It may not be classified as an herb, but we felt it worthy of inclusion on this list.
It’s 96 percent water and 4 percent active ingredients.
Including amino acids and enzymes that nourish damaged skin.
The gel of the Aloe Vera plant has as many as 75 nutrients.
And has also turned out to be a very popular remedy for burns and wounds.
The gel of Aloe Vera is potent and it's derived from the plants spike-like leaves.
In fact, minor cuts, bruises and scrapes heal quickly on application of the gel.
Break open the thick leaves.
And apply the gel that seeps out to your skin to soothe sunburn and other skin ailments.
Even shingles, which can be very painful at times, responds positively to Aloe Vera.
The Aloe plant is a part of the lily family.
The health benefits of Aloe Vera have been promoted throughout the world.
And there are very few places where it hasn't made an impact.
Aloe-Vera is available as a gel, spray, lotion, liquid, cream and in the form of a capsule.
In India, physicians have been recommending creams made from Aloe Vera.
Especially for skin eruptions and allergies.
Apart from providing relief from itching, it helps to heal the blisters and sores.
For people suffering from Psoriasis, Aloe Vera has provided relief. By reducing the pain and itching.
The gel causes considerable improvement in the nature of the lesions.
Although the benefits of Aloe Vera are very useful for skin disorders.
The juice is used in cases of people suffering from heartburn, ulcers.
And other digestive disorders.
People suffering from indigestion or irritable bowel syndrome. Claim the juice of Aloe Vera does provide relief.
It's also sometimes used as a laxative.
This juice acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
And in some cases reduces the amount of stomach juices secreted.
Several Japanese studies and clinical trials that have been conducted.
Have shown that Aloe does have an impact on digestive system disorders.
The benefits of Aloe Vera extend to stimulating production of collagen and elastin.
Both of which are necessary to prevent aging of the skin.
As a moisturizer, Aloe Vera is very popular.
As it removes dead cells and also aids in the penetration of healthy substances.
It reduces the intensity of pigmentation and lightens dark spots on the face.
The cosmetic industry is exploring its potential and the we may soon see a mini revolution.
Muscle pain and pain in the joints occurring because of arthritis. Can be alleviated by the application of Aloe Vera gels or sprays.
In fact, if aloe-vera is used regularly, it can actually help regress arthritis.
The gel of Aloe Vera has a beneficial effect in the decrease of total cholesterol.
Triglycerides and blood fat lipid levels.
As these are major factors, which cause coronary heart disease.
It's worth exploring its full potential.
The extract of Aloe-Vera steadies even blood sugar levels.
The full power of Aloe-Vera and the health benefits have yet to be tapped.
It contains almost 20 amino acids.
Vital minerals like calcium, magnesium and sodium in enough quantities.
Enzymes, vitamins, polysaccharides, nitrogen and other components which make it a miracle substance.
Growing it: Plant in pots placed in full sunshine.
DIY: Aloe Vera Gel
Making gel at home couldn’t be any easier if you have a mature plant.
First you need to cut off some leaves from the plant.
Try to pick the leaves that are closest to the soil.
Because then the plant won’t be too irritated and it can continue to thrive.
Then put the cut-off leaves into an upright position for a few minutes to let the darker resin drain out.
This is important because the resin can be a bit irritating on the skin if it finds its way into the gel you’re making.
After the resin has drained.
Wash the leaves and start peeling off the thick skin of the leaves with a knife.
Leaving you with the transparent gel.
If you have long and thick leaves, you can cut them into smaller pieces first.
This will make the peeling and removing of the gel easier.
Place the gel into a blender.
Add a few drops of either grapefruit seed extract, vitamin-C powder, vitamin-E oil.
Or some essential oil to help preserve the gel for longer period.
Pour into a clean glass jar.
And you’ve got yourself some fresh aloe vera gel.
Which will keep for several months in the refrigerator.
Don’t mind that it has some foam on top at first, this will settle down later
Uses for Aloe-Vera
Soothe a Burn: Various studies have shown that aloe is useful in treating wounds and burns.
It’s particularly great at soothing sun burns.
Scoop aloe gel into an ice cube tray and freeze for several hours until hardened.
Apply an ice cube to the affected area for about one minute.
Until your skin starts to feel numb and the ice cube begins to melt.
Banish Bruise: We also recommend using aloe to treat bruises.
Apply aloe gel directly onto the bruise.
Turn it into a lotion or cream.
Or buy aloe lotion from your local health-food store.
Treat Teeth: Anti-fungal and antibacterial, aloe-vera can actually treat bad breath.
Thanks to the anti-inflammatory b-sitosterol, which soothes acid indigestion.
A common cause of bad breath, it can help kill bad bacteria as well as fight tooth decay and gum disease.
Dissolve 1/4 cup aloe gel in 1/2 cup water and drink the solution down to improve your breath and oral health.
Heal Athletes Foot: Athlete’s foot, a common fungal infection.
Is another condition that antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory aloe can help tackle.
Mix aloe-vera gel with a few drops of tea tree essential oil.
Another powerful antibacterial, to create a soothing ointment.
Apply onto the affected area twice a day until the infection starts to disappear.
Sanitize Hands: Fight germs.
(a battle that seems especially necessary during cold and flu season).
With a homemade aloe-infused hand sanitizer.
In a spray bottle.
Combine 2 teaspoons aloe gel with 1 tablespoon witch hazel and 2 teaspoons vitamin-E oil.
Add 10 drops each lavender and tea tree essential oil.
As well as enough filtered water to almost fill your spray bottle.
Shake before use.
Make Up Remover: Remove your makeup with aloe-vera gel.
It’s a great alternative to oil-based removers, and is great for the delicate skin around your eyes.
Soak cooled aloe gel in cotton balls to use.
Or, you can combine 1 cup aloe water with 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil.
And use the same way you would a standard makeup remover.
Shaving Cream: Combined with olive oil, aloe-vera makes a great shaving gel.
Mix one part olive oil with three parts aloe gel.
Mix well and use.
Store the remaining mixture in a container with a tight-lid.
Face Wash: Use to create a gentle face cleanser.
Mix 1/4 cup aloe gel with 2 tablespoons sweet almond (or olive) oil and 1 tablespoon castile soap.
Add about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.
Then use as you would a normal face cleanser.
Lip Gloss: Use to protect and moisturize your lips.
Its high moisture content is very soothing, and it feels especially great on cold sores.
Keep your lips kissable with this homemade solution.
Mix 1 teaspoon fresh aloe gel with 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil and 1/8 teaspoon vitamin-E oil.
Pour into a small, clean container and use up!
Skin Exfoliant: Light homemade scrubs can reduce the appearance of blemishes and blackheads.
By sloughing away dead skin cells that clog pores.
Use moisturizing aloe to make a homemade exfoliating scrub.
Combine 1 tablespoon aloe gel with 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.
To apply, rub a dime-size amount of the mixture to your skin in upward, circular motions.
Rinse and pat dry.
Wrinkle Repair: A study of women in their 40s.
Discovered that aloe gel can improve wrinkles and elasticity in photoaged human skin.
Apply pure aloe-vera gel to the affected area.
Or apply a mixture of aloe gel with a few drops of vitamin-E oil and lavender essential oil.
You can even allow the solution to soak into your face overnight. Washing it off with cool water the following morning.
Hair Mask: Aloe can also benefit your tresses.
To hydrate your hair.
Mix 5 tablespoons aloe gel with 3 tablespoons coconut oil and 2 tablespoons raw honey.
Apply the mixture onto your hair, from root to tip.
Keep it on for about 20 minutes then wash it out with a gentle shampoo.
Digestive Aid: Apart from treating wounds, skin and hair.
It can also boost overall wellness.
Rich in many vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids.
It can soothe and cleanse the digestive tract.
You can find aloe juice drinks for sale at your local health-food store to aid digestion.
Immunity Booster: The polysaccharides in aloe juice stimulate white blood cell activity.
Which fights against viruses.
Drink aloe juice to also boost your immune function.
Super Smoothie: Instead of buying store-bought juice.
Use it to make a delicious health-benefiting smoothie.
It may not be the tastiest plant on the planet.
But surrounded by an array of sweet-tasting fruits it can make a delicious treat. (And with a laundry list of health benefits, it makes sense to take advantage of it via food!)Tweet
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