Do you know how many aloe vera health benefits can be found in one aloe vera plant? I don’t know either because there are so many to choose from. This amazing god-given miracle of a plant is the secret to having amazing hair, skin, and a working digestive system. Do you suffer from acne pimples, wrinkles, or sunburn? Or have digestive troubles like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? I will share with you how to make aloe vera juice for the digestive system, as well as tips for hair care and skin care.
The first time I learned about aloe vera health benefits, I was on vacation in Jamaica. I watched my cousin cut a piece of the long spiky leaf from her backyard. (These plants really thrive in the tropics). My cousin cut out the flesh of the aloe vera plant leaf and blended it. She handed me a glass of the aloe vera juice, which was gooey and thick. I drank it because of all the aloe vera health benefits that were supposed to be in there, but I didn’t really like it. This healthy juice was a great source of healthy benefits, but, a tastier option is to mix the juice into smoothies or shakes.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits For Your Skin
These days, skincare is my favourite aloe vera health benefit. I just love that the plant is filled with antioxidants and vitamins that help to protect my skin. After purchasing the leaf from my local supermarket, I cut it in small pieces, remove the gooey part of the leaf, and place it in a container. I won’t use all of it of course, so the rest I will have to store in my freezer.
I use aloe vera for acne pimples and scars, but it is also good for sunburns, fine lines, and wrinkles. I lather it on my face and leave it there for an hour or until I remember to wipe it off. Sometimes, I will leave it on overnight. I love that one of the aloe vera health benefits is skin hydration. It leaves my face radiant and smooth. Over the years, I have spent hundreds of dollars on products that don’t always do what they say, but now I can give my face what it needs for so much less.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits For Your Hair
There are lots of aloe vera benefits for hair care. You really have to know your own hair for this one. Even though I haven’t personally tried aloe vera on my hair yet, I’ve learned that it helps prevent hair breakage and promote growth. It is also good for dandruff, itchiness, and pH imbalance. I recommend you do further research to learn about your hair needs; that way you can learn how to make your very own conditioner with aloe vera. Using aloe vera will leave your hair healthy and shiny. However, at times it may dry out your hair. Once you do your research, you will have the option of making your very own home-made remedy using aloe vera.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits For The Digestive System
The aloe vera plant is very water-dense, which means aloe vera health benefits include: Hydration, Kidney & Liver function, and it helps prevent constipation. Having aloe vera juice regularly helps with detoxification—getting rid of impurities from out of the body. This is why aloe vera is really good for the liver and kidneys because these organs require a lot of water. Also, after heavy exercise, it’s really important that you rehydrate. And a great way to do so is with aloe vera juice.
Let’s be honest, we all have to go to the bathroom, although sometimes we can’t. When the intestines get their water fix, passing stool is easy. It’s because the body requires water for everything. So, if you have symptoms like IBS, such as constipation and diarrhea, the aloe vera benefit is that your gut bacteria becomes balanced, and you reduce gut inflammation. According to Kris Romeo, Certified Health Coach, Parsley Health, “Aloe is a gut-healing powerhouse.” Romeo recommends starting with 1 to 2 ounces of pure aloe juice or gel per day.
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Recipe For Aloe Vera Juice
|Ingredients: 1 Aloe Vera Leaf|
|To make Juice: 1 cup fruit juice or lemonade, sweetener, 1tbsp lemon justice|
(1)Wash aloe vera leaf under running water, and then pat dry.
(2) Cut both the sides with a scissor, then fillet the top.
(3) Scrape off the white gel into a bowl (be sure there is no yellow or greenish rind in the gel because it’s toxic and no good to eat!)
(4) Add about 2 tsp gel to any fruit juice and blend
(5) Serve immediately
|Store: The extra gel should be stored in a dry jar and refrigerated for further use.|
There are so many aloe vera health benefits in this miracle of a plant. Whether you grow it yourself, or you buy it at the grocery store, you need aloe vera in your life! Aloe vera will give you radiant and silky smooth skin, and leave your hair shiny. But the best of all is that aloe vera is great for your digestive health.
Create your own facial mask, hair conditioner, or juice using aloe vera, and your body will thank you for years to come.
Shauna graduated with an MBA in General Management, a graduate certificate in Public Administration, and an Honours B.A in Criminology and Political Science. Currently, she works as a Court and Client Representative at the Toronto Superior Court of Justice, writes for online magazines, and serves at the Jamaican Canadian Association. She loves family-time, travelling, writing, and staying fit.