10 Incredible Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera 10 Incredible Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera
All the plants of Mother Nature have one or two medicinal uses, but it depends on the usage. Some herbs should be used only... 10 Incredible Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera

All the plants of Mother Nature have one or two medicinal uses, but it depends on the usage. Some herbs should be used only for internal purposes while others are meant only for external application. However, there are some that have been forgotten and used for other purposes than they are supposed to, but in recent times, medical science has woken up to the fact that every plant has medicinal uses. Aloe Vera is one such plant that has been used as an indoor plant since ancient times as a fence to deter the animals from making a move in the garden or fields. However, there are many health benefits of Aloe Vera, and there are good reasons people grow them indoors. Before we praise about the nutritional value of this evergreen plant, here is a quick, interesting introduction.

 

Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera can reach up to a total height of 40 inches. The plant may grow without a stem, and the green leaves bear the resemblance of swords emanating from a point. However, these branches have the medicinal gel that offers some amazing health benefits. It emits yellowish-orange flowers.

10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera

There are numerous health benefits of Aloe Vera plant. The gel found in the leaves can be used for curing and soothing some simple wounds, cuts, burns, bruises, acne, rashes, and pimples. It can also be used in the treatment of skin infections, blisters, irritation, etc. The gel of Aloe Vera hydrates, tones, moisturizes and rejuvenates the skin both internally and externally. In fact, it can reverse the signs of aging. So, no wonder why most beauty brands use this as their key ingredient.

Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera

Rather than spending a big amount of money on Aloe Vera based products, you could grow this plant in your home. You can save time, money, and the most important benefit is that you get the direct connection with the plant right at your fingertips. Moreover, products sold at stores have some additives in them. So, it is not 100% pure. The best way is to grow the plant to receive maximum benefits. God forbid! But, in the case of unfortunate negative circumstances like little bruises, cuts, and wounds, you can make use of the plant anytime. So, soon we will tell you how to grow this plant indoors. But before that, let us know its benefits.

1. Aloe Vera Has Nutrients That Very Few Plants Possess

Aloe Vera has more than 200 active compounds, even including minerals, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, fatty acids, and polysaccharides. So, no wonder why it is one of the most favorite ingredients of top cosmetic brands. Also, this is the major reason why it helps in healing different ailments. The major vitamins found in Aloe Vera are vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, choline, folic acid, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3 (also known as niacin), and vitamin B6. Very few plants possess vitamin B12, and you will be interested in reading that Aloe Vera is one of them.

2. Minerals In Aloe Vera Plant Can Do Wonders

The minerals present in Aloe Vera are zinc, calcium, selenium, chromium, magnesium, copper, potassium, andmanganese. These minerals are essential for the perfect functioning of various processes in the human body. To name a few, it boosts your metabolism, maintains strong teeth and bones, and enhances your insulin to provide the cells with good energy.

3. The Enzymes Of Aloe Vera Can Ward Off Infections

The enzymes present are aliiase, amylase, alkaline phosphatase, lipase, peroxidase, cellulose, catalase, and carboxypeptidase. These enzymes assist in improving your body’s circulatory system. It dilates the blood vessels and stimulates them to fight against various body infections. So, there are good reasons people call this as a “wonder” plant.

4. Healing Power Of Natural Sugars In Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera also contains monosaccharides (like fructose and glucose) and the polysaccharides (polymannose and glucomannans). These can be taken from the mucilage layer of the Aloe Vera –known as mucopolysaccharides. The two compounds found in Aloe Vera are alprogen and C-glucosyl chromone (an anti-inflammatory compound). According to research, the monosaccharides of this plant help the body to repair naturally by building a strong immune system whereas the polysaccharides can cure an irritated stomach, heartburn, ulcers, digestive disorders, diarrhea, and lots more.

Glucomannan (a water-soluble polysaccharide), as well as gibberellins (a growth hormone),  triggers the stimulation and enhances the production of collagen synthesis after the oral and topical application of the gel. Due to these factors, the areas near the wound are contracted and the healing time is less when you apply Aloe Vera gel.

5. Essential Fatty Acids Of Aloe Vera

The plant possesses all the eight essential amino acids vital for the human body to function properly. It provides four plant steroids, good cholesterol, β-sisosterol, lupeol, and campesterol. All these are scientifically proven to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties whereas lupeol possesses analgesic and antiseptic properties. The other fatty acids include oleic, stearic, palmitic, caprylic, myristic, linolenic, and linoleic acids.

6. Aloe Vera Has Hormones Too

The Aloe Vera gel has two vital hormones namely auxins and gibberellins. They possess anti-inflammatory properties and assist in the faster healing of wounds. Gibberellin (more like growth hormone) stimulates the development of fresh cells. It helps in treating a skin infection naturally and quickly with less scarring.

7. Aloe Is An Adaptogen

Aloe Vera possesses a property of adaptogen, which is known to enhance the immunity powers of the human body, thus making it adapt to illness. It stimulates the production of white blood cells and fights against viruses.

8. Aloe Vera Aids In Digestion

To have a healthy body, you need a good digestive system. Aloe Vera, when consumed as juice, can soothe the digestive tract and assist in ailments such as constipation and diarrhea. It can also act as a vermifuge in which the intestinal worms are eliminated. The components are anthraquinones that act as a laxative. They can increase the content of intestinal water; mucous secretion is stimulated, etc.

9. Aloe Possesses Antifungal and Antiviral Properties

The active components are salicylic acid, lupeol, urea nitrogen, cinnamonic acid, sulfur, and phenol. They act as antifungal and antiviral agents.

10. Aloe Treats Inflammation

B-sisterole is the compound that can assist in inhibiting the inflammation. This property is beneficial for persons with arthritis pain and enhances flexibility in joints. There is also another component known as C-glucosyl chromone.

Medicinal Uses Of Aloe Vera

  • Drinking the juice of Aloe Vera helps boost metabolism, increases immunity, and keeps you healthy. However, check with your doctor before making a line.
  • For healthy, lustrous hair, mix fresh Aloe Vera gel with lemon. Apply and keep it for 45 minutes before shampooing. The gel possesses the pH of 4.3. Hence, it protects from hair fall, dry scalp, and dandruff.
  • Aloe Vera is extremely healthy for the skin as well. The gel naturally protects from suntan. It is due to its medicinal component called aloin.
  • Although more research is needed on this subject, it is known as of now that once you apply the gel of Aloe Vera, metallothionein (antioxidant protein) is triggered into the skin. This component destroys the hydroxyl radicals and gives the skin a fair color.
  • The mucopolysaccharides assist in binding the moisture to the skin. The fibroblast is stimulated, the collagen and elastin fibers make the skin more elastic, and the skin is faced with fewer wrinkles. It also promotes antiacne activities.
  • The gel is good for burns as well. Let the burn be washed with cold water and leave for five minutes. Then, apply the gel of Aloe Vera on the affected area. You can also put a bandage if you want.

How To Grow Aloe Vera?

The condition you need to have for growing the Aloe Vera plant in your garden is a hot, dry environment. It needs abundant sunlight. They have originated from Africa but have the ability to grow in different climates. Their perfect environment is poor soil but with proper drainage. The soil has to loose or gritty. If you are growing the plant in a container, make sure that it is wide instead of deep. It needs sunlight in entirety for six hours every day, but maximum growth has been recorded when you give them proper eight hours of bright sunlight.

During the night, it is better to cover the plant with a plastic container. If the cold is more, mulch or straw has to be spread around the base of the roots for proper protection. The plant can store water in its leaves and roots. In winter, the plant grows only to a minimal level, so kindly take note. Therefore, the watering has to be little. The soil has to become entirely dry. So, check the amount of water to be given. Fertilizer can be added as per the gardener’s instructions.

How To Extract Aloe Vera Gel From Its Leaves?

To extract its gel, you have to cut the Aloe Vera leaf from the base of the plant. The plant will heal quickly, and you get the required gel. You can even refrigerate the gel for later use.

Henry Okafor

  • Ixia Torres

    2017-06-15 #1 Author

    Aloe has so many benefits including health skin beauty I use the natural plant on a daily

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  • Luwaga Richard

    2017-06-15 #2 Author

    In my country Uganda it’s becoming a common healing plant used by many herbalists. Planting it at home might be an easy step in my country, but making products out of it is a challenge. It could be of helpful if people are taught also how to make products out of it

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  • Ciqeura larry

    2017-06-15 #3 Author

    I think I will love this I heard so much great stuff in this aloe Vera I think it will be best to grow it save a lot of money then to buy products with it in it won’t work the same . It helps with hair and face scars and wounds I think I would like to use it for my acne and scarring and plus it’s natural. I would recommend this.

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  • Ja’Raya Houston

    2017-06-15 #4 Author

    Great use of one thing .

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  • Jailene Cabrera

    2017-06-15 #5 Author

    Aloe vera is a very great health and skin benifit i always use it on my skin and truth be told it keeps my skin tight and smooth.

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  • Arianna Lakesha

    2017-06-15 #6 Author

    Great things can be done with Aloe Vera !

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  • Tyrek james

    2017-06-15 #7 Author

    Yes Very Healthy

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  • Kiyana

    2017-06-15 #8 Author

    I’m always looking for new things to try on my skin , aloe has always been my goto ! And just knowing it’s all natural makes me feel better !

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  • Elena Gregor- Castro

    2017-06-15 #9 Author

    Aloe Vera is amazing for the skin

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  • Kelly

    2017-06-15 #10 Author

    Interesting wow

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  • Kelly

    2017-06-15 #11 Author

    Wow how interesting ..

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  • Asia

    2017-06-15 #12 Author

    I’ve been using this in combination with olive oil and its doing great for my mommy marks!!!

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  • Candace Williams

    2017-06-15 #13 Author

    I did not know aloe Vera had so many benefits. Very informative article!

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  • Yennifer

    2017-06-16 #14 Author

    I’m from dominican republic and here people used a lot the Aloe, ’cause aloe have different nutrients for a lot of diseases 😉😍

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  • Raiyana

    2017-06-16 #15 Author

    I never knew Aloe had so many uses. Here I am walking past one my mother has in her living room not knowing it could clear my skin; or at least help it . Time to go cut her leaves .! 😂

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  • Nicole mache

    2017-06-16 #16 Author

    I’ve been using aloe Vera for years. You can use it for so many things. I always used it on burns from work. Great article. Definitely read some things I didn’t know it can be used for. Will be using it more now.

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  • chyan blake

    2017-06-16 #17 Author

    I LOVE ALOE VERA!!!

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  • Andre

    2017-06-16 #18 Author

    I love aloe Vera, I use it all the time keeps my skin clear.

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  • Amaria rodgers

    2017-06-17 #19 Author

    I have tried fresh aloe plant. It worked wonders on my stretch marks acne scars and pimples. Thank you for sharing this article now I have many more reason to continue use.

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  • Santyanna Webb

    2017-06-17 #20 Author

    I love Aloe Vera. I use it all the time and it truly works wonders!

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  • Daisha

    2017-06-17 #21 Author

    My mom is a big believer of aloe & now that I’ve read it I understand why . I honestly think I may become an aloe lover as well 🤗🤗

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  • Kristane Ingrid A. Waban

    2017-06-20 #22 Author

    Wow amazing! Now I will start planting aloe vera.

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