If you’ve noticed a green-cactus like plant that grows wild in your garden, and simply ignored it, I suggest make your way back and take a closer look at it. This isn’t just another ordinary plant, but it’s the source of a possible million dollar industry that ranges from beauty creams to healthy juices and diet supplements. Over time, Aloe Vera has become an integrated part of everything we use. You might however ask what makes this plant filled with miracles so unique. Imagine if you could grow your very own pharmacy in your garden. That would help you tackle many health issues that hamper your daily life. As a matter of fact, if you’re suffering from skin problems, or are having trouble with your hair, you can find the answers to all your problems in your garden itself. Aloe Vera is your one stop shop for solving many of your problems with hair and skin. Let’s take a quick look at the top 20 amazing benefits of Aloe Vera and how you can use this plant to treat your skin as and hair.
1. Soothes dry skin
You probably can’t afford to go to a party in winter with dry, coarse skin. Turn to Aloe Vera to get rid of dry skin. Aloe Vera or Aloe Vera-based products are used by many in winter as well as in summer. Moreover, Aloe Vera suits people of all skin types. In order to soothe dry skin, take some Aloe Vera, a pinch of turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, and a teaspoon of milk. You can also choose to add a few drops of rose water to this mixture. You’ll now need to blend this mix until it forms a paste. Apply it and leave it for about 20 minutes or so, and voila, this simple ‘cream’ works as an easy solution to get rid of dry skin.
2. Treats tan
A hot day in the sun can be quite taxing, and more importantly, it can create an unwanted tan. Aloe Vera has the answer to tanning. All you need to do is simply collect half a cup of fresh Aloe Vera gel, a cup of sugar and two tablespoons of lemon juice. This mixture, when applied on your skin, deep cleans the skin and also fades out scars and tans.
3. Makes acne disappear
Acne is an embarrassing problem for men and women alike. Since they begin to appear in teenage, people want to get rid of acne as quickly as possible. Aloe Vera also has the potential to make acne disappear. You need to take some Aloe Vera gel, and blend it with walnuts until you obtain a flour like consistency, and add a tinge of honey as well. When Aloe Vera’s healing properties come together with the anti-oxidants from honey, you are certain to have smooth and clear skin, devoid of acne.
4. Wrinkle repair
With age comes deteriorating skin, which means wrinkles. Sometimes, wrinkles can begin to appear much earlier than you’d actually expect them to. Some drops of coconut oil mixed with the essential Aloe Vera gel is a wonderful remedy to get rid of those wrinkles. The Aloe Vera gel penetrates the skin at a much faster rate than water, and its super emollient properties moisturizes the skin so that your skin is untouched by those fine lines.
5. A glowing complexion
Want to sport a glowing complexion? Aloe Vera has a simple solution. Its gel removes dark patches and gives you brighter and glistening skin. You can use it in form of a face wash or even a scrub. It supplies oxygen to your cells and in turn softens your skin.
6. Stretch marks remover
Aloe Vera is also a wonderful home remedy when it comes to stretch marks. It pampers your skin and helps restore the softness and sheen your skin deserves.
7. Cures Pigmentation
Skin pigmentation can often pose as a serious problem; you tend to hesitate to attend public gatherings with pigmented skin. Your friend Aloe Vera will however come to assist you. Aloe Vera gel reduces dark spots, dry flaky skin and freckles, and brings a healthy glow to your face. Now you need not miss out on those parties any more.
8. Smooth, glowing lips
With Aloe Vera in your backyard, you need not go to the local store to buy lip balms anymore. Aloe Vera gel can be used to prepare a very simple lip balm at home. For this you will need to heat a teaspoon of petroleum jelly, and once it melts, add half a teaspoon of fresh Aloe Vera gel and two drops of Vitamin E oil. You can now switch off the stove and blend this mixture nicely. Then all you need to do is pour it in an old lip balm container, refrigerate it, and start applying it on your lips. This will cure dry and chapped lips more effectively than branded lip balms.
9. Heals skin diseases
Aloe Vera possesses anti-allergic properties, which can be used to treat different skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, itchy skin and so on. They also work well in curing blisters, insect bites and other allergic reactions on your skin. Aloe Vera face packs have always been helpful for those who possess sensitive skin.
10. Reduces inflammation
Aloe Vera also has anti-inflammatory properties which make it the ideal solution to soothe the inflammation caused due to abrasions, sunburns, razor burns, radiation burns, wounds and cuts.
11. Promotes hair growth
Aloe Vera not only helps your skin, but it also has several benefits for your hair. Application of Aloe Vera topically can work very well in stimulating hair growth. You can also choose to mix the Aloe Vera gel with castor oil. This essentially removes the dead cells from your scalp, which in turns stimulates hair growth.
12. Removes dandruff
Dandruff is a common problem for one and all. Dandruff is most often caused due to dead cells, an oily scalp, or an infection of some sort. The antimicrobial properties of Aloe Vera make sure that your scalp is free from infections and dead cells. In fact, most shampoos make use of Aloe Vera.
13. Maintain pH balance of the scalp
You should know that your scalp has a pH level of 5.5, which make it slightly acidic. Certain shampoos can often alter the pH level of your hair because they contain surfactants, and this can pose numerous hair problems for you. Aloe Vera can be of assistance for maintenance of the pH balance of your hair.
14. A great conditioner
Aloe Vera contains proteolytic enzymes that do the job of removing dead cells. As a result, you have moisturized, smooth and glossy hair, all the tasks that are executed by an expensive conditioner.
15. Treats inflamed scalp
The anti-inflammatory qualities of Aloe Vera, as seen earlier, can also benefit your scalp’s health. It helps reduce the redness, scaling, itching and inflammation on your scalp.
16. Strengthens hair
The vitamins and nutrients that Aloe Vera possesses help in restoring the strength in your hair. You can also combine Aloe Vera with coconut oil and jojoba oil for more effective results.
17. An effective hair rinse
If you’re having trouble with oily hair, turn to Aloe Vera. Its gel is a wonderful rinse for oily hair. For best results, mix one part of Aloe Vera juice with two parts of lemon juice and rub this mixture onto your hair. The acid from lemon gets rid of excess oil without any damages and the Aloe Vera sees to it that your hair doesn’t remain dry.
18. Treats Alopecia
Alopecia is essentially pattern baldness, which is a common hair problem that men face with age. This type of hair loss occurs at a particular section of the head and can eventually lead to full hair loss. This problem can be reduced significantly by using Aloe Vera on a regular basis. Aloe Vera has the capacity to rejuvenate the hair follicles and thus reduce hair fall.
19. Natural hair gel
Instead of using expensive hair gel, you can now dab a dollop of Aloe Vera gel after styling your hair, and that will provide a natural shine and also keep moisture locked in your hair.
20. Overnight treatment mask
You can even prepare a mask for your hair, and apply it on your hair and let it work its magic overnight. If you’re suffering with unmanageable hair, then this is your answer right here. This mask conditions your hair and makes it thick and long. You can use this mask once a week to see amazing results.
As you can see, Aloe Vera is indeed a versatile plant which possesses many more benefits than one can sum up. Thus, you can now make Aloe Vera your daily companion in order to have healthy skin and hair. You really don’t need to always resort to expensive and branded products when nature provides such wonderful alternatives that are completely free of cost. So get hold of an Aloe Vera plant immediately and make it a part of your garden. Stay healthy, stay fresh!