What is aloe vera?
Aloe Vera or also simply known as aloe is a succulent plant that belongs to the lily family. Naturally, there are about 400 different species of aloe but only one is extremely beneficial to us; Aloe Vera. This plant is made out of only green leaves with spikes at the edge and has a thick, clear, jelly-like filling inside the leaves; often describe as gel. The best thing about aloe vera is that its gel can be easily extracted and used in several ways to get countless benefits related to skin, health, weight loss and much more. Aloe vera can also be used in foods especially salads for a boost of healthy eating. It can be consumed raw as well as in cooked foods. In Malaysia, aloe vera is commonly made into two categories. One as casual consumption (especially in drinks) and the other as medication for the skin. However, what most people do not realize is that it actually has a vast amount of minerals and vitamins including vitamin A, B and C followed by basic amino acids (proteins)! The vitamins and minerals are so abundant that it actually beat the nutritional contains in apples, oranges and even lemons!
Did You Know? Aloe Vera plant has been mention in the bible six times as fragrance, incense and as offering!
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Only two parts of the aloe plant can be used; the gel and latex. In the center of the leaf, is where the gel can be extracted from the cells while the latex is gathered from the cells under the skin’s leaf.
With the gel and latex, it can be taken orally or applied physically as natural medicine for a multitude of problems relating from:
- Fever (colds)
- Joints (osteoarthritis)
- lungs (asthma)
- Stomach (stomach ulcers caused by chronic gastric)
- Digestion (detoxification)
- Bowel diseases (ulcerative colitis, constipation)
- Blood (to combat acidic blood or diabetes)
- General health (boost the immune system)
- Skin (bleeding, itching, inflammation, burns, frostbite, psoriasis)
- For women (absence of menstrual periods)
- Slows down ageing process
The list goes on.
Aloe Vera Benefits
Primarily with it’s re-hydration, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, aloe vera can also be used for:
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Besides hundreds of other uses of this amazing plant aloe vera is one of the best remedies for treating your skin problems. With it’s anti-allergic property, this heavenly plant is useful against diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and itchy skin. It also helps in treating burns, bruises, pimples and other scars .
To top it all off, by just applying it on skin level, it also makes your skin look younger and shinier with a glow and firms the skin. It improves the elasticity of skin by maintaining the quantity of collagen in the skin which is powerful against cellulite. It also provides hydration for the skin.
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The usage of aloe vera gel on the hair can be traced back all the way to the times of ancient Egyptians. This humble plant contains the proteolytic enzymes which promotes hair growth and eradicate dead skin cells on the scalp.
The keratolytic action from the enzymes actually break down the sebum (an oily secretion produced on the scalp) and other dead scalp cells coupled with an alkalizing effect to balance the pH level which results in hair growth and moisture retention on the scalp.
This amazing moisturizing property will als eliminate dryness that causes flaky skin, dandruff and also itchiness caused by an oily scalp.
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To instantly get a glowing, flawless, firmed skin, you can apply a homemade mixture of freshly extracted aloe gel. With the rich sources of minerals and vitamins present in aloe, It prevents the appearance of fine lines under the eyes and wrinkles on the face and together, help restore the natural youthful look on the applicant. It also helps in swollen lips by just applying the gel or any aloe vera lipstick product (be sure to be certified authentic natural aloe ingredients) on the affected area followed by a gentle massage. The swelling will subside within a couple of days.
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Not only does it have moisturizing properties but aloe vera gel is the best acne fighting ingredient. Its gel can be applied directly to the skin for treating acne. Traditionally, it has been used as a homemade remedy by applying the prepared gel onto the face. The challenge would be having to find or grow your very aloe plants in your backyard. In our current times however, this unique plant can also be found in branded and certified cosmetics or care products in the form of creams, tonics, serums, aloe mask and face washes. So it is up to the user, to decide whether it is more time saving to purchase or to produce.
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We all know constipation is caused by dehydration and dietary lifestyle (lack of fibers, frequent travelling and stress). We also know that aloe vera has abundant of fibers and the best way to obtain that is by either consuming the aloe vera juice, gel or capsules.
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Aloe Vera contains natural antioxidants that help retard growth of free radicals in the body. This in turn stimulates metabolism rate which increase the rate the calories burn. The more calorie burnt by the body, the easier it is to drop in weight. It is scientifically proven that a regular intake of aloe vera juice will increase metabolism and thus supporting your journey to your perfect weight.
With all the natural fibers and detoxifying elements in the juice, it supports the colon system to eliminate food and improve absorption whereby eliminating weight from the digestive area.
Also, it helps to regulate blood sugar which results in a more stable energy levels and lesser hunger pangs.
In a nutshell, aloe vera’s therapeutic properties can be divided into the following categories:
- It eases and even cures inflammatory process in our bodies due to diet (eg. diabetes) and physical exposure (eg. physical injuries, cuts)
- Regular consumption of aloe vera juice with treat various inner medical problems such as diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and many more.
- It has an excellent moisturizing effect; firming, increasing elasticity, toning, rejuvenating, and also revitalizing the skin.
- The gel has hydration and healing abilities to ease irritating skin and also treat damaged skin caused by the chemical pollutions around us and also allergies.
- With it’s strong antibacterial properties, it is a perfect solution to treat a vast status of infections caused by fungal, bacterial and even viral