The healthcare benefits of aloe vera has been known to humankind for thousands of years – first mentions of this wonderful plant date back as far as 2200 BC. Aloe vera was considered so precious that Aristotle even advised Alexander the Great to conquer Socotra just to get to its huge plantations of aloe vera. Nowadays you can find aloe vera in almost every skin ointment, cream, and rejuvenating facial mask as it is one of the most potent remedies to cure all kinds of skin conditions from acne to wrinkles and age spots. But that’s not all! This modest-looking plant is also the source of antioxidants and can be used to create healthy (and delicious!) drinks. Here are 10 simple ways to enhance your beauty with aloe vera.
Instead of treating something when it’s already there, it’s so much better to prevent the aging of skin with all its fine lines and wrinkles that upset so many women. Aloe vera is packed with an incredible amount of vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and a number of other antioxidants that help your skin look young and healthy. The earlier you start using aloe vera – the better! Just apply aloe vera gel every day and you’ll be amazed at the effect it has on your skin.
Dandruff is a nasty skin condition caused by a number of things such as irritated and dry skin or some fungal infection. Yet even dandruff can be cured with a certain amount of aloe vera gel that will balance out the oiliness and keep your scalp perfectly hydrated. It also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that will prevent dandruff from making a comeback. It’s the ultimate cure!
Heal cuts and wounds
With its cooling agents and polysaccharide fibers, aloe vera is an ideal treatment for all sorts of cuts and wounds as it helps soothe the pain and at the same time makes the skin heal faster. Cleanse the area of your cut with peroxide, apply some aloe, cover it all up with a bandage and let it rest for a night. The next day you’ll feel much better!
Cure digestive disorders
Aloe vera has been known to help with constipation as it has high fibre and water content. It feeds all kinds of good bacteria in your digestive tract and thanks to its alkaline properties it also reduces inflammation in the stomach. Be mindful of the amount of aloe vera you intake and see how your body reacts to it. If there’s any discomfort or cramps, you should reduce the amount of aloe you ingest.
Improve your hair health
Aloe vera is one of the best remedies when it comes to rejuvenating your hair. Not only it is great for your scalp, but the hair itself will also benefit greatly if you apply some aloe vera gel on it or, even better, mix it with some coconut oil and make a night mask for your hair. In the morning just wash it off with a little bit of shampoo and enjoy your smooth, silky, tangle-free locks!
Get rid of bad breath
The miracles of aloe vera seem to have no end at all! If you experience some bad breath problems, the cure has finally arrived. Bad breath is usually caused by acid indigestion, which can be reduced by an anti-inflammatory compound called B-sitosterol that is found in aloe vera. Take quarter of a cup of aloe vera gel, mix it with half a cup of water or fresh apple juice, and drink it up. Let the aloe vera do its wonders for you!
If you go to a drugstore you’ll see most of sunburn gels contain aloe vera. Yet it is better if you use aloe vera without any added chemicals just as it is. Apply as much aloe vera as you need onto your sunburnt skin and you’ll immediately feel its cooling effect. Aloe vera reduces burning sensations, eases pain, and makes the redness go away if you apply it before going to sleep.
We all realize how important it is to exfoliate skin at least once in a few weeks to keep it fresh and glowing. Aloe vera can become the perfect base for you DIY exfoliator that is also beneficial to your skin in general. The gel of this incredible plant will strengthen your skin, moisturize it, provide oxygen to the cells, and make your skin all glowing and vibrant. Take half a cup of aloe vera, mix it with some brown sugar or baking soda to create a somewhat gritty texture, and apply it to the areas that need exfoliating – knees, heels, elbows, etc.
It seems Mother Nature created aloe vera especially for this kind of skin condition. Its antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties will protect your skin and keep harmful pathogens from causing inflammation on your skin. Aloe vera’s polysaccharides promote the growth of new skin cells, while glycoproteins reduce redness and help restore skin. Treat your pimples and acne with aloe gel for a gentle, yet efficient healing effect.
Treat minor skin burns
Aloe’s soothing properties can be used to treat minor skin burns as well. If you enjoy cooking or have hyperactive kids that get in trouble more often than not, just keep a bottle of aloe vera gel on your shelf in case you need to deal with a few burns. Apply a bit of gel to cover the burn, use a bandage, and let it sit for a night. You’ll feel the cooling effect of aloe vera immediately as you put it onto your skin.