Your mom was onto something when she snipped off the tip of an aloe leaf and squeezed it onto your sunburn. The plant has been shown in studies to help heal minor wounds eight days faster than standard dressing, not to mention it’s an antibacterial and contains vitamins and minerals that can ease eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. But creative and enterprising beauty experts are using it for a lot more than the occasional cut or rash; they’re using it to get gorgeous, too.
The word ‘vera’ means true or genuine. This makes aloe vera the most genuine and versatile panacea for all your health woes. You must have seen an aloe vera plant in a kitchen garden and must have wondered how this ornamental plant can help improve your health. Well, that is nature’s most jealously guarded secret!
Many of us must have also used facial creams and shampoos enriched with Aloe juice. The sap derived from the stems of this succulent plant is used to make the aloe vera juice. With so many benefits to offer, it is no wonder that Aloe Vera was considered the plant of “immortality” by the Egyptians. Aloe vera has been used since time immemorial for its soothing and curing properties.
But do you know why this short cacti plant is known as the ‘miracle plant’? To know the miraculous properties of aloe vera juice, you have to know how to make aloe vera juice at home. Always use organic aloe vera juice to reap maximum benefits.
#1.As a makeup remover
#2. Digestive Cure
Aloe Vera is very useful for curing bowel problems due to its high anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera also helps in the growth of good bacteria in the gut, this keeps all digestive disorders at bay.
#3.As a shaving cream
In-the-know beauty buffs swear by pure aloe as the perfect shaving cream: It’s antibacterial, which is great for nicks; it’s slippery, allowing for a nice close shave; and it moisturizes, too. You can use it on its own, or combine with other nourishing ingredients for a more luxe (but still DIY) product.Erika Katz, author of Bonding Over Beauty, shared this recipe with us: Mix 1/3 cup aloe vera gel, 1/4 cup castile soap or hand soap, 1 Tbsp almond oil, 1/4 cup distilled warm water, 1 tsp vitamin E oil, and 5 drops of eucalyptus oil in a foaming bottle or a clean soap pump dispenser. Shake well before you use, and refrigerate up to six months.
#4. Healthy Weight Loss
You must have taken slimming tablets or tried all the exercises and diets to lose weight. However, you didn’t get the desired results. Do you want to lose weight naturally? Aloe vera juice is an easy and natural weight loss solution . It reduces the weight by stabilizing the metabolic rate, reducing the lipid levels and helping burn fat.
#5.As a soothing ice cube
Grab an ice cube tray, fill with aloe gel, and freeze. Pop them out and store in a freezer safe container. “These little frosty fellows are great after too much sun exposure, run-ins with your stove, bug bites, poison ivy, and even psoriasis,” says Corene Hejl, owner of beauty company feedmyskin. “At our house we call it the boo-boo pop!”
#6. Face pack for tan removal
Tanning ruins your natural beauty and is not a pleasing sight. So, take some aloe vera gel and mix a few drops of lemon juice in it. Apply it evenly on your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water, to see the glow it imparts on your skin.
#7. Face pack for treating pigmentation
Pigmentations and freckles steal away your fairness. To get back to your spotless skin, make a mixture of aloe vera gel and rose water. Apply it on your face and keep it on for 15-20 minutes. Before rinsing off the pack, gently massage it for a few minutes. With this pack you can see pigmentation, age spots, and pimple marks disappearing.
#8.As a face wash
Is there anything it can’t do? Mix 1 Tbsp aloe vera gel with 1 tsp almond milk, and 1 tsp lemon, wash and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Since some minerals found in aloe are antibacterial, this face wash is ideal for sensitive skin, breakouts, and rosacea, says Pekar. Need an anti-aging boost? Mix 1 Tbsp aloe with 1 tsp 100% raw organic coconut oil, massage into hands until the contents are warm, then wash and rinse.
#9.Promotes Hair Growth
Aloe Vera is rich in proteolitic enzymes which help to remove the dead skin which clogs the pores of the scalp, which hinders the growth of new hair follicles. Accumulation of excessive sebum on the scalp can lead to hair problems like partial baldness. So the Aloe gel removes the sebum, making the scalp squeaky clean and promoting hair growth.
#10.For Soft Hair
- In 3 teaspoons of Aloe gel, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and coconut oil.
- Massage onto the scalp and keep for 20 minutes.
- Wash off your hair with a shampoo.
- In a blender, add the Aloe gel and a handful of hibiscus leaves. You can also add the flowers for better results.
- You will get a smooth green paste. Apply this on the root and hair strands and leave it for 30 minutes.
- Wash with shampoo. You may also have to shampoo your hair twice to remove this hair pack.
#11.For bad breath
Come a little closer…no, actually—don’t. When bad breath hits, drink up to 1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel dissolved in a 1/2 cup of water or apple juice, suggests herbalist Letha Hadady, author of Healthy Beauty. Aloe vera contains an anti-inflammatory compound called B-sitosterol that soothes acid indigestion, a common cause of bad breath. But resist the urge to chug; in large doses, aloe vera can work like a laxative.
#12.As a night treatment
In a literal twist on getting your beauty sleep, Tammie Umbel, founder ofShea Terra Organics, likes to blend pure aloe juice with three inches of cucumber and half an egg white for a hydrating mask you can wear to bed.