In the previous blog post, I have given a brief introduction about a traditionally important plant Aloe vera.
Aloe vera is a plant of tremendous therapeutic benefits and is used in herbal products and cosmetics for skin care and hair care.
The medicinal benefits of Aloe vera is known for centuries and it has an important place in Ayurveda and Chinese traditional medicine. Even Egyptians were fond of this plant and called it “The Plant of Immortality”.
Its medicinal properties are not just limited to skin care and hair care. It is also used to treat constipation, wound healing, bleeding disorders, fungal infection, etc. Numerous health benefits of Aloe vera plant are known.
How to Use Aloe Vera At Home?
Aloe vera gel and Aloe vera juice can be easily prepared at home. It is the easiest herbal remedy to be prepared at home.
How to Prepare Aloe vera Gel?
Take a fresh and mature leaf. Wash it and pat dry with a dry cloth. Cut the leaf with a knife and scoop out the gel in a bowl. Scrap all the gel from the leaf. You can store the gel in an air tight glass bottle in the refrigerator for later use.
How to Make Aloe vera Juice?
Take two teaspoons of the Aloe vera gel in two cups of water and blend in a blender. Drink it immediately.
Benefits of Aloe vera
Medicinal benefits of Aloe vera plant are known worldwide. It has gained popularity in last decade. Its use is not limited to Asian countries. It is a plant of worldwide recognition. Lets discuss at least five health benefits of Aloe vera plant.
Aloe vera for Improved Digestion
Aloe vera juice is alkaline in nature. It neutralizes the acidic environment of the stomach. It acts as a natural cleanser and detoxifies the digestive system. It is also used to treat constipation. The anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative activities keeps the digestive system healthy and reduces any kind of inflammation and tissue damage. Studies have confirmed that Aloe vera leaf extract can be used for treating peptic ulcers (1).
Aloe vera for Hyperpigmentation
Aloe vera is a skin tonic. It heals almost all problems related to skin. It is very gentle on our skin. You can feel the difference in the texture of your skin after regular application of aloe gel. Aloe vera also works to remove extra pigments from the skin and is effective in treating hyperpigmentation.
Research work on animals has found that Aloe vera leaf extract contain aloin as an active ingredient that works on melanin aggregation and lightens the skin (2).
Aloe vera as Immune Booster
Aloe vera juice enhances the absorption of nutrients by the circulatory system. It works on the cellular and tissue level and detoxifies the whole system. It makes the cells and tissues healthy that lead to proper functioning of the body systems. This in turn helps in better warding off of pathogens from the body and boosting the immune system.
Now it has been scientifically proven that Aloe vera leaf extract acts as an immune system booster. A study suggests that the aqueous extract of Aloe vera leaf can boost humoral immunity when consumed 400 mg/kg orally in rats (3).
Aloe vera for Wound Healing
Aloe vera plant is a natural healer. It is known for healing and curing wounds for centuries. Aloe vera juice has excellent instant sealing capacity that works wonderfully on open, cut and serious wounds. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that works miracles on swelling or redness. Clinical study has shown that topical application of Aloe vera extract has wound healing properties in rats (4).
Aloe for Sun Burns
Aloe vera gel acts as a skin tonic. It soothes the skin from within. It acts as an exfoliating agent and removes all dead cells from the skin. It also allows new cells to grow. The polysaccharides found in Aloe ver gel is responsible for the soothing and moisturizing effect on the skin. The irritation and inflammation caused due to Sun burn can be healed by Aloe vera gel. Due to its anti-oxidative property, it scavenges the free radicals and stop skin damage from direct Sun.
Aloe vera creams and lotions are available in the market that works best on Sun burns. Where as a study conducted on 20 volunteers to observe the efficacy of Aloe vera cream on Sun burn from ultraviolet rays found that 70% Aloe vera creams have no Sun burn protection property (5).
In this blog post, I have listed only five health benefits of Aloe vera plant. Aloe vera plant has other therapeutic benefits too that I will be writing in upcoming blogs. Stay updated with me and gain knowledge about the plants that grown around you. Like Aloe vera, there are other plants too that are of medicinal value. Please let me know, what is the plant that you want to know about. Comment in the comment section below.
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