Aloe Vera produces two substances called gel and latex. Aloe gel is the clear jelly like substance that is found inside the plant. This aloe juice comprises of the pulp extracted from the fleshy plant stems. Aloe juice can be applied on the skin and hair or consumed to get relief from irritable bowel syndrome, inflammation, osteoarthritis and stomach ulcers. It is also a general health tonic that you can consume every morning to reap all its benefits.
Aloe Vera is very useful for curing bowel problems due to its high anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera also helps in the growth of good bacteria in the gut, this keeps all digestive disorders at bay (1).
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune disease which affects the entire body. The immune system attacks the body tissues, especially, the membranes lining the joint. There is inflammation and stiffness.There is fluid buildup in the joints that makes the matter worse.Since, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease; the patients generally have conventional drugs like painkillers, non-steroidal drugs and corticosteroids. These medicines have a harsh impact on health.
Whereas, having aloe juice for two weeks can help reduce inflammation in the body like rheumatism, inflammation of ears and eyes and arthritis. Aloe juice contains anti-inflammatory compounds like plant sterols that help to reduce the pain and stiffness to a great extent. The plant sterols function like the steroid painkillers, without causing any harm to body (2).
Applying the gel externally can ease muscle and joint pains. But do not forget to use freshly prepared gel (3).
Having severe digestive problems? Drink Aloe Vera juice as it reduces symptoms of heart reflux and stabilizes the alkaline levels of the body. It has soothing effect on the stomach walls and reduces heart burn and discomfort. Due to its laxative properties it also treats constipation (4).
Aloe is great for maintaining the cholesterol level by reducing triglycerides. Include fresh Aloe juice in your daily diet to maintain your cholesterol level and increase the level of good cholesterol.By reducing cholesterol you are protecting your heart from damage (5).
You must have taken slimming tablets or tried all the exercises and diets to lose weight. However, you didn't get the desired results. Do you want to lose weight naturally? Aloe vera juice is the easy and natural weight loss solution (6). It reduces weight by stabilizing the metabolic rate, reducing lipid levels and helping burn fat.
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Studies have shown that regular consumption of aloe juice improves oral health and hygiene (7). It reduces gingivitis and plaque formation. It provides a relief for cold sores and mouth ulcers.
Washing the mouth with aloe juice improves the oral hygiene. A study from the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology reveals that the local application of aloe vera juice improves the periodontal health post dental procedures like root canal and scaling. Another study from the Journal of Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine shows that aloe juice helps to reduce oral lichen planus, a common dental problem.
Aloe Vera is good for diabetes patients because it helps to regulate the blood sugar levels when consumed regularly. However, consult your doctor before you start consuming the aloe juice. You need to have the dose prescribed by doctor so that it doesn't interfere with the medicines you are having to curb blood sugar (8).
Mix 2 teaspoons of fresh Aloe Vera juice with 1 glass of water and drink it everyday early in the morning. This will help detoxify and cleanse your system. Aloe juice helps to treat ulcers and detoxify the digestive system (9).
Applying fresh aloe gel directly to the gums reduces the pain and inflammation. Since, oral hygiene affects overall health, it is important to curb gum bleeding and inflammation. If gum bleeding is due to bacterial infection, aloe juice helps to fight infections and makes your mouth clean and fresh. No doubt, so many toothpaste and mouthwashes are made of aloe vera extracts (10)!
Create your own natural eye wash with Aloe Vera gel. Mix 2 teaspoons of aloe gel in a cup of water. You can also add a teaspoon of boric acid. Use this eye wash to reduce the reddening and irritation in the eyes (11).
Suffering from constant sinus problems? Now ditch your medicines and try the natural option. Aloe Vera is rich in magnesium lactate that works as an antihistamine which helps in reducing the problem of sinus and chest inflammation due to various allergies (12).
The regular intake of the aloe juice helps to fight cancer. It contains high level of anti-carcinogenic properties that hinder the growth of tumours (13).
Those who suffer regularly from cold, coughs, flu, stuffy nose, bronchitis and other respiratory disorders, Aloe Vera juice is the best natural solution (15).The Vitamin Ccontent of aloe vera juice ensures protection from common colds that occur with environmental changes.
Aloe Vera is suitable for all skin types including highly sensitive skin. You must have seen and used various skin care products which contain the Aloe gel. It is the most common remedy for all skin problems.
The anti-ageing property of Aloe keeps the skin supple and rejuvenated and also lightens blemishes (16).
Aloe Vera moisturizes the skin and helps to removedead cells, wrinkles and fine lines. Aloe juice also helps to remove stretch marks (17).
Men can use Aloe Vera gel as an after shave. It reduces the irritation and inflammation of the skin (18) and heals the cuts due to shaving.
Suffering from acne for a long time? Then make Aloe Vera your friend as it is the best natural remedy for curing acne and pimples and also its scars. It has antimicrobial property that helps kill the bacteria causing acne and reduces the acne marks by lightening the skin (19).
All of us apply numerous sun blocks and creams to prevent harmful sun rays from damaging our skin. But the rays sometimes penetrate through them. Aloe Vera gel is highly beneficial for treating sun burns. It is an excellent cooling agent. Apply fresh gel on your skin everyday to get immediate results. It reduces the pain and the redness of the skin and forms a protective layer which reduces further damage (20).
It heals cuts and wounds, dermatitis and also insect bites when applied externally (21).
Aloe gel is hydrating and moisturizes the skin well. So it can be used in all weathers to prevent dry and patchy skin (22).
Excessive exposure to dust, sun and pollution makes your hair extremely dry, brittle and damaged. It strips your hair of all its natural oils and moisture causing split ends and dandruff. Aloe Vera is useful for all hair types, especially for dry and damaged hair. Regular use of Aloe Vera in your hair packs make your tresses smooth, soft and damage-free. Following are some of the benefits of aloe vera for your hair.
Aloe Vera is rich in proteolitic enzymes which help to remove the dead skin which clogs the pores of the scalp, which hinders the growth of new hair follicles. Accumulation of excessive sebum on the scalp can lead to hair problems like partial baldness. So the Aloe gel removes the sebum making the scalp squeaky clean and promoting hair growth (23).
Aloe Vera is widely used for curing dandruff since the ancient times. Due to its property of enzymatic breakdown of skin cells and anti- fungal properties, it helps to reduce dandruff from the scalp. It also heals scalp diseases like psoriasis and seborrhea (25).
You can add 2 teaspoons of fresh Aloe gel into your favourite conditioner and use it daily. This would enhance the moisturizing properties of your conditioner as it deeply hydrates your hairshafts giving you soft and smooth hair. You can also make these following hair packs for hair conditioning at home (26).