Aloe vera has been recognized worldwide for its wide uses in consumer products and medical uses. You may find aloe vera in different products such as beverages, cosmetics such as shaving cream, soaps, and moisturizers, skin lotion, and ointment for minor burns and sunburns.
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Besides from wide uses of aloe vera in consumer products, it has also wide uses in health. Below are the health benefits of aloe vera. Read on!
Antibacterial and antioxidant properties – to boost our immune system, our body need antioxidants to protect ourselves against possible diseases. Colds, fever and cough can also be treated as aloe vera has antibacterial properties against such illnesses.
Reduces dental plaque – the juice of aloe vera are actually effective against plaque build-ups in teeth. Plaque build-ups can lead to other dental problems. Make a mount rinse out of this plant to effectively get rid of the plaque build-ups.
Treats constipation – everyone can experience constipation and the common causes of constipation is medication, diet and health issues. Aloe vera proves to be a powerful in treating constipation. The yellow latex found in aloe vera leaf is useful for constipation.
Reduces blood sugar levels – A 2009 clinical study concluded that aloe vera is effective in reducing blood glucose in diabetic patients and in lowering blood lipid levels in hyperlipidaemia.
Prevents wrinkles and boost skin elasticity – there are several studies showing the efficacy of aloe vera in slowing down aging process. Research has shown that application of gel increases the collagen production of the human body. Thus it helps to prevent wrinkles and boost skin elasticity.
Treats canker sores also known as mouth ulcer – this occurs under the lip or inside the mouth. It last more than a week but application of aloe vera gel could speed up the healing process into the affected area.
Heals burns – a 2007 review concluded aloe vera to be effective in healing first- to second-degree burns. Applying aloe vera gel in the affected area helps in speeding up the healing process of burns.
Genital herpes and psoriasis – Topical application of aloe vera is also effective for these kind of skin diseases.
Aloe vera gel is also effective in treating dandruff, cold sores, and dry skin.
How to Make Aloe Vera Gel
1. It is important to clean your hands and use clean tool to be used to make sure the gel won’t get contaminated.
2. Slice off a mature outer leaf of an aloe plant as it contains plenty fresh and healthy gel.
3. Drain the yellow resin out for 10 minutes as the resin contains latex.
4. Peel all the green portion of the leaves.
5. Scoop the gel out with a spoon or knife. The soft gel is easily scoopable. Scoop until nothing is left.
6. Place the gel in a sterilized clean glass jar. You may keep it in the refrigerator to preserve for several months.