Aloe vera is a succulent plant which is a native plant of North America. It is widely known for its medicinal properties from a long time ago. Used for various treatments, It has a lot of benefits and is most commonly used for skin treatments.
It is used in skin cosmetic products but its health benefits are not just limited to skin. It is also very beneficial for our digestive system. Aloe is rich in vitamins and antioxidants and contains anti-bacterial properties.
Benefits of Aloe vera
Provides a healthy skin
Aloe can treat various skin disorders. It can nourish your skin with vitamins E and C, antioxidants, minerals, amino acids. And can increase collagen production of the skin. Collagen is very important for healthy skin as it makes your skin more younger and softer. If used regularly it can nourish skin with various essential nutrients. Aloe vera can prevent and treat skin diseases like erythema, sunburns and psoriasis etc.
It is rich in vitamins C and E which makes it beneficial for hair. Regular use of it can make your hair glow and strong. It also prevents unnecessary hair falls. This green plant has anti-ageing properties which prevent signs of ageing from your facial skin. Therefore people use it in cosmetic products due to this property. You can add it in your regular diet to get its amazing benefits.
From thousands of years aloe vera has been used to cure problems related to the digestion. If you are having stomach constipation and want to get rid of it then aloe is probably the best for you. It is a natural laxative agent because it has a compound named Anthraquinones has laxative properties which can help you to cure constipation. The liver is one of the most important organs our body and it plays a major role in digestion. Aloe is also very helpful to keep your liver healthy as it nourishes liver with phytonutrients and keeps liver hydrated.
Keeps the body hydrated
Dehydration is one of the most common problem we face in summer or after an extreme gym workout. If your body stays dehydrated for a long time it can be very harmful to your kidneys and your liver can not detox if your body is not well hydrated.
Aloe vera is highly water-dense which prevents dehydration and helps the liver to detox properly. Therefore you can regularly use it after hard physical workouts to keep your body well hydrated.
Helps reduce fat
Obesity or unnecessary body fat can cause you a number of serious diseases such as heart attack and high blood pressure. If you don’t want obesity and extra body fat then aloe vera can be your best partner to achieve these goals. It boosts your metabolism which then allows your body to burn extra fat. It helps to regulate glucose levels in your body which prevent sudden sugar spikes. And it low downs which keeps your stomach full for a longer time.
Uses of Aloe vera
Aloe vera mask for oily skin
This mask can help you get rid of oily skin with a very simple home remedy. Oily skin can cause various skin problems like acne and allergies so you must try this. Take 8-10 drops of aloe vera gel in a bowl (either use ready-made gel or fresh aloe vera gel from your garden), mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with aloe vera gel and make a thick paste. Apply this face mask on your face to the neck, keep it on for about 2-3 hours then wash your face with lukewarm water. You can do this 2-3 times a week and it will help you to get rid of oily skin along with acne.
Aloe vera for dry skin
Dry facial can be caused due to various reasons such as environmental factors or lack of nutrients in the diet. Dry skin usually looks very rough and feel very itching. Here is a simple yet effective remedy with which you can nourish your skin. Then take 8-10 drops of aloe vera gel in a bowl, add 1-2 teaspoons of honey along with 4-5 teaspoons of grinned cucumber.
After that mix all ingredients well to make a thick paste. Now apply this paste all over your face to the neck and allow this to stay on your face for 25-30 minutes. It will nourish and hydrate your skin with vitamins and minerals. You can also repeat this twice or thrice a week to prevent skin dryness.
Improve your digestion
Aloe vera juice can be very beneficial for the digestive system. It cures constipation, gastric ulcers and helps the liver to detox. Here is a simple recipe to prepare it’s juice at home. Take about 2-3 teaspoons of its juice in a glass (either readymade or fresh from garden). Now add 1 cup of orange juice or any other juice of your choice in aloe vera juice and mix them well. You can add ice cubes and sugar as per your taste.
Aloe Vera Side effects
Aloe vera is in use throughout the world for its amazing health benefits and it does not have any permanent side effect. But excessive intake of its juice may cause diarrhea or other stomach problems. So it is advisable to consume only a recommended dose of its juice.
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