8 Amazing Uses of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has been known for its healing properties for at least 6,000 years. Aloe vera is extensively used in beauty products and for good reason. It’s got antiviral and antibacterial properties, and the ability to help treat everything from constipation to diabetes. 

Aloe vera, or Aloe barbadensis, is a thick, short-stemmed plant that stores water in its leaves. It is best known for treating skin injuries, but it also has several other uses that could potentially benefit health.

This article lists eight potential health benefits of Aloe Vera:

1Aloe Vera for dry skin

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Take some aloe vera, a pinch of turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of milk and a few drops of rose water. Blend this mix till you get a paste. Apply it and leave in for about 20 minutes or so.

2Sunburn relief

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Some people swear by aloe to calm a sunburn. You might have experienced the gel’s cooling effect yourself, but the research backing up the claim that it can speed skin recovery is lacking. 

3Drink aloe vera juice

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The natural taste of aloe vera is so bitter that you wouldn’t think of consuming it as is. Take the gel, dice it into small pieces and blend. Now. mix a bit of this with some other fruit or vegetable juice that’s preferably sweet. You can also use the leaves of aloe vera, blend them, strain and drink. If you find it too bitter then mix it up with honey and drink.

4Aloe vera for acne

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Take some aloe vera gel, blended walnuts with a flour like consistency and honey. Blend this mix till you get a paste. Apply it and leave in for about 20 minutes or so.

Or, simply just rub some fresh aloe vera on your face and rinse it after 20 minutes or leave it on overnight. Aloe vera’s healing properties coupled with the anti-oxidants from honey will leave you with smooth and clear skin.

5Aloe Vera For Hair Fall

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Aloe vera contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair.

A DIY MASK TO TRY OUT:

Mix a cup of aloe vera gel and two tablespoons of castor oil.You can also add two tablespoons of fenugreek powder to this mask. Apply evenly to the scalp and hair strands, cover head with a shower cap and let sit for 1-2 hours. Rinse off with a mild shampoo.

6Lower blood sugar

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A study found drinking two tablespoons of aloe vera juice every day for two weeks helped lower the blood sugar levels among people with type 2 diabetes. Triglyceride levels of the study participants also improved — a big deal for those with diabetes, because they’re at an increased risk of developing heart disease. 

7Reduces constipation

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Aloe vera may also help treat constipation. This time it is the latex, not the gel, that provides the benefits. The latex is a sticky yellow residue present just under the skin of the leaf.

The key compound responsible for this effect is called aloin, or barbaloin, which has well-established laxative effects.

8Aloe vera scrub

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Grab half a cup of fresh aloe vera gel, a cup of sugar and two tablespoons of lemon juice. The sugar will help exfoliate and scrub off dead skin, the aloe vera will deep clean the skin and the lemon will help fade out scars and tan. Stir the three ingredients together and use it to scrub both face and body.

 It takes very little to look after an aloe vera plant, but the benefits you get in return are many. So go ahead, invent your time and money into a healthier you today!