Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Natural wonders—Aloe Vera

Want to do away with those nasty pimple scars? Aloe vera can do it for you!

Aloe vera and its properties
Aloe vera is a short-stemmed plant that grows up to a height of 80-100 centimetres. Its leaves are thick and fleshy with a serrated margin. Often called a miracle plant, aloe’s healing properties have been known for centuries. Aloe vera is known to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Despite some conflicting opinion, preliminary research shows that aloe extracts are useful in treating burns, ulcers and various skin infections.
Aloe Vera is about 95% water. The rest contains active ingredients including essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glycoproteins.
While fresh aloe from the plant is the best, there are numerous over-the-counter pills, creams and gels that promise the goodness of aloe
Unfortunately, the aloe industry is largely unregulated… So check the contents of the product thoroughly before purchase.


Health benefits of aloe vera

Treats digestive disorders: There are claims that intake of aloe vera juice helps in maintaining a healthy digestive tract. It is known to soothe digestive issues such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. It contains anti-inflammatory fatty acids that are helpful for the stomach, small intestine and colon. It is said to alkalise digestive juices and there by prevent heartburn. It also helps clean the digestive tract by exerting a soothing, balancing effect.
Helps in detoxification: Aloe juice is said to have natural detoxifying properties that cleanse the digestive and circulatory system. This promotes blood circulation and a higher rate of absorption of nutrients from food.
Has anti-ageing properties: Aloe gel is known for its anti-wrinkle properties. Aloe penetrates the many layers of the skin, hydrates, nourishes and regenerates the cells, which has the potential to delay appearance of wrinkles.
Heals wounds: Topical application of aloe vera gel is known to be effective in healing wounds.
Cures pimples: There is conflicting opinion regarding this, but many suggest application of aloe gel to treat pimples. Aloe is said to have anti-bacterial properties which can help kill the bacteria and treat acne.
Erases blemishes and scars: Many swear by aloe vera’s ability to erase blemishes and scars. If you have a plant, squeeze the leaf and apply the gel and leave it overnight. This is said to help.

When not to use aloe vera:

Avoid aloe preparations if you are pregnant, breast feeding or menstruating, as it can cause uterine contractions.