Aloe Vera, also known as the ‘plant of immortality’ by the ancient Egyptians, was used for its healing properties since time immemorial. Aloe Vera plants are commonly found in the African regions and belong to the family of Xanthorrhoeaceae, known for its succulent or fleshy leaves. This nontoxic plant stores water in its leaves and survives in low rainfall and arid regions. Aloe Vera leaf looks unique; it doesn’t have any stems and the edges of leaves have tiny spikes. Aloe Vera is highly regarded as a miracle or wonder plant for its healing properties. You must have seen this ornamental plant in terrace gardens, but didn’t realize it’s worth. The various healing properties make aloe vera a favourite choice among organic and fitness enthusiasts. This magical plant is used for the treatment of various kinds of diseases and illness. Aloe vera consist as much as 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids and 200 active enzymes. Aloe vera contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and B12, Vitamin C and E, folic acid and Niacin. Minerals found in aloe vera include copper, iron, sodium, calcium, zinc, potassium, chromium, magnesium and manganese. The nutrients naturally present in aloe vera makes it a potential herbal product that can be safely used both internally and externally. This exotic plant contains other beneficial compounds like polysaccharides, mannans, anthraquinones and lectins. The presence of these nutrients makes it possible to use aloe vera for variety of therapeutic purposes.
Aloe Vera has been found to be helpful for:
Easing inflammation and soothing arthritic pain Ulcers, including those caused by H. pylori bacteria Crohn’s disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and other digestive disorders Helping treat and prevent candida and parasite infections Accelerating healing from wounds, burns, and ulcers (externally and internally) Relieving constipation Stabilizing blood sugar Protecting kidneys Oxygenating the blood and protecting the body from oxidative stress Helping repair “sludge blood” and reversing “sticky blood” Reducing high blood pressure Providing electrolytes Improving physical performance and recovery Improving skin Helping reduce and reverse acid reflux Helping heal gum disease Reducing heart attacks and strokes Helping halt growth of cancer tumors
Benefits Of Aloe Vera For Skin
Due to its several benefits and uses to the skin and hair, Aloe Vera has acquired pronounced recognition and has become an important natural ingredient to be used in various beauty products by even big brands. Aloe Vera has many properties that are useful in treating a number of skin problems, such as flaky or dry skin, cosmetic disorders, hair and scalp problems.
1. Aloe Vera As A Moisturizer: It possesses great moisturizing properties, so it’s really beneficial for dry skin. This natural moisturizer maintains the skin hydrated and enhances its elasticity. When applied topically, it releases natural enzymes and essential vitamins on the skin to yield a deep moisturizing effect that causes to restore pH balance as well. It also supplies oxygen to the skin, which strengthens the skin tissues and maintains the skin healthy.
The best thing is it moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel, so it’s ideal for those having oily complexion. It’s great for facial use, particularly for women who use makeup often, as it really cleanse and soften the skin.
2. Aloe Vera For Men: It can be effectively used as an Aftershave Lotion because of its healing properties. It can treat small cuts caused by shaving. So it’s useful for both women and men.
3. Aloe Vera For Acne Treatment: Aloe Vera gel possesses two hormones – Auxin and Gibberellin that provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Because of these properties, it can be used to reduce inflammation, blistering and itchiness. Gibberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone. It not only promotes the growth of new skin cells, but also stimulates the skin to heal quickly and causing minimal scarring. Whereas, it does not completely cure the acne but it reduces the inflammation and redness of the skin effectively. You can also use it to prevent the triggering of pimples and acne.
You can apply Aloe Vera Gel or juice directly on the affected area to cure acne. Alternatively, you can make an aloe vera face mask for acne by boiling aloe vera leaves in water and making a paste. Mix in a few drops of honey, and apply it to your face. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes, and then rinse it off with water.
4. Prevent Skin Aging: Aloe Vera leaves contain lots of anti-oxidants, including beta carotene, vitamin C and E that improve the natural firmness of the skin and keep the skin hydrated. Its regular application improves skin’s elasticity and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles associated with aging and loss of skin’s elasticity. While refreshing your skin, it makes your skin lively and young leaving it soft and hydrated.
5. Heals Skin Disorders: Due to anti-allergic properties of aloe vera, it can be used to treat various skin ailments, such as eczema, psoriasis, itchy skin, etc. Its healing properties combined with anti-allergic properties make it helpful in treating blisters, insect bites and other allergic reactions also.
6. Aloe Vera For Glowing Skin: Aloe Vera helps to get rid of dead skin cells and replaces it with new ones, providing a radiant glow to the skin. Drinking Aloe Vera juice provides body with vital nutrients that make your skin healthy.
Here is an aloe vera face mask recipe for a healthy and glowing skin.
Method: Make a smooth paste by mixing a small amount of turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of whole milk, I teaspoon of honey and a few drops of rose water. Add in some Aloe Vera Gel and mix all the natural ingredients thoroughly. Apply this concoction evenly onto your face and neck, leaving it there for about 20 minutes. Wash off with water and pat dry to get refreshing glowing skin.
7. Aloe Vera Face Pack To Remove Tan: Tanning spoils your natural beauty look and is not pleasing to eyes. Use this aloe vera and lemon juice face pack / mask to get rid of unwanted tan.
Method: Mix well Aloe Vera gel and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply the mixture onto your face and other affected area with your fingers or a cotton ball. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, and then wash it off with cold water.
8. Aloe Vera Can Treat Sunburns And Stretch Marks: Aloe vera gel with wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties helps to treat sun burn at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover your body. It also helps to lessen the inflammation and pain associated with sunburn. It works to replenish the skin’s natural moisture and also serves as a protective shield for the skin against further deterioration and enables fast healing of the skin due to its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties. Moreover, Aloe Vera additionally helps to decrease stretch marks due to its natural healing characteristic.
9. Aloe Vera For Face: You can use this face scrub for cleansing, moisturizing, refreshing and rejuvenating all types of skin – whether dry, oily, normal or sensitive.
Method: Take a ripe avocado, cut it in halves and scoop out its pulp. Mix in oats, Aloe Vera gel and a teaspoon of honey. Blend all the ingredients together in a lump-free paste. Massage the mixture gently onto your face and neck, and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.
10. Aloe Vera For Skin Pigmentation Marks: Aloe Vera and rosewater face mask are an effective natural remedy to lessen the appearance of pigmentation and blemishes on the skin. This mask also helps reducing age spots as well as treats other small cuts and light burns.
Method: Mix Aloe Vera gel with rose water to make a thick solution. Massage this concoction gently onto your face or affected area, and leave for 20 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. You will find the pigmentation marks, age spots and acne/pimple marks disappearing slowly with its regular usage.
11. Aloe Vera To Lighten Skin: Rub Aloe Vera gel regularly on your face and skin to lighten your skin and to make it soft and supple.
12. Aloe Vera For Foot Care: You can make an Aloe Vera gel foot scrub at home. This natural foot scrub works to make your feet soft and smooth. The sugar and rice powder will exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin cells and the Aloe Vera gel will work to rejuvenate your feet skin with its soothing properties.
(i) Take 2 teaspoons each of sugar and coarsely powdered rice powder and a scoop of Aloe Vera gel. Mix well all the three ingredients to make an instant foot scrub.
(ii) Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes, and then rub this homemade scrub on your feet for 5-10 minutes.
Homemade Aloe Vera Face Masks
You can also reap the skin benefits of Aloe Vera by using these DIY face packs according to your skin type:
14. Aloe Vera And Honey Face Mask For Oily Skin: Oily skin is usually prone to acne and pimples. This face pack is excellent for controlling and rejuvenating oily and greasy skin. Regularly applying this mask can do wonders for oily skin. Apply this home remedy once a week to get clear skin.
(i) Cut out the Aloe Vera flesh from a leave our use high quality Aloe Vera Gel
(ii) Mix in some organic honey and apply the mask onto your face and neck. Let it stay for about 20 minutes, and then wash it off with cold water.
15. Aloe Vera, Olive Oil And Almonds Face Mask For Dry Skin: This face mask is great for dry, dull and aged skin. Use this mask to moisturize your skin, leaving it rejuvenated, soft and supple.
(i) Crush a few almonds into a powder form and mix it well with Aloe Vera gel and olive oil to form a thick paste.
(ii) Apply the mask onto your face and neck, leaving it in for 20 minutes. Wash it off with cold water to lock in moisture into your skin.
16. Aloe Vera, Yogurt, Cucumber And Rose Water Face Mask For Sensitive Skin: This face mask is very mild and perfect for sensitive skin. It works wonders on sensitive skin by removing oil, dead skin cells, impurities, dirt and leaving your sensitive skin clean and rejuvenated.
(i) Mix well Aloe Vera Gel with some cucumber juice and plain curd (plain yogurt) and add in 3 drops of rosewater or rose essential oil to it. You can use any other essential oil, if rose water or rose essential oil is not available. Stir it thoroughly to form a thick paste.
(ii) Apply the mask onto your face and neck, leaving it for about 15-20 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
This natural remedy is an effective mild way to get rid dirt, impurities and rashes from sensitive skin.
17. Aloe Vera, Cucumber And Oatmeal Face Mask For Exfoliating Skin: This mask works as an effective natural scrub to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. You can use this pack to rejuvenate and brighten your skin.
(i) Blend Aloe Vera Gel and cucumber to form a smooth thick paste. Mix in some oatmeal and blend it again thoroughly.
(ii) Apply this pack onto your face and neck, and scrub it with your fingers in small circular motions for about 5 minutes. Let this stay for about 10 minutes. Wash it off with water to remove damaging skin cells from your skin.
18. Aloe Vera Gel, Mango Pulp And Lime Juice For Detoxifying Your Skin: This homemade face mask cleanses and provides a radiant glow to your skin.
(i) Mix Aloe Vera gel with some mango pulp and a little bit of lemon juice. Blend these natural ingredients together to form a thick paste.
(ii) Apply this pack on your face and neck, and message it for 2-3 minutes with your fingers in circular motions. Let it stay there for about 20 minutes. When done, rinse it off with cold water.
This home remedy will liven up your skin and provide a radiant glow to your face.
ALOE VERA DRINKS
Enjoy the benefits of Aloe Vera in several healthy varieties of fresh, stabilized Aloe Vera gel. The primary ingredient of all varieties is raw aloe vera gel, which provides a rich supplement to healthy nutrition. Drink any one of these on a daily basis to assist digestion and absorption of nutrients, to add vitamins, minerals and amino acids to your diet, and above all, to promote a good, healthy lifestyle.