Aloe Vera: a plant or a miracle?
The miracle is often considered to be an eyes deception and generally gets ignored by all. But the miracle shown by this cactus-like plant will stun you like the way it did to the scientists of Japan. The scientists over there had noticed that people who were exposed to nuclear radiation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki blast after consuming Aloe Vera juice and applied Aleo Vera gel to their skin, had a lower rate of skin cancer. Thus, Aleo Vera became an integral part of the treatment in Japan as the patients treated with this plant recovered much faster than others. Furthermore, a study from Japan, which was published in the famous journal Yakugaku Zasshi states that antioxidant nature of the plant is extremely powerful and helped the nation healing the visible scars of the blast.
Well, Aleo Vera has not gained its popularity in these recent years. Instead, the plant has been in the limelight for more than 5000 years across the world. This plant has been loved by all for ages and today a million dollar industry (pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industry) survives on this miraculous plant. The Aloe Vera is popular worldwide for its unbelievable healing power that also distinguishes this plant from the rest. Considering the composition, Aloe Vera is one of the most amazing cacti as it holds roughly 95% of water in it. The remaining 5% is the powerful synergy of 150 different elements.
This 150 different elements consists of 12 Vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B12, C, E and so on), Minerals, Calcium, Sodium, Chloride, Magnesium, Copper, Chrome, Zinc, Selenium, Germanium, Phosphor, Potassium, Iron, Tannins and more than 18 Amino Acid. The vicious gel in the center of each leaf holds this composition. In terms of the looks, the Aloe Vera plant has thick, succulent leaves that are pale grayish-green in color with lighter spots and pointed edges. This plant has around 450 species and it is one of the richest plants in terms of composition. Also, this composition has unique medicinal benefits, as a result, the range of usage is very broad and keeps expanding.
Aloe Vera and Its uses
As discussed above, Aleo Vera is an enriched plant that can treat many health and skin related problems. So, let’s just ponder over for what all purposes and how Aleo Vera can be used:
Aloe Vera for Skin
After Ayurveda, all the doctors and scientists has also given a certificate of medicinal herb to this plant. It is simply the best friend of the human skin. As the gel of the plant holds a high degree of water and nutritions, application of it can rejuvenate the skin. Moreover, its healing power is highly beneficial and recommended to treat wounds, sunburn, minor cuts, dry skin, tanning , marks and so on. The gel can be combined with different substances to treat the problems. Therefore, we present a list of issues and their best-rated solutions.
- Aloe Vera for Dry Skin: Take some Aleo Vera gel, a pinch of turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of milk and a few drops of rose water. Mix them well and apply the paste on your face and neck. Leave the pack for almost 20 minutes, then rinse it with water.
- Aloe Vera and Wounds/ Minor cuts: Take some aloe vera gel and regularly apply on the wound or cuts. This will slowly start healing and will not allow any mark or scar to appear.
- Aloe Vera and Acne: Take a jar and pour some fresh Aloe Vera gel in it with some walnuts and honey. Blend the mixture to form a fine paste. Apply the paste on a clean and dry skin. The anti-oxidant nature of the plant will reduce the pimples leaving the skin glowing and smooth.
- Aloe Vera and the Sensitive Skin: Take grated cucumber or cucumber juice, yogurt, rose oil and some aloe vera gel. Mix the ingredients well and apply the paste. Rinse the pack after 20 minutes of application. Now enjoy a silky smooth and glowing skin.
Well, these are some of the remedies to get instant results. However, applying a well processed Aloe Vera gel daily like a moisturizer can benefit the skin more. This will not only treat the skin problems but also protect it against any further damage. Also, the gel can put the aging signs on hold if used regularly on a clean skin.
Aloe Vera for weight loss
Carrying unnecessary weight was never in fashion and it will never be. Therefore, having a perfect body mass with a great body shape is what we all fall for. For this reason, the health industry is also getting obsessed with Aloe Vera. With ample amount of vitamins and minerals with amino acids, enzymes, and sterols, aleo vera keep the weight in control by improving the body’s absorption and utilization power. So to serve the purpose health industry provides Aloe Vera juice that can/should always be consumed as per the directions by the physician or according to the usage details given on the product.
Aloe Vera for Hair
As Aloe Vera is loaded with proteolytic enzymes, application of the gel repairs the dead skin cells on the scalp. The gel works as a great conditioner and improves the texture of your hair. Besides, the gel promotes hair growth, fight dandruff, prevents itching and strengthen the roots. The Aloe Vera gel can either be applied solely or can be clubbed with other materials to receive the benefits. For making a perfect aloe vera hair pack, either of the two mentioned remedies can be used.
- Take some Aleo Vera gel, yoghurt and honey. Mix them well and apply the mixture on your hair (from the roots to the tips). Leave the pack for an hour and then wash it with a mild shampoo.
- Mix the Aloe Vera gel in some oil and apply. Leave it for an hour or so. Then wash it with a mild shampoo.
Whichever packs you may choose, remember to wash your hair with a mild shampoo. After washing the hair, allow them to dry a little, then apply Aloe Vera like a conditioner. This will keep your hair shiny, smooth and removes frizziness.
Be cautious while consuming Aloe Vera
Well, there is no doubt that Aloe Vera is the safest plant for consumption on the planet. But the overdose of anything is hazardous, so is of Aloe Vera. Hence, keeping an eye on the usage of the plant is very important. The only part of this plant that can be toxic is the yellowish part of the leaf (called the ‘sap’). Aloin, a yellow latex, which is found on the outer layer of the plant is dangerous. However, the cases of poisoning are very rare as the Aloe Vera that is available in the market is devoid of this substance. If you plan to extract the juice or gel at home, cut off the yellowish part of the plant to avoid the risk of poisoning. Furthermore, the high or overdose of Aloe Vera juice or powder can provoke diarrhea, so contact a physician to know your right dose.