January 30, 2019

What are the health benefits of Aloe Vera?

Aloe Vera is a must-have plant. People from all around the world are fighting over it for its endless health benefits. The pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetic industries are the ones that benefited the most from the sales of Aloe Vera based products. The Aloe Vera gel market generated a revenue of $251.3 million in 2018, and it’s projected to increase. Only in North America, in 2018, the market share for Aloe Vera was nearly 50%. The rising consciousness of good outer appearance is fueling this market.

The health benefits of Aloe Vera weren’t newly discovered. In ancient Egypt, they used to call it “the plant of immortality” because of its incredible medicinal virtues. Cleopatra used this elixir in her everyday beauty routine while Alexander the Great and Christopher Columbus used it in order to cure the wounds of soldiers.

Aloe Vera has two components that can be extracted and used for skin care or health improvement.

Aloe latex is a yellow-colored material found directly under the plant’s skin and is consumed by mouth mainly to treat constipation, but it can also be taken for cancer, asthma, and depression.

Aloe gel is a viscous liquid found in the leaf’s cells. It can be taken by mouth or applied on the skin. When taken by mouth, it can heal inflammations, diabetes, prevent cholesterol and boost weight loss. When applied on the skin, it can act as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-plaque and anti-aging.

Active components of Aloe Vera.

Home-made Aloe Gel

Material needed:

  • 1 knife
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 vegetable peeler
  • 1 blender
  • 1 jar
  • 2 containers

Instructions:

  1. Cut off a large outside leaf from your Aloe Vera plant and place it vertically in a container for about ten minutes in order to drain the yellow resin which contains latex that may be irritating.
  2. Remove the thorns with a sharp knife and peel the green skin of the leaf with a vegetable peeler. Peel only one side and remove the gel thanks to a spoon. If you have a big leaf then it will be easier to cut it in 2-inch chunks. You can also use your hands to remove the skin by pushing your thumb upwards against it.
  3. Put the gel in a blender. Add a little bit of water and blend until smooth. It is normal if the gel is foamy. Mixing the gel with a natural preservative like vitamin C or E can help preserve the mixture for a few months.
  4. Pour in a jar and place in the refrigerator.
  5. You can apply the gel to your skin. It is also possible to incorporate the gel into your facial mask or blend with vegetal oils like coconut oil. It all depends on your needs.

 Author: Mara Vukovic


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