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The Miracle Herb- Aloe!

Updated on June 19, 2018
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What is Aloe?

Aloe Vera is a herb with which you can probably never go wrong. It has 99.5%water and acts as an excellent healing herb. It grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. It can also be grown as an indoor potted plant. It is used to hydrate, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin.

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Let's go back in Time

Aloe Vera was considered to be a blessing to mankind by the ancient physicians. The origins of this magic herb dates to North Africa. It gets its name from the Arabic word “Aloe” which means bitter (due to its bitter taste). Vera in Latin means "real". There are more than 300 species of Aloe, but only 4 of them have medicinal properties. Aloe barbadensis miller is at the top of the list for its healing properties.

The name aloe vera applies to Aloe barbadensis miller because only this type of aloe is considered to be the true aloe.

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Benefits for Health

Lowers Risk of Cancer

Cancerous cells feed on certain type of blood vessels to remain alive or grow. This process is known as Angiogenesis. Without these new blood vessels , the cancerous tumors cannot survive or grow. Aloe Vera has certain chemicals that have shown to inihibit the production of these blood vessels and hence, work as an excellent preventive for cancer.

Regular consumption of aloe vera juice can prevent Cancer.

Improves Immunity

Aloe vera consists of vitamins and minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and a variety of other micronutrients. It is believed to contain more than 75 nutrients. Yes, aloe vera is a plant rich in micronutrients!

These micronutrients in aloe vera help in many ways-

  • they increase in the gut bacteria which is known as the "good" bacteria and aide in digestion
  • they rejuvenate and help increase the body's immune system

Reduces cholesterol and regulates Blood Sugar

Aloe vera is known to reduce blood sugar and is used as a supplement in diabetics. It is also shown to have reduced cholesterol. The juice from a fresh aloe vera leaf or the edible forms available in market can be used for the above benefits.

Useful in Treatment of Hemorrhoids

Aloe vera can be used in the treatment of hemorrhoids or piles. The painful condition can be treated by using the aloe vera gel. The pain and itching can be reduced by applying aloe vera gel to the affected area. The gel can also be applied inside with the help of a syringe to treat and heal internal hemorrhoids. It helps in reducing pain as well as bleeding.

Aloe Vera Gel

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Benefits for Skin

Moisturizes Skin

Aloe vera has a number of benefits when it comes to skin treatment. It can be used as a go to moisturizer on a day-to-day basis. It hydrates skin and keeps it soft and supple.

Reduces Acne And Helps Lighten Blemishes

Aloe vera is the best friend for oily and acne-prone skin. The gel can be directly applied to acne. Although it has a slight tingling sensation after application, it heals and dries up the acne. It can also be used for the treatment of blemishes and reduce their appearance.

Prevents signs of Ageing

Aloe vera has excellent anti-aging benefits. Regular application of aloe vera not only keeps the skin soft and supple, but also prevents appearance of wrinkles.

Reduces Tan and Cures Sunburn

Aloe Vera gel can be used to remove tan. It can also be applied to sunburns for instant healing.

Reduces Stretch Marks

People who have lost a lot of weight are generally perturbed by the appearance of stretch marks. Same is the case with pregnant women. Aloe vera is a natural remedy for reducing the stretch marks.

Benefits for Hair

Induces Hair Growth and moisturizes Hair

If you are trying to grow your hair longer, then aloe vera is one of the important ingredients you must incorporate in your hair care routine. the gel of a fresh leaf or the gel available in markets can be applied one hour before washing hair to give your hair a health sheen and grow it long.

One can use organic aloe vera shampoo for washing hair as well.

Reduces Dandruff

Many people have dandruff problem which is not only embarrassing but also frustrating. You can apply aloe vera gel as a natural dandruff cure.

Acts as an excellent Conditioner

Aloe vera not only helps you grow your hair long, but also acts as an excellent conditioner. You can mix it with egg and apply to hair before washing off for smooth and frizz free hair.

References:-

1. Wikipedia-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloe_vera

2. Pyroenergen- https://www.pyroenergen.com/articles10/aloe-vera-immune-system.htm

3. Stylecraze-http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/aloe-vera-for-hair/#gref

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      Sahar ali 

      7 months ago from Lahore Pakistan

      Yeah Aloevera is very useful

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