The aloe vera is a powerful plant which is part of the lily family known for its diverse perennials with short stems and thick, crowded leaves.
Aloe vera has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Originally native to North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands, today aloe vera is grown in tropical climates worldwide. From relieving heartburn to slowing the spread of cancer, the numerous benefits of the aloe vera plant is now being known and its numerous benefits are being appreciated.
Aloe Vera is renowned as an ’heal-all’ that is good for many conditions, both internal and external. It is so good that it has no adverse effect.
Here are the benefits:
Aloe vera juice is crammed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals making it one of nature’s most effective cleansers. ‘It can help strengthen digestion and rid the body of any nasty waste, thus detoxifying the body naturally,’ says Sebastian Pole an expert in herbalism. ‘Its main property is to be soothing, cooling and moistening which helps to clear inflammatory and irritating heat, such as in menopause, plus inflammatory skin and digestive problems, such as acne, and rosacea .’
As an exfoliator
Exfoliation is important if you want to reveal glowing, fresh skin. Aloe is a great base for a homemade scrub because it helps soften your skin and supply oxygen to your cells, strengthening the tissue to create vibrant skin. Mix 1/2 cup of aloe with just enough brown sugar or baking soda. Then rub it on your elbows, heels, arms, or wherever else needs softening in the shower.
For bad breath
For bad breath, drink up to 1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel dissolved in a 1/2 cup of water or apple juice, suggests herbalist Letha Hadady, author of Healthy Beauty. Aloe vera contains an anti-inflammatory compound called B-sitosterol that soothes acid indigestion, a common cause of bad breath. But resist the urge to chug as in large doses, aloe vera can work like a laxative.
Stepping up in the battle against cancer.
According to a new study, aloe-emodin, a compound in aloe vera leaves, could slow down the spread of breast cancer cells. Researchers are currently investigating how aloe may play a role in other types of cancer, as well.
An alternative to mouthwash. A study found its extract to be a safe and effective alternative to chemical-based mouthwashes. The plant’s natural ingredients, which include a healthy dose of vitamin C, can block plaque and also provide relief if you have bleeding or swelling gums.
Boosting your vitamin and mineral intake
Aloe vera juice is packed with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and folic acid. It’s also rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium and potassium. When you take it in, you are increasing your vitamin and mineral intake.
Aloe vera is full of natural vitamins and enzymes that can directly promote healthy hair.
Good for burns, acne and hydrating skin
When used topically, aloe vera can soothe inflamed skin and enhance collagen to help rejuvenate skin.