vera break down the proteins that we eat into amino acids and turn the enzymes into fuel for every cell in the body, which enables the cells to function properly. -DrAxe
Components within the plant are stimulate the immune system and helps to kill off infection. It’s especially helpful for those with zinc deficiency. Aloe Vera, providing antioxidants and being an anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic has been proven effective in building up the immune system when used or taken consistently. To ensure you have the best quality, consider growing your own in organic soil.
4) Hair and Scalp
Use as a natural shampoo to reduce dandruff and encourage the hair to grow. Aloe Vera is also a great leave-in conditioner for unmanageable hair (like my daughter’s).
Place ingredients in a bottle, replace cap and shake before each use. Click the image to purchase the essential oils needed. You can find liquid castile soap at any health food store. For best results, use aloe vera gel directly from the plant and avoid store bought “gels.”
Use inhalation therapy to relieve the symptoms of asthma by boiling some Aloe Vera leaves and breathing int he vapors. Use caution as the steam can be hot. The anti-inflammatory properties of the plant will help open the air ways.
- lower cholesterol
- prevent development of kidney stones
- enhance cardiovascular health
- candida infections
- Crohn’s disease
- excellent source of glyconutrients, vitamins A, C, E as well as minerals like magnesiu, and calcium
- growth of tumors
- cold sores
Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding, under the age of 12, or elderly. Know to have interaction with some medications.