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Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a green, succulent, spiky plant that can grow up to 39 inches off the ground. It belongs to the lily family, thus is classified under the same group as onions and garlic. The Aloe Vera plant has a wide variety of uses; some are still being researched on by scientists. It was quite popular in the ancient world, and was dubbed ‘the plant of immortality’ by the Egyptians because of its many healing properties. Today, we continue to enjoy these benefits, and especially health wise as we keep discovering more of its uses. The juice from the Aloe plant can either be drunk or applied on the skin to give the desired effects.  Thus, the uses can either be external or internal.

Some of the health benefits of the Aloe Vera plant to us when used externally include:

  • The juice from the Aloe Vera plant can be used to sooth scrapes, cuts, burns and minor skin irritations. Since the skin cells replace themselves every 28 days, the Aloe Vera juice helps to repair the collagen in our bodies, giving us healthy skin. The juice also contains cooling properties that are similar to menthol that soothe sunburns and help to banish bruises from the skin. It is a proven fact also that the Aloe Vera Juice takes away the itch or sting after insect bites.
  • Aloe contains substances that help to reduce inflammation in the human body, thus when applied, it can help relieve the stiffness in painful joints and improve the flexibility in the joints.
  • The juice provides quick relief when applied to blisters and it is also used to fight athletes’ foot disease. It also reduces the damages on the skin after one experiences frost bites.
  • In addition, it increases the supply of oxygen to the skin, thus, through capillary dilation; it helps to induce improved blood flow in the body.
  • Aloe Vera juice helps to shrink warts on the skin and can be used for allergic skin conditions as an antidote.
  • The Aloe Vera juice is popularly known to contain healing properties; therefore it is commonly used in manufacturing body products like lotions and body oils. Its high water content (99%) helps to moisturize, rejuvenate and increase the flexibility of the skin.
  • Aloe Vera helps to eliminate eczema and helps to reverse wrinkles on the skin. It also has the ability to brighten the general outlook of the skin.
  • When applied to the scalp, Aloe Vera helps to reduce dandruff and speed up the growth of hair.

Some of the health benefits of the Aloe Vera plant to us when drunk or used internally include:

  • Aloe Vera juice contains antioxidants that help the body in boosting the immunity levels.
  • The Aloe juice is mainly gelatinous and it moves through the digestive system eliminating toxins through the colon. This enables the body to dispose waste from the system, thus helping it to effectively detoxify.
  • Through research, doctors have discovered that Aloe Vera helps to improve the transportation of oxygen in the body. The nutrients contained in Aloe Vera help in improving blood circulation and regulating blood pressure; thus it can be said to improve cardiovascular health.
  • When the Aloe juice is drunk, it can help diabetics by lowering their blood sugar levels. It also helps to relieve rheumatic pain, heartburn and gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Aloe Vera juice also helps us by improving and promoting digestion in our bodies. It contains properties that improve bowel movement and increase the absorption of proteins.
  • One can also boil the Aloe Vera leaves and breathe in the vapor to alleviate effects of asthma.

These are some of the many health benefits you can enjoy from the Aloe Vera plant.

 

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