Aloe Vera is considered by many as a miracle plant, it has a huge range of skin, health and hair benefits; Aloe Vera juice is a component of foods, energy drinks, as well as used for medicinal purposes. Used since ancient times and named as the plant of immortality by the incident Egyptians, Aloe Vera is the oldest medicinal plant ever known and the most applied medicinal plant worldwide. Extract of Aloe vera is a proven skin healer. Aloe Vera help to soothe skin injuries affected by burning, skin irritation, cuts and insect bites and its bactericidal properties relieve itching and skin swellings.
Uses and benefits of Aloe Vera juice for skin, hair and health.
- Helps digestion- Drinking Aloe vera juice naturally allows the body to cleanse the digestive system. It encourages the bowels to move and help with elimination, if a person is constipated and if you have diarrhea, it will help to slow it down.
- Reduces inflammation- It improves joint flexibility and helps in the regeneration of body cells. It strengthens joint muscles, which therefore reduces pain and inflammation in weakened or aged joints.
- Aloe vera gel is used as an ingredient in commercially available lotion, yoghurt, beverages and some desserts.
- Aloe vera has long association with herbal medicine, although it is not known when its medicinal applications were first discovered. Aloe Vera is non-toxic, with no known side effects, provided the aloin is removed by processing. Taking Aloe Vera that contains aloin in excess amounts has been associated with side effects. However the plant species is used widely in the traditional herbal medicine of China, Japan, Russia, and South Africa. Aloe vera is alleged to be effective in treatment of wounds.
- Topical application of aloe Vera may be effective for genital herpes and psoriasis.
- Sunburn treatment- Aloe Vera juice is a powerful healing agent and is used in many sunburn treatments. The natural nutrients and antioxidants in the plant work to soothe the pain help to regenerate the skin.
- Aloe vera for hair- It is used to prevent hair loss and act to strengthen the hair. It is used as hair conditioners it will give you thick, strong and healthy hair and is especially good for dry hair and dandruff. Here is one simple way of using Aloe vera for hair: extract pure aloe Vera jelly in a blender and apply this pure Aloe vera gel on the roots of your previously shampooed hair and spread to the length; let it sit on your hair for about 15 minutes. The special substance in Aloe Vera also encourages hair growth, if used regularly.
- Aloe Vera juice aids digestion- When taken internally, Aloe Vera aids the digestive system and works as a laxative. Drinking Aloe Vera juice regularly helps to detoxify the system and can also alleviate acidity and inflammation in the bowel.
- Aloe vera boosts the immune system- Consuming aloe vera juice can also give your immune system a boost. The antioxidants contained in the plant help fight free radicals, which are known to speed up the aging process and are the cause of a number of illnesses.
- Aloe Vera scar treatment- The gel of aloe vera plant can be used to help treat scars, as it promotes the healing process and softens the appearance of scar tissue.
- Nutritional supplement- Aloe vera plant is rich in vitamins and minerals, it actually contain over 75 different nutrients, so is often taken as a natural, healthy nutritional supplement. Aloe vera has been used for centuries in medicine and beauty products and now it’s widely used as ingredients in many products from healthy drink to shampoos.
- It is common practice for cosmetic companies to add sap or other derivatives from aloe vera to products such as make up, tissues, moisturizes, soaps, sunscreens, incense, razors and shampoos.
- Compounds extracted from aloe vera have been used as an immune stimulant that aids in fighting cancers in cats and dogs; however, this treatment has not been scientifically tested in humans.
- Topical application of aloe vera may be effective for genital herpes.
- Aloe vera extracts have antibacterial and antifungal activities, which may help in the treatment of minor skin infection such as benign skin cysts.
- Aloe vera lightens the dark spots on the face and reduces the intensity of pigmentation.
- It hastens the skin repair and hydrates the skin resulting in healthy and glowing skin.
- People with oily skin can prevent formation of pimples and acne by using aloe vera gel.
- Aloe vera is a medicinal plant and due to its extensive medicinal, nutritional and other uses, it enjoys a great demand in the market across the globe.
- Aloe vera is used in soaps, shampoos, creams and lotions for beauty purposes.
- In addition to topical use in wound or burn healing, internal intake of aloe vera has been linked with improved blood glucose levels in diabetes, and with lower blood lipids in hyper lipidaemic patients, but also with acute hepatitis.
- Aloe vera is useful in treating various kinds of deadly diseases which is incurable.
- In a double blind clinical trial both the groups using an aloe vera containing dentifrice and the group using a fluoridated dentifrice had a reduction of gingivitis and plaque but no statistically significant difference was found between two.
- Aloe vera extracts have been shown to inhibit the growth of fungi that cause tinea; however, evidence for control beneath human skin remains to be established.
- For its anti-fungal properties, aloe vera is used as a fish tank water conditioner.
The major markets for aloe vera and its extracts are Australia, US and the entire Europe. Aloe vera presents the finest commercial opportunity among the various medicinal plants. India is among the few countries gifted with the unique geographical features essential for cultivation of aloe vera and other plants.