8 little-known benefits of Aloe Vera: What more can we ask from it?

8 little-known benefits of Aloe Vera: What more can we ask from it?

Known for its soothing properties, its antioxidant and amino acids, Aloe Vera is a plant that is so versatile and nourishing that it is almost impossible to believe. But there’s still more to it! See these 10 amazing benefits to aloe vera.

Aloe vera is the Holy Grail of beauty and health.

Deemed by the ancient Greeks as “the universal panacea” and “the plant of immortality” for the Egyptians, Aloe Vera has been used by humans for more than 5000 years. The good news is that you can still reap its benefits as it is easily grown and available everywhere in the world.

1. Antiaging properties

It is useful to ward of skin aging.

Did you know Aloe Vera can actually stimulate the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid? It binds moisture into the skin and helps reduce fine lines –the plant also repairs damage from UV rays that are responsible for 80% of visible signs of aging.

2. Use it to reduce acne

Aloe Vera contains salicylic acid that has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, thus it eliminates bacteria that can cause acne and reduces redness and irritation.

3. To reduce plaque

Use it as a mouthwash.

While it won't freshen your breath, it will effectively reduce plaque.

4. It’s hydrating

Aloe Vera contains electrolytes such as magnesium and potassium that contribute to hydration. To reap its benefits –apply its gel after a shower.

5. It softens the skin

Its gel sticks epidermal cells together and the amino acids soften hardened skin cells and zinc acts as an astringent to tighten pores. The result: a fresher complexion.

6. Assists digestion

The anthraquinones a compound present in the plant has a laxative effect, so if you are feeling a bit constipated, it is a great way to fix it –be careful because if you overuse it, you might experience undesired effects such as diarrhea and cramps.

7. As an aftershave lotion

If your skin is irritated after shaving, apply aloe vera gel!

It is known for healing burns –including razor burns. That is why it is perfect as an aftershave lotion, it will banish the rash and restore your skin.

8. Use it to control your blood sugar

Two tablespoons of aloe vera juice a day reduce blood sugar levels if you suffer from type 2 diabetes. Its compounds allow the cells of the body to use blood sugar in a more effective way, this means that you won’t experience as many cravings, your hunger will be reduced and it will be easier to lose fat.

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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