Since ancient times, people have recognized and valued the amazing properties of the Aloe plant. This plant is also known as a “wonder plant,” is a short-stemmed shrub, that contains over 500 species of flowering succulent plants. Many Aloes occur naturally in North Africa.
The earliest record of its use by people comes from the Ebers Papyrus (an Egyptian medical record) from the16th century BC.
At this time, the ancient Egyptians called it “the plant of immortality”, and it was also widely used in China, Japan, India, Greece, Egypt, Mexico, and Japan.
According to Biomed Central:
“Such extensive human use of aloe Vera is nothing new; historical sources suggest aloe Vera trade routes were well-established in the Red Sea and Mediterranean regions as far back as the 4th century B.C …
Over 500 species of aloes exist, spread over Africa, the Middle East, and various Indian Ocean islands.”
Aloe supports our overall health in numerous different ways, as it effectively stimulates the natural defensive properties of the body and thus helps the prevention of illness and disease.
“Aloe alkalizes the body. Disease cannot manifest in an alkaline environment. Most people are living and subsisting on mostly acidic foods.
For great health, remember the 80/20 rule — 80 percent alkaline forming foods and 20 percent acidic. Aloe Vera is an alkaline forming food. It alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.”
It offers a myriad of beneficial qualities for the beauty of the skin and hair as well.
As stated by Medical News Today:
“Aloe Vera contains various powerful antioxidant compounds. Some of these compounds can help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria …
Aloe Vera definitely has some unique therapeutic properties, especially when applied as an ointment for the skin and gums.”
Namely, Happy and Raw claims:
“Aloe increases the elasticity of the skin making it more flexible through collagen and elastin repair. Aloe is an emollient, helping to soften and soothe the skin.
It helps supply oxygen to the skin cells, increasing the strength and synthesis of skin tissue and induces improved blood flow to the skin through capillary dilation.”
The numerous capabilities of this plant are due to the combination of innumerate healthy compounds and phytonutrients, like vitamins A, C and E, choline, folic acid and B1, B2, B12 and B3 (niacin), magnesium, copper, iron, selenium, zinc, calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, and chromium, as well as high amounts of fatty acids, amino acids, and polyphenol antioxidants.
Here are some of its benefits for the skin and hair:
1. Soothe Sunburn
The Aloe Vera gel is an excellent natural remedy for sunburns, as it creates a protective layer on the skin that keeps it moisturized, and provides high amounts of minerals and antioxidants that accelerate healing.
2. Nourish and Condition the Hair and Scalp
Aloe Vera softens and conditions the hair, and restores its vitality and shine, eliminating the residue and grease.
Use Aloe Vera as a moisturizer that will soften the skin without clogging the pores. You can apply it topically as an aftershave as well, which will soothe the dry skin and keep it hydrated.
4. Accelerates Wound Healing
This plant has powerful properties that accelerate the healing time of burns and wounds. Namely, it speeds up the skin cell reproduction and penetrates the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) four times faster than water.
5. Prevents Dandruff
Dandruff is often a result of fungal infections, dry or oily skin, and irritations, and this amazing plant treats all of these causes, hydrates the scalp, and restores the needed healthy balance of oiliness.
6. Lightens Blemishes
It is a powerful natural remedy for acne scars and stretch marks, lightens blemishes, age spots, and freckles, and treats any inflammation on the skin.
7. Fights Aging
Aloe is high in beta-carotene and vitamins E and C, so it has strong anti-aging qualities. It effectively lightens blemishes, boosts the elasticity of the skin, and increases the body’s production of collagen.
8. Promotes Healthy Hair Growth
Aloe Vera boosts blood circulation to the scalp, and thus delivers the needed minerals and vitamins. Additionally, it is rich in proteolytic enzymes which repair dead skin cells on the scalp.
The Aloe Vera gel boosts the elasticity of the hair and rejuvenates it, and thus prevents breakage of the delicate hair strands.
9. Reduces Acne and Infection
This plant has gentle cleansing and antimicrobial properties which quickly treat pimples, and protect the skin from bacteria and pathogens that cause inflammation and infections.
It contains substances – gibberellins and polysaccharides, which stimulate the growth of new cells, and glycoproteins, that soothe inflammation and redness.
Moreover, it reduces the size of pores, and thus prevents the accumulation of dirt, excess sebum, and microbes.
You can simply apply the Aloe Vera gel directly on the hair and skin, but we also recommend trying the following recipes:
-- Skin Brightening Scrub – Combine it with sugar and lemon juice and use it to brighten the skin tone.
-- Aloe and Honey Face Mask for Acne – Soothe the pain, redness, swelling, and itching by applying this mixture of Aloe Vera and honey.
-- Green Tea and Aloe Skin Toner – Mix Aloe Vera, water, and green tea, and use this natural toner to eliminate toxins, moisturize the skin, soothe redness, and tighten the pores.
-- Sugar Foot Scrub – Add some essential oil to the gel and scrub the tired and cracked feet.
-- Coconut Mango Bath Bombs – Make soothing bath bombs by mixing aloe Vera with coconut milk and mango.
-- Daily Cleansing Face Wash – Mix it with your favorite essential oil, cosmetic clay, jojoba oil, and liquid castile soap, and the face wash will be suitable for all skin types.
-- Soothing Moisturizer – Mix it with jojoba oil, essential oil, sweet almond oil, and beeswax, to get an all-natural soothing skin moisturizer.
-- 3-Ingredient Instant Lift Eye Gel –The combination of Aloe Vera, witch hazel, and cucumber, and eliminate the bags and dropping or puffy eyes.
-- Eye Make-Up Remover – Mix Aloe Vera juice with extra virgin olive oil and use the combination to remove your makeup and not damage the skin or the delicate eye area.
-- Aloe Shampoo – Improve hair health by applying a mixture of distilled water, dried herbs, liquid castile soap, Aloe Vera gel, jojoba oil, and essential oils.
-- Anti-Frizz Hair Spray – Detangle the hair, make it shiny and stop frizz by using a homemade Aloe Vera hairspray.
-- Shaving Gel – Mix aloe with liquid castile soap, vegetable glycerin, olive oil, and essential oils, and use this natural shaving gel to moisturize the skin and make it smooth.
-- Soothing After Sun Spray – Mix Aloe Vera with witch hazel, and vitamin E, in order to make a soothing after sun spray that will hydrate the skin after being exposed to the sun.
-- Cucumber and Aloe Face Mask for Dry Skin – Treat the tightness and dryness around the face and hairline by mixing cucumber and Aloe Vera gel and applying the face mask for 20 minutes.
-- Tinted Slick Eyebrow Gel – Combine aloe Vera with activated charcoal, vitamin E oil, and cocoa powder to enhance your eyebrows.
-- Conditioner for Dry Hair – To make a homemade dry hair conditioner, mix lemon, Aloe Vera, and essential oils.
-- Citrus Body Wash – This is a combination of the gel with shea butter, guar gum, castile soap base, and orange, lemon, and lime essential oils.
-- Anti-Aging Aloe Vera Peel – This easy peel is a mixture of green and chamomile tea, gelatin, Aloe Vera gel, and cucumber.
-- ‘Keep Your Cool’ Facial Mist – Mix it with witch hazel and peppermint essential oil, and apply it on the extra hot days.
-- Hair Gel – A mixture of olive and almond oil with Aloe Vera gel with serve as a powerful natural hair gel.
Yet, if you decide to buy the Aloe Vera gel, make sure it is pure, straight-from-the-leaf one.
Yet, to reap all the benefits of Aloe Vera, it is best to harvest your own Aloe Vera gel from the leaves, so try to grow your own plant at home.