7 Astounding Uses for this Anti-Inflammatory Plant
Aloe Vera is one of the world’s renowned plants famous for its medicinal properties and beauty benefits. In fact, the ancient queen of Egypt, Cleopatra used the plant as part of her beauty regimen. The plant really is backed by historical accounts and is mentioned in the bible in dozen of passages.
The plant is easy to grow even as a houseplant and it can withstand cooler climates. The gel extract can be applied topically and/or sipped as a juice for nutritional advantages. Aloe Vera is packed with 12 vitamins, 20 minerals, 18 amino acids, and 200 active plant compounds like phytonutrients.
One tip: when you are purchasing the juice or gel, look at the concentration to make sure it is not diluted and that you are buying the pure form. I really enjoy this brand because it is tasteless and can be mixed in smoothies or other natural juices. Here are seven awesome ways Aloe Vera can be used:
1. Skin Soother
Most skin irritations, eczema, minor burns, and acne respond well to Aloe Vera due to its potent natural antiseptic properties. Aloe contains cooling properties as well much like Menthol. It is a great to soothe sunburns even for those undergoing radiation treatments.
Aloe replenishes the skin’s moisture level and it acts a protective layer. As long as the skin is moist and hydrated, it will recover quicker from sunburn. Fresh from the leaf, apply the gel two to three times a day until the skin is healed.
2. Anti-aging Repair
Aloe is packed with Vitamins C and E which helps to improve the hydration and the skin’s firmness. Plus, the skin loves it! Aloe Vera gel infiltrates the skin nearly four times faster than water.
It has superb emollient qualities to help moisturize beneath the skin layers. Make a creamier application to kick up the moisture factor by adding virgin coconut oil for more nutrients and essential fats.
3. Health from the Inside
Aloe Vera Juice is chocked filled with vitamins like A, B1, B2, B5, B12, C, and E including niacin and Folic Acid. Drinking these vitamins and essential minerals replenishes the body’s first line of defense naturally.
It also aids the digestion tract especially during those bouts of stomach troubles. Before beginning your routine, check in with your physician on how much your body needs. To start, drink at least 1 ounce in the morning upon waking.
4. Cosmetic Remover
While there are tons of makeup remover brands on the market, we are fortunate to receive aloe from nature. Aloe safely removes your eye makeup from the delicate skin encircling your eyes.
Since its from nature, you will know exactly what is being absorbed by your skin than those heavily-laden chemical based removers. For the best pampering experience, store your aloe in the fridge and when you are ready to use it, grab a cotton ball and soak the gel into it. Gently swipe your eyes to remove the day’s beauty artwork. If you are out of cucumber slices, cotton pads soaked in aloe are great as a compress for your tired eyes too!
5. Nature’s Shaving Gel and Aftershave
Not only does aloe vera makes for a great makeup remover, it is wonderful for shaving. Its high water content and ultra hydrating properties, provides a smooth surface for a very close shave.
This is also all thanks to its enzymes and its anti-inflammatory quality. You can also use aloe as a cooling aftershave to ward off razor burns and irritations.
6. Relieves Periodontal Disease
According to a study issued by the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, aloe is exceptionally helpful in the treatment of gum diseases like periodontitis. Aloe reduces inflammation, bleeding and swelling of the gums. Its antifungal properties help immensely in the relief of aphthous ulcers and split corners of the mouth. It is a powerful antiseptic where normal cleaning of gums can be tricky.
7. Reduces the visibility of Stretch Marks
The largest organ of the human body, the skin, is like a huge piece of elastic that expands and contract as needed to make space for growth.
The elasticity of the skin can be damaged by weight gain, weight loss and pregnancy. The loss in elasticity gives way to the "tiger stripes" lovingly known as stretch marks. The marks appear due to the small tears in the skin layers causing sudden stretching. A layer of aloe gel every day can help to diminish these marks by healing the wounds.
Do yourself a favor and buy a plant or grow your own Aloe Vera! With so many benefits, it is kind of hard not to consider using Nature’s Soothing Healer!