Top Benefits and Uses of Aloe Vera
Posted On Apr 20, 2016
For centuries, aloe vera has been called the ‘miracle plant’ due to all the benefits it provides. The plant, native of northern Africa, was used by ancient colonies of Egyptians and Greeks. To them it was known as the “plant of immortality.” It is believe that none other than the Egypt muse, Cleopatra, used the plant to preserve her beauty.
By now you might be asking yourself, what are all of these benefits that aloe vera has? Prepare to make changes in all of your health and beauty routines!
- Treats Minor Burns and Wounds
This one might be the most popular benefit and use of aloe vera. I remember being young and getting bad sunburns. My mom would always cut a leaf of the plant and extract the gel from inside and applied it to the sunburned skin.
Well now, it is even more practical because in every drug store you can find aloe vera gels. All of that nonsense of planting your own aloe vera and preserving it is gone.
The gel extract acts as a healer when it comes to burns and small wounds. So, the next time you cut or burn yourself making dinner you better have that aloe vera gel near you because it alleviates the burn and pain really fast. Not to mention it helps prevent scarring!
- Alleviates Minor Rashes and Skin Irritation
Have you ever wondered why in the world the friction of jeans or certain clothing materials creates rashes in between your legs? Not to mention how painful and annoying they are! Add to this the razor bumps we get right after shaving for that beach day you were looking forward so badly!
Well, here is where this ‘magical plant’ comes into play. Remember the gel from the previous point? It also helps alleviate the rashes and irritation caused by razors or your wet clothes! Enjoy a summer full of sunny beach days without worrying about those annoying red bumps!
- Treats Acne and Blisters
Say hello to your best friend for fighting that very annoying acne on your face and blister on your foot caused by your favorite heels.
The remedy for acne is as follows: Mix in 1 tablespoon of pure aloe vera gel and honey in a bowl. Apply to the pimple and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and apply moisturizer to your face afterwards (to prevent dry skin).
For blisters, simple apply the pure aloe vera gel to the blister and let it do its magic. You won’t have to ditch your favorite heels anymore!
- Acts as an Eye-Makeup Remover and Prevents Aging
For those who want to preserve natural beauty and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, aloe vera is the treatment of choice. Plus, if you are looking for an eye-makeup remover alternative other than those oil based ones, you can use the gel inside the plant’s leaves. It is also a great alternative if you are allergic to certain makeup removers.
Aging Treatment: Mix in lemon juice and aloe vera gel from two leaves. Apply to face and neck for 10 to 15 min. Rinse well! (Remember that lemon juice might darken your skin if you come in contact with the sun while the mix is still on your face). Do this at least once a week. Remember to apply moisturizer after the process to prevent the skin from drying.
Eye-Makeup Remover: refrigerate pure aloe vera gel (you can mix in a little of oil with the gel for better results). Use cotton balls with a little of the gel and remove the makeup gently. This is a great makeup remover that contains minerals and vitamins that benefits the sensitive skin around the eyes.
There you have it! Multiple health and beauty benefits you can get from just one plant! I think it’s time to open a space for aloe vera in your garden.
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