Home Remedies using Aloe Vera

at home remedies using aloe vera plant

Aloe vera has a reputation for being a medicinal miracle that dates back thousands of years ago. With more than 250 different species of the plant growing in dry regions across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, it’s pretty easy to take advantage of home remedies using aloe vera.

What is Aloe Vera?

As a member of the Lily family, aloe vera is a succulent, perennial plant sometimes confused with a type of cactus because it possesses thick, spiny leaves. The aloe vera plant contains polysaccharides (that promote skin cell repair and growth) and glycoproteins (eases irritation and calms pain), which are also known to strengthen the immune system.

The leaf of the aloe vera plant is considered the most beneficial part. The outside of the aloe vera leaf is smooth and rubbery, and when broken open, the gel inside can be used as an immediate topical remedy associated with accelerated wound healing.

In the past, the leaves were sliced and laid on the skin to ease itching and heal burns [1]. Today, aloe vera is used as an effective treatment for minor burns, wrinkles, insect bites, skin irritation, cuts, scratches, and sunburns. The plant is used in many different ways, including:

• Clear gel from aloe leaves is a topical ointment
• Green part of the leaf makes a juice or dried substance that is taken by mouth
• Taken orally for a laxative effect
• Aloe vera gel is used in many commercial skin products, such as lotions and sunblocks
• Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has even approved aloe vera as a natural food flavoring [2]

It is important to note that out of all the different species of aloe, only five are recognized as offering nutritional and medicinal value.

Possible Side Effects

For some patients, aloe vera does not come without the occasional side effects. When taking aloe vera orally, some people have reported abdominal cramping and diarrhea. The laxative effect associated with oral aloe vera remedies can also decrease the absorption of many drugs. Some interactions with drugs noted include blood sugar medications.

People who should not consume aloe vera juice orally include pregnant women, children, and people suffering with kidney, liver or intestinal disease. Some patients have suffered an allergic reaction to aloe vera when used as a topical remedy. It is suggested to test a small amount on a patch of skin.

Aloe Vera Home Remedies

To reap the benefits of aloe vera plants, keep in mind that they are not fully mature until they reach four years old. Until then, the plant cannot offer the medicinal properties listed in the following home remedies for using aloe vera:

a) Skin Infections:

Reduce the severity of skin infections by turning the pulp of an aloe vera leaf into a paste that is applied to the face. This mask can also be used to rejuvenate skin tissues.

b) Minor Cuts:

Treat minor cuts or lesions on the skin by applying aloe vera gel for an overnight treatment.

c) Anti-Aging:

Applying aloe vera gel on the face can help remove the signs of aging when used on a regular basis. Some people have used the substance to eliminate spots on skin, as well as remove or reduce wrinkles.

d) Clear Complexion:

Apply aloe vera on the face to enhance the appearance of your skin.

e) Acne:

Treat your acne with aloe vera juice by applying to your face. As a natural germ killer, the aloe helps stop the spread of acne with its antibacterial properties.

f) Acne Scars:

Aloe vera juice can also treat acne scars by slicing a leaf into two sections and then directly applying to scars.

g) Poison Ivy:

The juice of aloe vera can soothe irritations of the skin, such as poison ivy. Pour aloe vera juice over affected skin for a calming effect.

h) A Wash for Eyes:

You can use the dried sap of the aloe vera leaf to prepare a “tea” that is a good wash for the eyes, as well as other wounds.

i) Itchy Scalp:

Not only does aloe vera juice remedy an itchy scalp, but also treats excess oil and dandruff. The aloe naturally balances pH and can be mixed with carrier oils, such as jojoba, which can purify the scalp. Use the treatment two to three times per week to see results. Apply the juice directly to the roots of your hair. While some people leave the remedy on for five minutes, you may also opt for an hour or even overnight.

j) Digestion:

It is said that you can improve your digestion by drinking aloe vera juice.

k) Appetite:

Some people have improved their appetite by taking one tablespoon of aloe vera juice before eating a meal.

l) Shiny Hair:

Enjoy a shinier mane by applying aloe vera juice to your hair before washing. Aloe is also associated with making your roots stronger. Aloe vera can also help you grow thicker hair.

m) Constipation:

Remove the dried latex from the inner lining of the aloe vera leaf and consume. A chemical called anthroquinone glycosides is found in the latex, which encourages a bowel movement to occur.

n) Diabetes:

People who experience low blood sugar levels can drink aloe juice to treat their diabetic symptoms.

o) Heartburn:

When the symptoms of heartburn start to emerge, drink aloe vera juice to ease your gastrointestinal issues.

Resources

[1] http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-ombrello/pow/aloe_vera.htm
[2] http://nccam.nih.gov/health/aloevera/

SIMILAR ARTICLES

  • Ranger

    Apply tis aloe vaera gel directly in acne affected area will get well soon.apply twice a day

  • Ramona

    Use aloe vera gel from fresh cut leaves to rub on immediately after fire ant stings, it stops the itching and swelling.

  • julie

    you can use aloe juice that you get from the leaves to prevent a runny nose.when i was little my mom used to do it all the time.i think you have to mix the aloe juice with water and then put a couple drops down your nose.it will be better in no time:)

  • Hannah

    I have suffered from acne ever since I was 10 years old and I think that what works for me best is ok so before you go to bed put your hair in a bun (girls) and boustrophedon don’t have to (obviously) and grab a Lemon and pour the juice all over your face leave it for 5 minutes then rice with cold water the lemon juice might itch and irritate so badly but you have to be strong after you wash your face with acne wash then rinse with cold water then wash your hands well and put a clean towel over your pillow then go to sleep it worked so well for me my face is flawless all skin is different but I really recommend it GOOD LUCK??????????!!

  • saaed

    cover your face with coal and after 15 mins wash it with water.your skin will be light tone and younger looking.conformed by dermotogist

  • Bella

    Hi everyone, I got a tip about how to use aloe on your pimples – it takes some work and some time to show results, but it’s good – I use it myself.

    Here’s how you do it – first, find a fresh, large and very green aloe vera leaf. Keep some sterilized (boiled) and cool water handy. Wash your hand and the leaf in the water. Now split the leap along the stem, slowly. You’ll see two sorts of juice – one is very liquid, yellowish, discard this gently. Underneath that you’ll see some white, thick jelly-ish substance. You can cut it out in pieces, gently. Wash these pieces in the water till all the impurities are cleared away. Now, rub each of the piece on a pimple (needless to say you have to thoroughly wash and dry your face, or any affected area before doing this). The dry skin will slowly soak up the jelly. Keep doing this for weeks and you’d have a skin to dream of.