Aloe vera has become widely popular, with many of its supplements, drinks, gels, products, and cosmetics readily available in the market. You probably know about Aloe Vera by passing by those tubes and containers filled with a clear, green gel, on the shelves in stores. It’s best known for its soothing properties as the gel heals and soothes sunburned skin. Aloe Vera is a spiky, succulent plant that is naturally found in areas with dry climates; areas like Europe, Africa, Asia, and some southern and western parts of the USA. This plant has been used for its natural and healthy medicinal benefits for centuries. In ancient Egyptian culture, it is known as “the plant of immortality.” In other cultures, it’s called by its multiple names, “wonder plant,” “burn plant,” “lily of the desert,” and “elephant’s gall”一due to its soothing and healthy properties against burns, hair loss, and wounds. This “wonder plant” has so many health benefits, from its gel to the aloe latex (yellow pulp), aloe vera has become popular in helping with issues such as digestion, skin conditions, burns and wounds, heartburn, decreasing blood sugar levels, hair loss, skin and aging and so much more. Let’s talk about some of these medicinal benefits and how you could use them for yourself.
Benefits of Aloe Vera For Skin & Hair
Aloe Vera is the most commonly used topically to help heal sunburns, burns, and sores. According to certain studies conducted, it is especially useful in healing first- and second-degree burns. However, the extent to which aloe vera can help heal wounds is inconclusive. Some people swear by aloe vera’s soothing, cooling and healing effects on their burns so why not give it a try and see if its a fit for you? If you’ve got a particularly nasty sunburn or even a first-degree burn, gently apply aloe gel over the area and let it sit. According to a few researches, aloe vera is known to reduce the healing time of burns by nine days as compared to your conventional burn treatments.
You might probably not know this, but aloe vera is particularly great in helping reduce aging and wrinkles. According to an early study, aloe vera helps a lot with anti-aging through the increased production of collagen in skin and improvement in the skin’s elasticity. Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes that get rid of the dead skin on the scalp, and it helps promote hair growth, reduces dandruff, and acts as an excellent hair conditioner. Aloe vera has compounds that are similar to keratin, and this provides nutrients to the hair, helps rejuvenate the hair, and promotes hair elasticity.
Pro tip: Want to make that protein-rich and deep conditioning aloe vera hair mask? Scoop out two tablespoons of aloe gel from its leaves, mix it thoroughly with one tablespoon of garlic juice and one egg yolk. Apply and massage the mixture into your hair and especially your scalp. Wrap it up in a warm towel, and after 30 minutes, you can shampoo your hair. And the result will be healthy, breakage-free, and protein-rich hair.
Aloe Vera Benefits for Weight Loss
Aloe vera has a lot of medicinal, health, and cosmetic benefits, one of which includes weight loss. It helps boost your body’s metabolism and breaks down those stored fats in your body into energy, and it helps ease issues such as ulcers and other gastrointestinal disturbances. The vitamin B present in aloe vera is the main ingredient that helps regulate your metabolism, curbs down excessive food consumption, and fat-build up, which contributes to weight loss. If you have issues with constipation or even IBS, know that aloe vera is a laxative that helps in healthy digestion and plays a significant role in maintaining bowel movements. Include fresh aloe vera juice as part of your pre-workout drink or just an early morning drink to help aid your weight loss, keep your gut healthy and to curb down food consumption & fat buildup.
Aloe vera is also known to reduce glucose levels in your body; therefore, it is just one of those miracle drinks if you have diabetes and are struggling to control your blood glucose levels and weight. As glucose levels decrease in the body, fat accumulation also reduces. And let’s not forget, aloe vera is known to contain lots of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids, which is necessary for a healthy body and mind i.e., the first step towards weight loss.
There are lots of aloe vera juices and waters available in grocery stores and markets if you’d rather have ready-made juice, however, take care when buying or consuming these. To cover up the bitter taste of aloe vera, lots of brands add in sweeteners and flavors, which doesn’t help with weight loss or reduction of fat accumulation. However, if you’d like to make your aloe vera juice weight loss, try this out. Take fresh aloe vera leaves, cut off its spiky edges, and peel off the top layer of the leaf. Using a spoon, scoop out the aloe gel and give it a good grind. Sieve out the juice and store it in the fridge. Drink a teaspoonful of the aloe juice 15 minutes before every meal to better aid with weight loss.
Other Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe veras are well known for their antioxidant and antibacterial properties. They contain antioxidants that belong to the polyphenol family and plays a major role in inhibiting harmful bacterial growth. They also promote oral health by preventing an excess buildup of plaque on the teeth and the growth of oral thrust. The use of aloe vera juice simply as a mouthwash can help prevent tooth decay and gum diseases.
Consuming either the gel of aloe vera or two tablespoonfuls of its juice can have many health benefits, or merely applying its gel on your skin and hair can keep it healthy, rejuvenated, and strong. Even though aloe vera directly from the source is comparatively safe, just to be sure, try a skin patch test first by applying a little bit of the gel on a small patch of your skin 24 hours before use and wait and see if you have any allergic reactions towards it.