Aloe Vera a true gift from Nature that has been used since ancient times for it natural healing powers. It is also known as the Lily of the Desert. Aloe’s prickly leaves are filled with a jelly like juice or an inner clear gel that has 99% water and the rest is made of amino acids, glucomannans, lipids, sterols, and vitamins. The prickly leafed plant has so much to offer from its many medicinal qualities and healing powers. It can help us live and look healthier, happier, younger from the top of our heads to the tip of our toes.
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According to the www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/ aloe vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: enzymes, vitamins, sugars, minerals, saponins, lignin, amino acids, and salicylic acids. Aloe vera has many health benefits including helping heart disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, digestive and gastrointestinal conditions problems, supports the immune system, but is best known for it amazing skin care benefits and healing of wounds. Although Aloe vera gel is primarily used topically as a remedy for skin conditions such as burns, frostbite, psoriasis, and cold sores, it may also be taken orally (by mouth) for conditions including bowel diseases, fever, and osteoarthritis.
.Aloe vera has at least 75 different nutrients that include:
Vitamins: It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants that neutralizes free radicals. It also has vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline.
Minerals: It provides calcium, copper, chromium, magnesium, selenium, potassium, manganese, sodium and zinc.
Enzymes: It contains 8 enzymes. Some of these help to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically.
Sugars: It provides monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) that helps bind moisture into the skin. Aloe stimulates fibroblast which produces the collagen and elastin fibers making the skin more elastic and less wrinkled.
Fatty Acids: – It provides 4 plant steroids that have anti-inflammatory action. Lupeol (a fatty acid) also has antiseptic and analgesic properties.
Amino Acids: Aloe vera contains at least 18 amino acids including 8 essential amino acids that help soften hardened skin cells; moisturize, reduce the aging process, softens the skin, decreases fine wrinkles, and has an anti-acne effect.
Hormones: That help in wound healing and have anti-inflammatory action.
Antiseptic agents: These help stop fungi, bacteria and viruses.
Salicylic acid: And so many other beneficial nutrients.
I feel that it is one of the best natural remedies for skin problems or just to keep your skin healthy and enhance the natural glow of your skin. If you have an Aloe Vera plant in your house you can enjoy soothing benefits by just tearing a small piece of the long leaves and rubbing the raw gel right on your skin. Some people prefer to drink the juice of the plant that will work from the inside out to help give you beautiful skin, hair, and help your whole body.
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Let’s take a look at some skin care and beauty benefits of Aloe Vera:
- Heals wounds, burns, and abrasions – just put a little of the gel straight from the plant. Cools down the heat from burns and heals so you don’t get blisters. It is recommended for first and second-degree burns.
- Is a wonderful anti-aging and moisturizer
- Takes the sting out and stops the itching from bee stings or insect bites
- Works wonders for psoriasis – reduce inflammation, healing and soothing the irritation and burning. Works great on other rashes such as allergic reactions too.
- Can help control acne naturally and actually can and will help vanish very old acne scars.
- Protects skin damage after radiation therapy.
- Can help reduce the visibility of stretch marks from losing or gaining weight quickly such as when you’re pregnant
- Help heal sun burnt skin and reduce the pain of sunburn with its soothing healing powers. It cools down the heat from sunburn skin, reduces pain, and helps heal the skin faster and without leaving scaring.
- Heals cracked feet – try using as a foot scrub you will be pleasantly surprised at how comforting it can be to your tired achy feet and how smooth and soft your feet will be.
- Helps stimulate healthy hair growth from enzymes and if used regularly as a shampoo and/or conditioner can help stop premature hair loss.
- Aloe vera is also a healthy and safe hair gel. No worrying about the chemicals or preservation that you are being exposed to.
A great little trick I found that is a quick way to soothe, calm itching, and cool down numerous skin problems is — put aloe vera in an ice-cube tray and let it freeze. You can use these cooling aloe vera ice cubes on poison ivy, incest bites, sunburn, and it even helps the itching and painful burning of psoriasis. When you need fast relief, these little frozen cubes can feel almost like a miracle cure with it soothing power. Ahh! What relief this amazing plant straight from Nature can provide for us.
So why not take advantage of this gift from Nature and include it in your daily skin care and hair care routine for a healthier more beautiful self. You can make you own DIY solutions or if you would rather buy shampoo, conditioner and skin care products made with Aloe Vera it is your choice. Try to buy organic or as natural as you can and make sure you at least check the labels very carefully, so you are not polluting your body with toxic chemicals such as preservative, additives, fragrance, and unnecessary ingredients.
Nature has many gifts to offer us if we only take the time to find them. Using natural solutions to daily problems or just daily maintenance can save us money, save our bodies from being burdened with toxic chemicals and help us be healthy in every way. Help keep your body, mind and spirit be in sync with Nature.