Aloe Vera Health Benefits & Home Remedies:
The following health article details about “Aloe Vera Health Benefits and Home Remedies.
Introduction to Aloe Vera:- Aloe Vera is one of the wonder plants and has amazing health benefits and excellent nutritional values. Aloe Vera is mainly used in medicinal, cosmetic industries. However, since it has been packed with excellent herbal benefits, it is being used in most of herbal (Ayurveda) products.
When it comes to Aloe plant description, it is a short-stemmed or stemless plant that can reach a height of 25 to 40 inches (60 to 100 cm) spreading by offsets. Aloe leaves are thick and fleshy and exists in grey-green to green where the margin of aloe leaf is serrated and has small white teeth. If you want to grow Aloe Vera plant in pots or in open field, make sure to have requires well-drained, sandy soil and bright, sunny conditions
Apart from using in medicines and cosmetics, aloe plant is also grown for decorative / ornamental purposes. This wonder plant can be grown in indoors and pots / containers. Aloe Vera extract is the main output of the plant. Drinking aloe Vera juice has many health benefits. There are many products being made out of aloe plant such as Aloe Vera juice, Aloe Vera gel, Aloe Vera Shampoo, Aloe Vera soaps / cleansers, Aloe Vera Ointment, Ale Vera supplements, Aloe Vera pills / tablets, Aloe Vera body lotions.
Scientific Name / Botanical Name of Aloe Vera:- Aloe Barbadensis, Aloe Indica, Aloe Barbados, and Aloe Vera.
Family of Aloe Vera:- Aloaceae.
Genus of Aloe Vera:- Aloe L.
Aloe Vera Common Names:- The following are common names of Aloe plant.
- First Aid Plant
- Indian Aloe
- True Aloe
- Chinese Aloe
- Barbados Aloe
- Burn Aloe
Varieties of Aloe Vera:- Some of the most commonly grown Aloe Vera varieties are given below.
- Kokoerbom aloe
- Gold Tooth
- Orange Aloe
- Red Aloe
- Dorian Black
- Yellow Teeth
Aloe Vera Names in Indian Languages:- Aloe Vera is being called with different names in India.
- Hindi – Ghritkumari / Gheekumari
- Marathi – Khorpad
- Tamil – Katralai / Kathalai
- Malayalam – Chotthu kathalai / Kumari
- Telugu – Kalabanda
- Bengali – Ghratkumari / GhritaKumari
- Kannada – Lolisara
- Gujarati – Kumara
- Punjabi – Ghee Kavar
Available or Usable Forms:- Fresh leaves, Aloe Gel, Aloe Vera Juice, Aloe Vera Water, Aloe Vera Oil, Aloe Vera Supplements, Aloe Vera Pills/Tablets, Aloe Vera Soaps, Aloe Vera Shampoos / Moisturizer creams, Aloe Vera lotions, and Aloe Vera Powder.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #1 – Improves Digestion:- Aloe Vera improves digestion since it has excellent laxative properties.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #2 – Aids in Weight Loss:- Drinking Aloe Vera juice on regular basis will help in reducing weight in a quick way. Aloe juice aids in weight loss since it has excellent digestive and detoxifying properties.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #3 – Relieves from Constipation:- Consumption of Aloe Vera juice results in more bowel system activity by making the food intake pass through your digestive system easily. (Aloe Vera juice increases the intestinal water content and the stimulation of peristalsis, this makes you pass stool easily (normally).So consuming aloe juice on regular basis relieves constipation.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #4 – Healthy Liver Function:- Due to Aloe hydrating and rich in phytonutrients properties, consuming of Aloe Vera juice will help to protect your Liver. We can say, Aloe very is an excellent natural liver detoxifier.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #5 – Hydration Properties:- As we know the Aloe Vera is a water-dense plant, this makes to prevent or treat dehydration problems. Hydration is very important in the body detox process to purge and flush out impurities out of the system.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #6 – Anti-Ageing:- Aloe Vera has excellent anti-aging properties which can keep you look young by preventing wrinkles and fine lines on your face.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #7 – Strengthens Immune Power:- Since Aloe Vera is fully loaded with anti-oxidants, this will protect from free radical damage and boosts immune power to fight from any infections.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #8 – Relieves Joint and Muscle Pains:- Freshly extracted Aloe Vera gel is very effective in healing joint pain and muscle pains.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #9 – Treating Burns:- Freshly extracted Aloe Vera gel treats burns and heals at faster rate.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #10 – Healing of Cold Sores:- Application of freshly extracted of Aloe gel is very affective on healing of cold sores when applied couple of times a day. This is because of anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe Vera plant.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #11 – Maintains Oral Hygiene:- If you use Aloe Vera juice as a mouth wash, it can reduce plaque formation, ulcer formation and relieves cold sores in the mouth.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #12 – Controls Cholesterol levels:- Consuming Aloe juice regularly may help in reducing LDL (bad cholesterol levels) and increasing good cholesterol (HDL). It also proved that Aloe Vera juice is good at controlling (lowering) triglyceride (TGCL) levels as well.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #13 – Controls Diabetes:- Regular consumption of Aloe Vera juice is good at controlling blood sugar levels, hence it is very good for diabetic patients.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #14 – Prevents from Cancers:- Aloe Vera is natural plant that can halts the growth of cancer tumors (stopping the growth of abnormal tumor cells). Aloe is fully loaded with anti-oxidants which can prevent colon cancer and stimulate cell re-generation. Apart from these benefits, Aloe Vera oil is helpful in recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #15 – Healthy for Kidneys:- Daily consumption of Aloe Vera juice can prevent from kidney stones forming. This is also very good at protecting from kidney diseases.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #16 – Nourishing the Body:- Regular intake of Ale Vera juice can nourish the body with minerals, enzymes, and vitamins.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #17- Good for Gum/Tooth Health: Gum problems such as pain, bleeding, inflammation can be cured by applying aloe gel onto your gums regularly. Aloe gel is an excellent natural oral hygiene remedy.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #18 – Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal and Anti-Septic:- Aloe Vera gen and Aloe based ointments works as Anti-Septic, Anti-Bacterial an Anti-Fungal, and Anti-yeast medicine.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #19 – Good for Skin Health:- Aloe Vera gel or Aloe Vera oil can be used to cure skin related problems such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and skin related boils/ulcers. Aloe can also be applied on wounds to fight with infections. This oil is also helpful in treating the seborrheic dermatitis and genital herpes.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #20 – Good for Hair Health:- Aloe Vera oil is very good for hair health and can prevent hair fall and strengthen your hair. Regular application of aloe Vera hair oil results in strong, thick hair. Aloe hair oil also make healthy scalp by improving blood circulation, maintaining the pH balance. Aloe Vera hair oil is also very useful in treating dandruff problems.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #21- Good for Respiratory Disorders:- Aloe Vera is a great source of ‘vitamins” including vitamin ‘C’ and Magnesium. If the aloe juice is taken on empty stomach on daily basis, some common problems like cold, sinus, flu, cough and bronchitis can be healed.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #22 – Healing of Rheumatoid Arthritis:- Aloe Vera has good anti-inflammatory properties hence regular consumption of aloe juice can heal the inflammation caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #23 – Removes Stretch Marks:- Aloe Vera gel is a natural remedy for reducing stretch marks and other skin related problems.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #24 – Good for Cardiovascular Health:- Daily intake of Aloe Vera Juice may result in controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels which directly helps with cardiovascular health.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #25 – Reduces Acid Reflux and Heart Burn:- As we mentioned before that Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe the stomach lining and the esophagus hence it is being used in GERD (gastro oesophageal reflux disease). GERD is the main reason for acid-reflux, heart burn.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #26 – Dandruff Control and Conditioning Hair:- Aloe Vera is excellent solution for dandruff problems and any scalp issues. Since Aloe Vera has anti-fungal properties, it can assist is preventing dandruff and scalp. Aloe Vera gel should be applied on your hair after head bath. This can make your hair strong, thick and shine.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #27- Treating Piles:- Daily intake of Aloe Vera juice may relieve from Piles problems due to its anti-inflammatory properties
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #28: Healing Wounds and Insect Bites:- Due to anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe Vera gel, It acts very effectively against small cuts, bruises, wounds, insect bites, and any skin irritations.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits #29 – In Aromatherapy / As Massage oil:- Massaging body with Aloe Vera massage oil can treat rheumatic, body, back, neck, leg and shoulder pains and make you relaxed. Frequent body massage with Aloe Vera oil can make glowing, smooth skin and also this can repair skin to keep healthy and young. Aloe Vera massage oil can also be used with other essential oils in Aroma therapy to rejuvenate the skin.
Supplemental and Nutrition Facts of Aloe Vera:- The following are supplemental facts and elements of Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera plant is excellent source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids which are very much essential for good health and beauty.
- Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, & B12
- Minerals: Calcium, Sodium, Magnesium, Iron, Copper and Potassium
- Anthraquinones: Aloe Vera consists of 12 organic compounds which called anthraquinones. Laxative effect is caused by a compound called “Aloin” and “emodin” compound is useful in pain relief, antibacterial and antiviral situation
- Polysaccharides: Aloe Vera contains a type of sugar called “Acemannan” and this is believed to have antiviral properties.
- Fatty Acids: Aloe Vera plant has 4 plant-based fatty acids which are proved to be anti-inflammatory and anti-septic agents. These fatty acids also contain pain relieving components. Aloe Vera contains about 20 amino acids and 7 of which are essential.
Home Remedies with Aloe Vera:- The following are some of the natural home remedies which can be prepared with Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera Home Remedies #1 – Scars: Apply fresh and pure aloe Vera gel on the affected area (scars) and let it soak into your skin at night. To get best results, mix it with few drops of vitamin ‘E’ oil and apply.
Aloe Vera Home Remedies #2 – Acne: If you grow Aloe Vera plant in your backyard and indoor, take fresh leaves of Aloe and peel the top layer and take the gel directly on effected Acne area. After applying leave it for overnight and rinse it off with cold water in the early morning.
Aloe Vera Home Remedies #3 – Hair Loss: For hair growth, healthy scalp, strong hair roots and to prevent from hair loss, take fresh Aloe Vera gel and massage the scalp with your fingertips. Leave this for 30 to 45 minutes and take head bath to wash it off.
Aloe Vera Home Remedies #4 – Stretch Marks: As we already discussed about skin health benefits of Aloe Vera, now let us see how you can reduce or remove stretch marks using this. You can use Aloe Vera gel from store or pure and fresh gel extracted from the leaves. It is preferred to use pure and fresh gel extracted from aloe leaves. After extracting pure aloe gel, apply on stretch mark area and leave it for couple of hours (3 to 4 hours) and then wash the area. You can repeat the same for couple of times to reduce the stretch marks intensity.
Aloe Vera Home Remedies #5 – Dandruff Removal: Aloe Vera is very good at relieving dandruff symptoms such as dry hair, itchy scalp. Apply Aloe Vera gel or fresh juice on the scalp and massage gently for uniformity. Once the application is done use shower cap to cover the hair. Leave it for 25 to 30 minutes and wash the hair with any good shampoo. Repeat the same process once or twice in a week to control the dandruff.
Aloe Vera Home Remedies #6 – Insect Bites: Since Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, this can work very well against insect bites. Take fresh and pure gel from aloe plant leaves and rub on the affected area. You can repeat the same remedy for couple of times to heal completely from insect bites.
Aloe Vera Home Remedies #7 – Sunburn / Razor Burns: Extract pure gel from aloe Vera leaves and apply on sunburn / razor burn areas to get rid of inflammation, redness and to reverse any damaged skin cells.
Aloe Vera Home Remedies #8 – Wrinkles: Aloe Vera gel mixed with few drops of virgin coconut oil can take care of wrinkles and fine lines on face.
Aloe Vera Home Remedies #9 – Pimples: Aloe Vera has an excellent effect on pimples. Use fresh Aloe gel and rub on your face or affected pimple area 2 times a day for couple of days. You can feel the result in 2 to 3 days.
Aloe Vera Home Remedies #10 – Constipation: Take 1 or 2 tsp of fresh aloe juice and practice this for couple of days to relieve from constipation.
How much Aloe Vera should I take: Though Aloe Vera is a natural herbal plant and consuming in limits many result in any side effects. However, don’t drink too much of Aloe Vera juice as it may lead to some problems depending on your current body condition and also avoid consuming for longer periods. If you are a pregnant women or having any kidney/liver issues or if you are suffering from diabetes or with any other health condition, don’t take any Aloe Vera based products without consulting your physician / doctor.
How to Drink Aloe Vera Juice: Consuming raw aloe juice is little bit hard to imagine as it has bitter taste. Mixing with other fruit or vegetable juice is preferable. However, many herbal stores like Patanjali and Himalaya other organic stores carry processed aloe Vera juice.
Precautions / Side Effects of Using Aloe Vera or Its Related Products:-
- Do not make Aloe juice on your own from fresh leaves rather buy from good certified stores where the Aloe Vera juice is available in processed form.
- Though it is safe to consume in regular doses, pregnant women and lactating mother should avoid taking Aloe Vera Juice or any related supplements / vitamins
- Frequent and long term consumption of Aloe juice can create a problem as Aloe Vera contains a compound called “Aloin” which may lead to an electrolyte imbalance such as potassium.
- Women should avoid consuming this juice menstruation
- Avoid Aloe juice , if you have any health issues such as liver related, kidney related, gallbladder related, and diabetic related.
- Whatever the case, consult your doctor before consuming or using any Aloe Vera related products.