NewDelhi: The green-cactus looking plant that sits out in your garden isn't just a plant with its roots in folklore; it's the crux of a million dollar industry that extends from beauty creams to healthy juices and diet supplements. Over time, Aloe Vera has seamlessly integrated itself into everything we use. The Aloe Vera plant is about one or two feet tall with prickly and bitter leaves, which act as a defence to keep animals and insects from feeding on the plant. The leaves hold a gooey translucent gel, also extremely bitter, and known all over the world for its unbelievable healing properties. This translucent gel is made up of around 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds, a type of protein which contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body and lastly, Vitamin A, B, C and E. One of the most crucial elements found in aloe Vera gel is a complex carbohydrate known as acemannan. It allows nutrients to reach the cells, nourish them and at the same time relieve them of toxins.
Aloe Vera for Beauty:
Since the skin needs nutrition of its own, Aloe Vera, when formulated into a properly designed personal care regimen, can treat, exfoliate, restore, reveal and provide constant, impressive nutrition to the human skin. One way to use aloe Vera is to apply the gel directly; another would be to make a pack using aloe Vera along with some other special ingredients from your kitchen.
- Aloe Vera for Dry Skin – Take some aloe Vera, a pinch of turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of milk and a few drops of rose water. Blend this mix till you get a paste. Apply it and leave in for about 20 minutes or so.
- Aloe Vera Scrub – Grab half a cup of fresh aloe Vera gel, a cup of sugar and two tablespoons of lemon juice. The sugar will help exfoliate and scrub off dead skin, the aloe Vera will deep clean the skin and the lemon will help fade out scars and tan. Stir the three ingredients together and use it to scrub both face and body.
Aloe Vera for Weight-Loss:
It's not just the beauty industry that's obsessing over the benefits of aloe Vera; the health industry can't stop raving about it either. According to Britt Brandon, the author of The Everything Guide to Aloe Vera for Health, "Aloe Vera can improve the effectiveness of your diet and maximize your weight-loss potential.
Aloe Vera is packed with nutrients and some of the most effective ones are the eight enzymes that it contains – aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulose, lipase and peroxidase – all of which help immensely with digestion. These enzymes are the main components in the breakdown of sugars and fats, enhancing digestion and nutrient absorption.
Lowers cholesterol levels and protects your heart:
A study published in the British Medical Journal found that beta sitosterol helps in reducing ones cholesterol levels, and aloe Vera is packed with this compound. Apart from that, aloe Vera also contains a large number of fatty acids that aid in the breakdown of fats in the body – helping in the overall reduction of cholesterol.