The entire ayurvedic industry has its foundation within this elixir. Though it may look slightly unappealing from the outside, this plant has the ability to heal almost every discomfort we face on a daily basis. There are two things that are extracted from this plant. The aloe vera gel that lies in the middle of the leaf, and the yellow latex part that lies immediately beneath the skin. Both of these by-products have immense healing properties.
The plant has found its way into every industry possible. It is the not-so-secret ingredient in the beauty industry, the weight loss industry and even the health industry of digestion and immunity.
1. Reduce rashes, inflammation and skin irritation
Once you manage to get past the prickly exterior and get your hands on the gel, you’ll understand why this plant is the solution to all problems. The gel is extremely soothing on the skin and the enzymes present in the plant have the ability to reduce inflammation when applied to the affected part. It has also been proven to have some effect in treating genital herpes.
2. Treats burns
Because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps in treating burns and other skin wounds. On the other end of the spectrum, the aloe vera gel is also beneficial in curing frostbite in patients. Needless to say, it works wonders for those who are victim to any type of acne. As an added benefit, it has no side effects even if accidentally consumed, though it may taste quite bitter.
3. For hair
Aloe vera, when applied on the scalp, can help cure a lot of hair related problems.It’s proteolytic enzymes help get rid of dead skin cells and reduce hair fall. It can even help reduce dandruff on the scalp. It helps to moisturize the scalp and acts as a great natural conditioner, leaving your hair feeling softer than before. The chemical constitution is similar to that of keratin and helps improve tenacity and reduce breakage.
4. For weight loss and immunity
The plant is filled with natural antioxidants that help flush out everything unwanted from the body. However, consuming it raw will be too bitter so it needs to be mixed with something sweeter to mask the taste. Aloe vera juice does help in weight loss but only if it’s consumed over a long period of time.
5. Constipation and digestion
The latex of the plant acts as a laxative and helps get rid of constipation. The antibacterial properties also help in soothing the stomach lining and getting rid of stomach ulcers.
Aloe vera normalizes the pH balance in the body and helps in digestion as well.