Aloe Vera is popularly used in beauty products and for good health benefits. It’s got antiviral and antibacterial properties, and the ability to treat everything from indigestion/constipation to diabetes. Aloe vera is the crux of a million dollar industry that extends from beauty creams to healthy juices and diet supplements. Over time, aloe vera has integrated itself into everything we use.
The aloe vera plant is about one or two feet tall with prickly and bitter leaves, which act as a defend to keep animals and insects from feeding on the plant. The leaves hold a gooey translucent gel, also extremely bitter, and known all over the world for it’s unbelievable healing properties. This translucent gel is made up of around 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds, a type of protein which contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body and lastly, Vitamin A, B, C and E.
One of the most crucial elements found in aloe vera gel is a complex carbohydrate known as acemannan. It allows nutrients to reach the cells, nourish them and at the same time relieve them of toxins. Ayurveda, Chinese herbal medicine and British herbal medicine have all advocated aloe vera as a healer, when applied or consumed orally.
Aloe vera is called as Kumari in Sanskrit. Kumari refers to a young girl. This name has two derivations.
- It is used in diseases of young girls, like pimples and menstrual problems.
- The plant is beautiful and looks young even after it grows old
Let’s go over some of its most prominent benefits.
1. Aloe Vera for Dry Skin – Take some aloe vera, a pinch of turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, a bit curd 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.
2. Aloe Vera Scrub – Grab half a cup of fresh aloe vera gel, chironji and almond (not so fine) powder and saffron. 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.
3. Aloe Vera for Acne – Take some aloe vera pulp, blended walnuts with a chickpea flour like consistency and honey. Aloe vera’s healing properties coupled with the anti-oxidants from honey will leave you with smooth and clear skin.
4. Aloe vera for Sensitive Skin – Grab some aloe vera gel, curd ,turmeric and rose water, and blend them to a paste. Apply and leave for around 20 minutes, then rinse it off.
Reviewed By – Dr Mili Shah