Aloe Vera - A Wonder Herb For Skin

February 10, 2015

Skin Benefits of Aloe Vera

Since time immemorial Aloe Vera plant is used by many people for its various properties especially its healing properties. It contains various antioxidants, phytochemicals and other nutrients which are beneficial for skin, hair and overall health and thus it is considered a ‘Wonder Herb’. Aloe Vera is grown mainly in the dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and America.  Because of its many therapeutic uses, it is now commercially cultivated in the United States, Japan, and countries in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.  However, in many places you can grow your own Aloe Vera plant as any other household plant.

Despite its very cactus-like characteristics, Aloe Vera belongs to the lily family, which also includes asparagus, onions, leeks and garlic. The Aloe Vera plant contains over thirty enzymes, including lipase and oxidase. In today’s lifestyle and modern dietary pattern it could be argued that enzymes are the most missing element from our food and since digestion is enzyme-based, 40% of the adult population suffers digestive problems. Using Aloe Vera helps aid proper digestion.

Aloe Vera also contains significant levels of salicylic acid (the active ingredient in aspirin) which accounts for some of the herb's pain-killing potential. Some people swear by a burst of aloe spray on sunburn when a gel or cream is too painful to apply.

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Salicylic acid also plays a role in Aloe's detoxifying and cell-cleansing capacity.  It has been proved that a daily drink with high quality Aloe juice helps clear sensitive skin. 

Here are some skin care benefits of Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera is well known as a soothing ingredient in skincare lotions and body products. It helps keep your skin healthy and repairs damaged skin cells with its healing properties.

  • It possesses anti-inflammatory properties thus helps in treatingacne, blemishes and other skin problems
  • When pplied to the skin it softens dead skin cells leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth.
  • It has anti aging properties and helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines when applied regularly.
  • It contain antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin's natural texture, firmness and keep the skin hydrated.
  • Aloe Vera is very useful in summers as well as in winters. Its cooling properties provide instant relief from sunburns in the summer by hydrating the skin. In winters, it helps get rid of dryness by adding moisture to the skin.
  • It provides skin with essential nutrients which help maintain healthy skin. It helps replenish the skin cells giving it a radiant glow.
  • Aloe Vera gel can be used to treat dry skin. It keeps the skin hydrated and increases its elasticity. It also provides oxygen to the skin which strengthens the skin tissue and makes it healthy looking

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There are a host of studies from every continent documenting the healthful benefits of Aloe Vera, taken both internally and used externally.  Aloe Vera has truly earned it reputation as a natural, healthful 'wonder' herb.

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