All You Need to Know About Aloe Vera

The aloe plant has more than 300 species. but Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) is by far the most prized and the best-known version in beauty and health industries for its amazing healing properties. 

People discovered the benefits of aloe vera 6000 years ago. In the olden times, it was called the “plant of immortality”. The juice and gel, found inside the aloe vera plant quickly became one of the most popular herbal remedies, used for treating both external issues (like skin problems) and internal issues (digestion problems). 

Alternatively named “burn plant”, “elephant’s gall”, and “lily of the desert”, this succulent and spiky plant is found in the tropical, dry climates of Asia, Africa, Europe, and southern and western USA. 

Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is an Ayurvedic godsend with numerous benefits. Some of them are –

  1. Improves Digestion

Aloe latex, which contains aloin, is an anthraquinone (laxative) that helps to relieve constipation, and other chronic digestive conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Additionally, aloe vera also helps increase water in your intestinal lumen, which is also beneficial for constipation and IBS.

  1. Treats Skin Conditions

Aloe creams are known to have calming effects on your skin, which in turn reduces itchiness and inflammation. Moreover, aloe vera also possesses anti-bacterial properties and promotes wound healing. This makes it an effective cure for treating acne and psoriasis. 

  1. Sunburn Relief

Aloe vera gel has a storehouse of cooling, soothing, regenerative, and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, simply applying a layer of the gel on your skin provides instant relief.  

  1. Wound Healing

Aloe vera is oftentimes used as topical medication by rubbing it on the skin rather than consumption. Since time immemorial, this plant has been used for treating sores, mainly first and second-degree burns. Aloe vera gel is said to reduce the healing time by 9 days compared to modern conventional medicine. Moreover, it also helps to prevent itchiness, redness, and infections.

  1. Stabilizing Blood Sugar Levels

According to researchers, glycemic control in people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes was improved with the help of aloe vera. It can be administered orally as a juice, powder, crushed leaf, or extract.  

Possible Side Effects of Aloe Vera

When applied appropriately, and taken orally in moderation for a short time, aloe gel is considered to be skin-friendly and a great natural remedy. However, aloe whole-leaf extract or aloe latex, when consumed orally in high doses is highly unsafe. Aloe latex may also be a potential cause of cancer, diarrhoea, and abdominal cramps.  

In the present world, aloe vera has a huge market. Aloe vera juice is used in cosmetics, and self-care products like, soap, moisturizer, suntan lotion, and shaving cream. Moreover, aloe vera gel and supplements are widely stocked in drugstores, pharmacies, and supermarkets for an array of health, skin, and hair issues. 

To explore the benefits of aloe vera outlined above, it is best to consult your primary healthcare professional, nutritionist, or other healthcare providers. Here at Mekosha Ayurveda Spasuites Retreat, we provide you with the best Ayurvedic Packages and  Ayurvedic Professionals in Kerala who are ready to guide you on your healing journey. 

Make sure to check out our Ayurvedic Shop for the best organic and natural healthcare, haircare, and skincare products.

Article By:

Ankita Mekosha


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