TOP 5 INTERESTING USES OF ALOE VERA FOR HEALTH: ITS BENEFITS AND SIDE EFFECTS

Aloe vera, the wonder plant is all known for its amazing effects on health. The uses of aloe vera for health are all known because of its anti-inflammatory, immune-modulatory, and healing capacities. This is why it is also called the healing plant (silent healer).

This cactus-like plant belongs to the “Liliaceae family” and grows in hot and dry regions.

The aloe vera gel contains potential health benefits and consists of 75 active components including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, sugars, hormones, fatty acids, and amino acids. Some of the components act as antioxidants and provide potential benefits to the health.

This article is all about the effective uses of aloe vera for the health of different parts of your body.

BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA:

Aloe vera has different properties which aid in promoting the overall health of the human being.

The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera are determined by the presence of fatty acids (beta-sitosterol and campesterol) which help to fight against multiple immune-mediated diseases.

The aloe vera can be used as a gel and juice. We can obtain its gel directly from the plant and it is also available commercially. The aloe vera gel can be used with other ingredients such as face masks, hair masks, detox, etc.

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USES OF ALOE VERA FOR HEALTH:

Antioxidant properties of aloe vera are determined by the presence of Vitamin A, C, and E in aloe vera gel. It helps to fight against different pathogens in different parts of the body.

The anti-microbial properties of aloe vera are determined by the presence of anthraquinones and acemannan which inhibit bacterial protein synthesis and phagocytosis respectively.

The most common and simple uses of aloe vera for health are as follows.

ALOE VERA USES
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USES OF ALOE VERA FOR ORAL HEALTH:

The anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera helps in maintaining oral hygiene. It treats dental and oral problems such as periodontitis, gingivitis, cold sores, canker sores, and oral wounds and can also help prevent dental caries.

Daily consumption of aloe vera gel extract will help in fighting against oral pathogenic bacteria (Lactobacillus spp. and Streptococcus mutans) in saliva.

Brushing the teeth from aloe vera gel and powder will have a soothing effect on gums and helps in teeth whitening.

Drinking and gargle with aloe vera juice help to prevent and treat infection and bruises.

Aloe vera toothpaste is also available for maintaining oral health. 

Aloe vera mouth wash is also proved to be effective against gums and teeth problems.

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 USES OF ALOE VERA FOR HAIR HEALTH:

The vitamins A, C, and E in aloe vera gel promote the healthy growth of the hair and shininess. However vitamin B12 and folic acid in aloe vera gel prevent hair fall.

 The aloe vera gel not only cleans sebum (oil) from your scalp but also wipes out other residues from your hair strands of other hair products.

Seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), itching, and scaly scalp can also be treated with aloe vera gel.

Aloe vera shampoos and conditioners are available at the market but you can make an aloe vera hair mask at home. Some of the DIY aloe vera hair masks are mentioned below for healthy hair.

  • For deep conditioning: Aloe vera gel (2 tbsp) + coconut oil (1 tbsp) for 30 minutes to 1 hour twice a week.
  • For dandruff: Aloe vera gel (4 tbsp) + apple cider vinegar (2 tbsp) ± honey (1 tbsp) for 20 minutes once a week.
  • For shininess: Aloe vera gel (2 tbsp) + yogurt (2 tbsp) ± honey (2 tbsp) for 20 minutes once a week.
  • For dry hair: Aloe vera gel (3 tbsp) + 1 egg for 30 minutes.
  • For oily hair: Aloe vera gel (3 tbsp) + lemon juice (4-5 drops) for 20 minutes.
  • For hair thickness: Aloe vera gel (1 tbsp) + castor oil (1 tbsp) for 20 minutes.
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USES OF ALOE VERA FOR SKIN HEALTH:

Aloe vera gel effectively treats minor skin problems such as burns, sunburns, cuts, abrasions, dryness, frostbite, eczema, psoriasis, and inflammatory acne.

The anti-inflammatory property of aloe vera reduces the pain and soreness of the wound.

It helps in increasing collagen synthesis, thereby enhancing wound healing.

The 98% water of the aloe vera gel helps keep skin soft and moisturize.

However, the aloe vera gel cannot be used on infectious skin diseases as the microbial properties of the gel might disrupt the healing process and worsen the infection.

For these skin conditions, aloe vera gel is much more effective than aloe vera extracts because of the moisturizing elements of the gel which protects and heal the skin.

ALOE VERA FOR FACE:

There are a lot of recipes for DYI face mask however many skin and face products of aloe vera gel for different purposes are available commercially.

Some of the DIY aloe vera face masks are mentioned below for your facial benefits.

  • For soothing effect: Aloe vera (2 tbsp) + honey (1 tbsp) for 20 minutes.
  • For exfoliation: Aloe vera (1 tbsp) + sugar/apple cider vinegar (2 tbsp) for 10-15 minutes.
  • For brightness and sun tan: Aloe vera (2 tbsp) + lemon juice/turmeric powder (1 tbsp) for 20 minutes.
  • Moisturization: Aloe vera (2 tbsp) + coconut oil (1 tbsp).
  • Uneven skin tone: Aloe vera (2 tbsp) + yogurt (1 tbsp).
  • For oily skin:  Aloe vera (2 tbsp) + cucumber for 15 minutes once a week.
  • For dry skin: Aloe vera (2 tbsp) + honey (1 tbsp) + banana (half) for 15-20 minutes once a week.

Note: Don’t use aloe vera face masks for more than 30 minutes, otherwise, it may get clog your skin pores.

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ALOE VERA TO REDUCE BODY WEIGHT:

Aloe vera is also used to reduce body weight.

 According to the study, the aloe vera gel complex (QDM complex) has shown the ability to decrease body fat mass and body weight in obese diabetic patients.

Drinking aloe vera juice 15-20 minutes before the meal would help to boost your metabolism and increase calorie consumption.

However, before consuming aloe vera orally, you should have to consult your doctor as excessive or improper intake will lead to adverse effects.

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SIDE EFFECTS OF ALOE VERA JUICE:

Excessive and infrequent use of aloe vera can cause harmful effects, especially when taking orally. Therefore it is very important to consult a physician and nutritionist to avoid unwanted effects of overdose or allergies. Some of the harmful effects of aloe vera are as following:

  • The most side effect of aloe vera juice is abdominal pain and cramps. It should be avoided by people who suffer frequent stomach problems.
  • Aloe vera act as a laxative which is helpful in case of constipation. However, its excessive use can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
  • Aloe vera juice when used in diabetes, can drop blood sugar levels below normal when uses inappropriately.
  •  Aloe vera may stimulate uterine contractions hence should be avoided during pregnancy.
  • Aloe vera juice should not be consumed by the elderly as it may lower potassium levels. This may cause irregular heart rate and weakness.
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 SUM UP:

The uses of aloe vera gel for health are not limited to these mentioned above. It is also used clinically to treat many diseases in the form of medicines. One should consult a physician before consuming aloe vera internally.

Also, do a patch test before using  DIY aloe vera masks. Applying a small amount of aloe vera to the skin and wait for 10-15 seconds and look for any adverse effects such as redness and itching.