Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera plants have been used for centuries its endless magical health benefits and natural medicinal healing properties .
The name Aloe vera derives from the Arabic word “Alloeh which means shining bitter substance, while “vera” means true. in Latin –
2000 years ago Greek scientists regarded Aloe vera as the universal panacea while the Egyptians called Aloe the plant of immortality.
Today, Aloe vera gel is most commonly used for skin healing but that nots its only secret use. Read on .
Aloe vera has been used for all over the world medicinally in Greece, India, Egypt,Mexico, Japan China. Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used it as part of their regular beauty regime. It has been used successfully in the treatment of chronic and severe radiation dermatitis. which makes sense if you consider it is used for burns.
The Active components of Aloe vera contain over 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.
- Vitamins: It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. Antioxidant neutralizes free radicals.
- Enzymes: It contains 8 enzymes: aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. Bradykinase helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically, while others help in the breakdown of sugars and fats.
- Minerals: It provides calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. They are essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme systems in different metabolic pathways and few are antioxidants.
- Sugars: It provides monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides: (glucomannans/polymannose). These are derived from the mucilage layer of the plant and are known as mucopolysaccharides. The most prominent monosaccharide is mannose-6-phosphate, and the most common polysaccharides are called glucomannans [beta-(1,4)-acetylated mannan]. Acemannan, a prominent glucomannan has also been found. Recently, a glycoprotein with antiallergic properties, called alprogen and novel anti-inflammatory compound, C-glucosyl chromone, has been isolated from Aloe vera gel.
- Anthraquinones: It provides 12 anthraquinones, which are phenolic compounds traditionally known as laxatives. Aloin and emodin act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.
- Fatty acids: It provides 4 plant steroids; cholesterol, campesterol, β-sisosterol and lupeol. All these have anti-inflammatory action and lupeol also possesses antiseptic and analgesic properties.making it an ideal way to help reduce cholesterol levels naturally.
- Hormones: Auxins and gibberellins that help in wound healing and have anti-inflammatory action.
- It provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids including7 of the 8 essential amino acids and contains salicylic acid that possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties
Aloe vera can help lighten dark spots
Fresh Aloe vera is good for hyperpigmentation by lowering melanin formation if used daily.
Recipe 1: Aloe Vera, Lemon, And Honey
- Combine one teaspoon of honey, a half of a lemon, and two tablespoons of aloe vera gel and stir well
- Take the mixed product and apply it to the skin
- Once dry, rinse off thoroughly with water
- Repeat the one to two times a week for optimal results
Recipe 2 Aloe Vera with fresh Lemon
- Combine four tablespoons of aloe vera gel with lemon juice of 2 lemons
- Wash the skin thoroughly before applying
- Spread one thin layer of the mixture onto the skin
- Leave in place for 15 minutes
- Rinse it thoroughly off with water
- Repeat this process daily for optimal results
Recipe 3 : Aloe Vera with Vitamin E
- Combine half of a teaspoon of vitamin e with one teaspoon of aloe vera
- Take the mixture and gently massage it into the skin
- Leave it on for 30 minutes
- Rinse it off thoroughly with water
- Repeat this process once a week for optimal results
Recipe 4 : Aloe Vera with Shea Butter
- Combine one teaspoon of aloe vera and one teaspoon of shea butter and mix thoroughly ( you can also use one teaspoon of olive oil in place of shea butter)
- Apply the mixture to the skin
- Leave on for 15 minutes
- Rinse completely with water
- Repeat this process two to three times a week for optimal results
Aloe is highly calming for inflamed skin – can stimulate natural healing.
Aloe can helps accelerate wound healing. … when used for teeth – it can reduce dental plaque. … can helps treat mouth sores. … combat constipation. … It lowers blood sugar levels.
This is why Aloe is such a magical plant and a must have for every household – indoor and outdoor varieties are available to buy.