The ‘plant of immortality’, as it was called by the Egyptians, can perform miracles not just for your skin but for your hair and health as well. Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used extensively for years.
The clear, sappy substance hidden in its long, thick leaves is the magic potion. Aloe vera plant contains numerous antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. It is said to be useful in treating wounds and minor accidental burns, minor skin infections, cysts, and diabetes. It is also used in treating more chronic conditions such as eczema, genital herpes, dandruff, psoriasis, canker sores, and skin ulcers. Grow aloe vera at home and treat the following skin and hair conditions yourself!
Aloe vera gel can help in reducing the pain and inflammation associated with sunburn due to its healing properties. It creates a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker.
Aloe vera moisturizers the skin without giving it a greasy feel, so it’s perfect for anyone with an oily skin. Any skin, that is especially dry, can benefit from this rich moisturiser. It may be used daily to keep the skin looking fresh and young. Men can use this gel as an aftershave to treat small cuts caused during shaving.
Aloe vera is soothing and can reduce inflammations, blistering and itchiness, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly. It’s antimicrobial properties make it an excellent option for acne treatment. Aloe vera also reduces infections, caused by acne, and heals the skin quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.
Fights skin aging
Regular application of this green gel will reduce lines and wrinkles associated with ageing and loss of elasticity in the skin. The leaves of aloe vera contain a plethora of antioxidants, including beta carotene, vitamin C and E, that improves the skin’s natural firmness and keeps it hydrated.
Treats hairfall and dandruff
Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes, which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It’s chemical make up is similar to keratin, and hence rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients giving it more elasticity, besides preventing breakage. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair. Consult your dermatologist if these conditions persists.
How to take out the sap from aloe vera leaves?
Remove a leaf from the aloe vera plant by cutting it at the base with a pair of scissors. Rinse the leaf under running water. Cut the leaf in half vertically and extract the gel inside with a spoon.