Over thousands of years, Aloe vera as a medicinal plant has been utilized to treat different medical conditions. Going back to ancient Egypt, Aloe vera has a long history for therapeutic and health purposes. Though the plant was initially founded in North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands, today, aloe vera is seen in regions with tropical climates. From dealing with indigestion and heartburn to reducing the rate at which breast cancer spread. Aside from these functions, researchers are starting to look into other benefits aloe vera and its byproducts as to offer.
Aloe vera gels, ointments, and creams are made with the natural gel found in the aloe vera leaves. These products can provide many advantages to the skin, wealth loss, and General health being. Let’s take a look at the benefits of aloe vera
Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe vera serves different purposes, depending on your usage. Using aloe vera internally (Drink, capsule) and externally (skin and hair) has a different benefit. To further discuss these benefits, we have decided to group the benefits into two:
Aloe vera for external usage
Benefits of aloe vera on the skin and face
- When you apply aloe vera on your skin, it can help soothing sunburn by relieving pain and repairing the skin cells. It also plays a part in reducing skin irritation such as Eczema, Psoriasis and lichen planus by suppressing inflammation
- Aloe vera helps in treating cold sores. According to the CEO of Curology, David Lortscher, aloe vera is an antiseptic suitable for fighting bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Aside from this, it also helps speed up the healing process by creating antibodies needed by the immune system to fight the cold sore virus.
- You might also want to consider using aloe vera for your skin to prevent dark spots, slow down the aging process, remove dead skin, and fight acne.
Benefits of aloe vera plant on the hair
Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes that fix dead skin cells on the scalp. It additionally serves as an excellent conditioner leaving your hair all smooth and sparkling. It improves hair growths, conditions your hair, decreases dandruff and prevents itching on the scalp
Aloe vera for internal usage
- Taking aloe vera juice serves many functions in the body systems ranging from pH balance to hydration and liver function.
- Aloe vera as an Alkaline drink helps keeps your body Acidity pH level in check. A body system with high acidity is a breeding ground for diseases
- It also helps with constipation by balancing your healthy intestinal flora. Aside from these, it helps improve and ensure healthy liver function.
- Help with Hydration
- Its reliefs heartburn
- Provide your body with the needed nutrition such as vitamins B, C E, and folic acid. It also contains a minimal amount of calcium, copper, chromium, sodium, selenium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and zinc
- It aids digestion by breaking down heavy sugars and fats.
Does Aloe vera have any side effects?
Though aloe vera is safe for most minor skincare concerns, but pay attention to your skin sensitivity as you may have some allergy. if you are allergic to onions, garlic or tulips, you should avoid using aloe vera
pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers, and kids younger than 12, should not make use of aloe vera without a doctor’s approval
Using Aloe vera may cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea due to its laxative effects. The common side effects of using aloe vera include kidney issues, blood in the urine, low potassium, muscle weakness, diarrhea, nausea or stomach pain, and electrolyte imbalances
If you have any of these medical issues, stay away from aloe vera or contact your doctor before administering the usage of aloe vera. hemorrhoids
- kidney conditions
- renal disorder
- cardiac condition
- Crohn’s disease
- ulcerative colitis
- intestinal obstruction and
In conclusion, as much as using aloe vera has a lot of benefits attached to it. It also comes with side effects. It advisable you seek an expert opinion before using aloe vera. There is never a problem with being too careful.
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