Aloe Vera Benefits for Your Overall Beauty

Do you know that the manufacturing of aloe vera extracts is one of the largest botanical industries in the world? Yes, that’s because aloe vera is a popular medicinal and beauty plant that has been used for thousands of years.

The botanical name of aloe vera is Aloe barbadensis miller, and it belongs to the Liliaceae family, the same family that garlic and onions belong to. The geographic origin of aloe vera is believed to be in Sudan, and it was later introduced in the Mediterranean region and most other warm areas of the world, including Africa, Asia, India, Europe and America.

Aloe vera is a perennial, xerophytic, succulent plant that’s green and has triangular, fleshy leaves with serrated edges. The bulk of the aloe vera leaf is filled with a clear gel-like substance, which is approximately 99% water. Aloe vera contains over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide, and fatty acids.

Most people use aloe gel as a remedy for skin conditions, including burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores. Not only for skin conditions, aloe gel is also used for treating osteoarthritis, bowel diseases, fever, itching and inflammation. It’s also used as a natural remedy for asthma, stomach ulcers, diabetes and for soothing side effects of radiation treatment.

Some ways to use aloe vera is to apply the gel directly, make a pack using aloe vera along with some other special ingredients from your kitchen, or consume it as aloe vera juice.

Here’s a list of aloe vera’s benefits when used topically:

Improve the Healing of Burns
When used topically aloe vera can soothe inflamed skin and enhance collagen and hyaluronic acid to help rejuvenate skin. When aloe vera gel is used on burns, it prevents UV-induced suppression so the area can heal at a faster rate.

Treat Acne
Aloe is soothing and can reduce skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly. In Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe is used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.

Fight Aging
Aloe leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin's natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated, thus fight wrinkles off.

Act as Skin Moisturizer
Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel, so it`s perfect for anyone with an oily skin complexion.

Help with Stretch Marks
Stretch marks appear due to minor tears in the layers of the skin caused by sudden and excessive stretching. Aloe vera gel can help hide these stretch marks by healing these wounds.

Moisturize Hair and Scalp
Aloe vera is a great natural treatment for dry hair or an itchy scalp. It has nourishing properties and tons of vitamins and minerals to keep your hair strong and healthy.

Treat Mouth Ulcers or Canker Sores
Application of Aloe vera, either as a patch or gel, has been shown to aid in the recovery of mouth ulcers (canker sores).

Reduce Dental Plaque
When used as a mouth rinse, pure aloe vera juice is just as effective at reducing dental plaque buildup as regular mouthwash. Aloe vera does this by killing the plaque-producing bacterium Streptococcus mutans in the mouth, as well as the yeast Candida albicans.

 

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