Benefits of Using Aloe Vera

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      Aloe Vera is a bright green succulent plant that is well-known for its gel that soothes the worst of sunburns. Many do not know that there are many more health and beauty benefits to using an aloe vera plant. Aloe vera 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.”  What’s great about them is you do not have to grow them on your own – you can buy leaves of them at your local grocery store! All you have to do is split the leaf open and let that gooey goodness do its magic after application. Here are some interesting hacks for using aloe vera.


Using Aloe Vera for Your Face //

The amazing properties in aloe vera gel make it something that people with all different skin types can use and benefit from. It has been known to help those also struggling with rashes, acne, psoriasis, or other troubling skin conditions. Different blends for different face types can be made with some common ingredients found in your kitchen. For example, a popular aloe vera face mask that only requires honey and the aloe vera gel is perfect for oily skin. All you have to do is mix the two ingredients, apply it to your face, then wash it off after 20 minutes and feel the difference! Your face will feel smooth and tight. You can also just apply the raw gel straight from the plant and onto your face.


Using Aloe Vera for Healthy Hair //

The fatty acids in aloe vera gel makes it a perfect match for treating unhealthy hair. Not only does it help with the dry ends, but it can also help with dry scalps. This is due to the “alkalizing property that restores your pH levels of the scalp which in turn prevents any microbial growth and its attack on the scalp.” Just like the skin masks, there are plenty of DIY hair masks that can be made to tailor your personal issues. However, a popular mask for hair using aloe vera is only made with the gel, yogurt, olive oil, and honey. After massaging it into your hair and scalp, you wash it off and are left with shiny and smooth hair. It also boosts hair healthy hair growth as well. These masks can be done three or four times a month to maintain this healthy look.


Ingesting Aloe Vera //

Just as the masks were, making aloe vera juice is extremely simple and the ingredients are most likely already in your kitchen. All you will need to do is blend together the gel from the plant and one cup of any citrus-based juice. There are endless benefits to drinking aloe vera. For women, the biggest one is the ability to help menstrual pains and regulating your flow. This goes almost hand in hand with the ability to help with nausea and other stomach pains, such as acid reflux. Aloe vera juice can put your digestive tract in check and help you feel less queasy. Another great benefit to ingesting aloe vera juice is the impact on your blood sugar levels. It can help reduce them exponentially, thus helping the treatment of diabetes in many people.