Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera, one of the most common ingredients in a large number of skin-care products is not a modern wonder. It has been used from hundreds and thousands of years for its medicinal, beauty and skin care benefits. The health benefits of aloe vera are well documented in the history.

It was a part of Cleopatra’s beauty regimen, while Christopher Columbus and Alexander the Great, used it for treating the wounds of the soldiers.

Aloe Vera is a short stemmed, thick plant. It has triangular leaves that are fleshy and have serrated edges. It also bears fruits that have innumerable seeds in it and yellow flowers. There are three layers in a leaf of aloe vera- the outer layer that synthesizes proteins and carbohydrates, the middle layer which is made up of the bitter yellow latex, and the inner gel which is made up of 98% water.

Nutritional Value of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is known to contain more than 70 active constituents. It contains a large amount of amino acids, saponins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, vitamins, and hormones. Detailed information about the nutritional values of aloe vera is mentioned below-

Minerals- Aloe vera contains an abundance of copper, chromium, calcium, potassium, selenium, manganese, magnesium, zinc and sodium. Some of these are antioxidant in nature and help the body in neutralizing the free radicals in the body. Most of these minerals are highly important for the proper functioning of a large number of enzyme systems in the human body.

Vitamins- Aloe contains vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12. Choline and folic acid are also found in the gel of this plant.

Enzymes- It contains as many as seven enzymes- alkaline phosphate, bradykinase, cellulase, catalase, lipase, carboxypiptidase, and alliase. While the rest aids in the process of the breakdown of fats and sugars, bradykinase has anti-inflammatory property that helps in soothing the inflammation when aloe vera is applied topically.

Hormones- Gibberellins and auxins in aloe vera have anti-inflammatory property and also help in healing the wounds.

 Fatty Acids- Aloe vera has four plant sterols- campesterol, cholesterol, lupeol, and β-sisosterol. They have antiseptic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Calories in Aloe Vera

Aloe vera contains an extremely low amount of calories. A serving of 4oz. of aloe vera gel contains about-

  • Calories- 40cal
  • Sodium- 35mg
  • Sugars- 1gm
  • Carbohydrates- 2gm

9 Unique Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera can be used in many different ways to treat a large number of disorders. From general health to skin, aloe vera has exceptional properties that make it one of the most useful natural sources of remedies. Go through the below mentioned list of remedies and you may find yourself a quick and effective way to treat your disorder.

1.Aloe Vera for Skin

Aloe vera is used on a large extent in many modern skin-care products. It hydrates, nourishes and soothes the skin from dry skin, acne, minor wounds, burns, irritation, wrinkles, dark spots and lot more, aloe vera can treat all these conditions with ease. Use it in the below mentioned methods to improve the health of your skin.

Method No.1.  Aloe Vera Gel

You Need-

  • Aloe vera leaves- 1
  • Clean cloth (optional)
  • Knife

Directions-

  1. Use a knife to cut an aloe vera leaf from the sides
  2. Take out its gel and collect it in a bowl
  3. Apply this gel directly on the affected area to get rid of sunburns, razor burns, bikini bumps, acne, scars, etc.
  4. Let it stay on your skin overnight and cover the area with a clean cloth if required
  5. Use it daily until the discomfort is completely treated

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Method No.2.  Aloe Vera Juice

You Need-

  • Aloe vera leaf- 1
  • Water- 1 glass
  • Honey- 1 tbsp.
  • Knife

Directions-

  1. With the help of a knife cut an aloe vera leaf from the sides and remove its gel
  2. Add this gel to a glass of water and mix thoroughly
  3. Add a tbsp. of honey in this juice and drink
  4. Drink this aloe vera juice in the morning, preferably on an empty stomach on a daily basis to treat a large number of skin related problems

Method No. 3. Aloe Vera Facepack

You Need-

  • Aloe vera leaves- 2
  • Lemon- ½
  • Juicer
  • Knife

Directions-

  1. Take a knife and cut 2 aloe vera leaves from the sides
  2. Collect its gel in a bowl
  3. Extract juice from half a lemon and add it to this bowl with aloe vera gel
  4. Now add this mixture in the jar of a juice and blend it for 2-3 minutes
  5. Take out the contents of the jar into a bowl again
  6. Apply this mixture on your face and neck and let it stay for about 15-20 minutes
  7. When done, wash it off with lukewarm water
  8. Repeat this remedy atleast two times a week to treat common skin related problems like dark spots, acne, breakouts, blemishes, etc.

Method No.4.  Aloe Vera Facial Cleanser

You Need-

  • Aloe vera leaves- 2
  • Olive oil- 2 tbsp.
  • Rosewater- 1 tbsp.
  • Grape seed oil- 4-5 drops
  • Knife

Directions-

  1. With the help of a knife cut the edges of w aloe vera leaves
  2. Remove its gel in a bowl
  3. Now, add 2tbsp. of olive oil, 1tbsp. of rose water and a few drops of grapeseed oil to this bowl and mix all the contents thoroughly
  4. When done, place this mixture in the refrigerator and use it to wash your face
  5. Use it 1-2 times a day to remove the accumulation of dirt, dead skin cells and sebum from the pores and make your skin look attractive. It can also be used to remove makeup.

2.Aloe Vera for Digestion Problems

Aloe vera contains polysaccharides fibers that improve the functioning of the digestive system. It is also a natural laxative and helps in improving the bowel movements. Aloe also contains anthraquinones that are clinically proven to help people who have difficulty in passing stool. Use it in the following way to treat digestion related problems-

Method No. 1. Aloe Vera Juice

You Need-

  • Aloe vera leaf- 1
  • Lukewarm water- 1 glass
  • Knife
  • Bowl

Directions-

  1. Cut 1 aloe vera leaf from the sides and collect its gel in a bowl
  2. Now add this gel in a glass of water and mix thoroughly
  3. Drink this juice every morning in an empty stomach until the digestion problem is completely treated

Aloe Vera for Hair

Aloe vera is also very useful for improving the health of your hair. It balances the pH level of the scalp and increases the production of enzymes that stimulate the growth of hair. Aloe also contains proteolytic enzymes that can help in repairing the damaged cells on the scalp.

The chemical structure of aloe vera is also similar to that of keratin, which is the most important hair protein. It also conditions your hair and makes it silky. Moreover, problems like dry scalp, oily scalp and dandruff can also be treated with aloe vera.

Method No.1.  Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil

You Need-

  • Aloe vera leaf- 1
  • Coconut oil- 10ml
  • Knife

Directions-

  1. With the help of a knife cut an aloe vera leaf and collect its gel in a bowl
  2. Add 10ml of coconut oil to this gel and mix thoroughly
  3. Massage your scalp with this mixture
  4. Wear a bath cap and let the mixture stay on your scalp and hair overnight
  5. Wash it with lukewarm water in the morning
  6. Repeat this remedy atleast twice in a week to improve the health of your scalp and hair

Method No. 2. Aloe Vera and Castor Oil Mask

You Need-

  • Aloe vera gel- ½ cup
  • Powdered fenugreek seeds- 1 tbsp.
  • Basil powder- 1tbsp.
  • Castor oil- 2tbsp.

Directions-

  1. Take a bowl and add ½ cup of aloe vera gel, 2tbsp. of powdered fenugreek seeds, 1tbsp. of basil powder and of castor oil and mix it thoroughly
  2. Apply this paste on your hair and scalp
  3. Wear a bath cap and let this paste stay on your hair overnight
  4. Wash it off with lukewarm water and shampoo in the morning
  5. Use this remedy twice a week to improve the overall health and appearance of your hair, and also to reduce hair fall

Method No. 3. Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil

You Need-

  • Aloe vera gel- ½ cup
  • Tea tree oil- 4-5 drops
  • Rose water- 2tsp.

Directions-

  • Mix half cup of aloe vera gel, 4-5 drops of tea tree oil and 2tsp. of rose water in a bowl
  • Apply this mixture on your scalp
  • Let it stay for 1-2 hours before washing it off with lukewarm water and mild shampoo
  • Use this remedy every alternate day to treat the problem of dandruff

Method No. 4. Aloe Vera and Hibiscus Oil Conditioner

You Need-

  • Aloe vera gel- ½ cup
  • Hibiscus oil- 2tbsp.

Directions-

  1. Mix ½ cup of aloe vera gel and 2tbsp. of hibiscus oil in a bowl
  2. Use this paste in place of a chemical-based conditioner for hair growth, prevent split ends, graying of hair and improve the texture of your hair

3.Aloe Vera and Weightloss

Apart from the beauty industry, the healthcare industry too, is highly impressed with the effectiveness of aloe vera. It contains and abundance of minerals and vitamins that can improve the effectiveness of the diet and regime that you are following to lose weight.

It also helps in improving the absorption rate of the body. Moreover, it is extremely low in calories. Use it in the below mentioned method to support your weight loss regime. It is one of the most unique health benefits of Aloe vera.

Method No. 1. Aloe Vera and Bitter Gourd Juice

You Need-

  • Aloe vera leaves-2
  • Knife
  • Bitter gourd- 2

Directions-

  • Take a knife and cut 2 aloe vera leaves from the side
  • Collect the gel from inside these leaves in a bowl
  • Take 2 bitter gourds, cut it across and remove its seeds
  • Now, add the aloe vera gel and bitter gourds in a blender
  • Blend it for 3-5 minutes, strain it and drink
  • Drink this juice on a daily basis to ensure that your weight loss efforts provide you with fruitful results

4.Aloe Vera for Gum Disease

Aloe vera is also highly beneficial for your dental health. It has very powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that maintain the overall health of your mouth and gums. Moreover, it also contains an abundance of minerals and vitamins that aids in soothing mouth ulcers and gum bleedings.

Method No. 1. Aloe Vera and Salt

You Need-

  • Aloe vera gel- 2tbsp.
  • Salt- ½ tsp.

Directions-

  1. Take about 2tbsp. of aloe vera gel and add ½ teaspoon of salt in it
  2. Brush, you teeth with this paste atleast twice a week to maintain the overall health of your gums

Method No. 2. Aloe Vera Gel

You Need-

  • Aloe vera gel- 2tbsp.

Directions-

  1. Simply massage the affected teeth or gum with aloe vera gel
  2. Let the gel stay on the affected area for 15-20 minutes before washing it off with clean water

5.Aloe Vera for Immunity

Aloe vera is a rich source of antioxidants that help in neutralizing the free radicals in the body that can damage your immune system, making you highly prone to a large number of disorders. Moreover, free radicals also contribute to the process of ageing. Use aloe vera in the below mentioned method to strengthen your immunity.

Method No. 1. Aloe Vera and Carrot Juice

You Need-

  • Aloe vera leaf- 1
  • Carrot- 2
  • Knife
  • Juicer
  • Strainer

Directions-

  1. With the help of a knife cut an aloe vera leaf from the sides
  2. Collect its gel in a bowl
  3. Now, take 2 carrots and cut it in small pieces
  4. Add the aloe vera gel and carrot pieces into a blender and blend it for 3-5 minutes
  5. When done, strain the juice with the help of a strainer and drink
  6. Drink this on a regular basis to strengthen your immune system

6.Aloe Vera for Cholesterol

Aloe vera is also an excellent remedy for people suffering from high cholesterol problem. It helps in reducing the bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. It also helps in reducing blood pressure, chest pain, triglycerides and blood sugar levels. Use the following method to gain maximum benefits.

Method No. 1. Aloe Vera Juice

You Need-

  • Aloe vera gel- ½ cup
  • Water- 1 glass

Directions-

  1. Add about ½ cup of aloe vera gel to a glass of water and mix it thoroughly
  2. Drink this juice everyday in the morning and within few weeks you’ll see visible results in your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels

7.Aloe Vera for Arthritis

Arthritis, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system starts attacking the body can also be treated with aloe vera. It has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties that act as pain reliever and aids in healing the condition. Use the below mentioned method to use aloe vera for arthritis.

Method No. 1. Aloe Vera Juice/Gel

You Need-

  • Aloe vera gel- 2tbsp.
  • Water- 1 cup

Directions-

  1. Add about 2tbsp. of aloe vera gel in a glass of water and drink to relieve arthritis

OR

  1. You can directly apply the gel on the affected joints

8.Aloe Vera for Stress

Aloe vera is also an excellent adaptogen. Adaptogen’s are substances that allow the body on both, mental and physical level to easily adapt to the changes in the environment. It soothes the nervous system and helps in reducing stress, depression and anxiety. It will help you feel better on emotional and physical level and will also enable you to think positively.

Method No. 1. Aloe Vera Juice

You Need-

  • Aloe vera gel- 2-3tbsp.
  • Lukewarm water- 1 cup

Directions-

  1. Add 2-3 tbsp. of aloe vera gel in a cup of water
  2. Mix it thoroughly and drink
  3. You can also add a tablespoon of honey in this juice if you do not like the taste of aloe vera juice
  4. Drink this juice on a daily basis to reduce stress and anxiety

9.Aloe Vera for Improving Blood Circulation

Aloe vera helps in increasing the size of blood capillaries, allowing it to move easily throughout the body and reach every part. Improved circulation also aids in improving the health of your heart. The below mentioned method can be used to improve the condition of heart with aloe vera.

Method No. 1. Aloe Vera Juice

You Need-

  • Aloe vera leaf- 1
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Knife
  • Honey to taste

Directions-

  1. With the help of a knife cut the sides of an aloe vera leaf
  2. Collect the gel from the inside of the leaf in a glass
  3. Add some lukewarm water to this gel and mix thoroughly
  4. Drink this on a daily basis to improve blood circulation

Other Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

There are many other conditions as well in which aloe vera can bring in instant and lasting relief. Go through the below mentioned section to know more about the magical healing properties of aloe vera.

  • When you cut the leaves of aloe vera and remove its gel, you can use that same leaf as a biodegradable scrub that can provide you with amazing exfoliating results.
  • 2tbsp of aloe vera gel along with 2tbsp. of lemon juice and 2tbsp. of brown sugar will provide you with a highly effective remedy for exfoliating dry skin.
  • Athlete’s foot, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and many other conditions can also be treated by either drinking or topically applying aloe vera gel.
  • Men can also replace their shaving cream with aloe vera gel or, they can also lookout for shaving creams with aloe vera in it for better shaving results.
  • Women who suffer from menstrual irregularities can also benefit from aloe vera juice. Moreover, it can also help in treating yeast infection and vaginal irritation.
  • Aloe vera gel can also be consumed or applied for treating hemorrhoids.
  • You can also add aloe vera gel to your steam water to reduce chest congestion, sinus problem and asthma.
  • Cancer patients should also use aloe vera juice as it aids in the growth of non-cancerous cells.
  • Aloe vera gel has very powerful antibacterial properties and it also contains salicylic acid. This makes aloe vera gel an excellent remedy for treating corns.
  • Its gel can also be applied topically to reduce stretch marks and chicken pox marks.
  • Aloe vera juice also works as an exceptional detoxifier which helps in improving the functioning of the liver along with many different parts of the body.

After going through this entire post don’t you feel like the small plant of aloe vera is nothing short of a miracle? Add this magical plant into your life and see how it completely transforms your health with aloe vera benefits.

While you can always purchase aloe vera juice from the market, I’d like to advise you to plant it at your home to ensure that you have an easy access whenever you need. The plant is extremely easy to grow with multiple health benefits and doesn’t need a lot of attention.

Follow the above mentioned health benefits of aloe vera and methods to get quick, safe and lasting results. However, if the condition doesn’t improves or worsens after using an aloe vera remedy, it is better to consult with a medical professional.

Do not continue using the remedy without seeking an expert’s advice as the condition that you are suffering from might be a symptom of something severe.

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If you’ve used any of the above mentioned remedies in the past, have questions, or know about any other aloe-vera based remedy, please do share it with us through the comments section below.

Hey all, I am Suzanne, I love collecting new information on natural cure for health ailments. I always feel that nature has remedies for all our health problems, we just have to use it in the right way. I am DIY pursuer and thus keep trying natural things to get rid of nasty diseases. You will be amazed to know about the treasure mother earth has and how it can help us improve our health. Join me in a journey which take you closer to nature and keep you healthy.

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