The word ‘Aloe’ has its roots in the Arabic word ‘alloeh’, which means ‘Radiance’.Egyptians called aloe the “Plant of Immortality,” and depicted aloe in wall paintings.The Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used Aloe Vera as part of their regular beauty regimes.Alexander the Great used Aloe Vera to treat his wounded soldiers.
From most recent history, Mahatma Gandhi drank the inner gel from Aloe Vera, which helped him maintain a high energy level despite his often poor diet. When Mahatma Gandhi was asked what secrets he had that sustained him during his long fasts, he answered in his letter he wrote to his biographer:
“You ask me what were the secret forces which sustained me during my long fasts. Well, it was my unshakable faith in God, my simple and frugal lifestyle, and the Aloe whose benefits I discovered upon my arrival in South Africa at the end of the 19th century.”
Aloe vera is a stemless Succulent plant (water storing plant) which grows in dry conditions is widely used in herbal medicine/Ayurveda. Aloevera is obtained in the form of gel, juice and powdered forms. As it is non-toxic, it does not cause any adverse reactions when taken along with other drugs.
If you spend a fun filled afternoon at the beach on a lovely July day and bake for too long, you might end up with a nasty sunburn. If you forget to reapply sunscreen after you come out of the water, then you are even more likely to suffer the ouch factor.
Aloe Vera gel comes from the leaves of the plant and is very effective at soothing injured skin. The gel acts as an antibacterial agent because it contains aloectin B. It is this ingredient that stimulates the workings of the immune system.
If your skin gets sunburned, take a shower right away and then apply a generous amount of Aloe Vera gel to the affected areas. The Aloe Vera gel will act as a moisturizer and will seep into the layers of skin to begin to facilitate healing and skin repair.
Aloevera has been used since ancient times to treat various skin disorders. Take a leaf of aloe vera plant and remove the outer green covering.Collect the resulting white jelly-like flesh of aloe vera in a clean bowl. Mash the gel well and apply it on the affected parts of the skin. Keep on for few minutes. You can wash away the gel using cold water.
Aloe Vera has anti-microbial and pain-killing effects. They are also used in the treatment of acidity. It is a therapeutic healing agent which acts externally and internally. It acts externally as an astringent, anti-fungal and healing agent on the skin wounds. It also acts as an emollient (substances used for softening skin).
When it is used internally, it lowers the cholesterol levels and is used to correct digestive disorders like acidity by killing Helicobacter pylori (bacteria which cause acidity).
A natural hair conditioner: Aloe can be used in place of chemical based conditioners. If you are suffering from excessive hair loss, reducing the amount of chemicals you put in your hair is an important first step.
Helps in detoxification: Aloe juice is said to have natural detoxifying properties that cleanse the digestive and circulatory system. This promotes blood circulation and a higher rate of absorption of nutrients from food.
Has anti-ageing properties: Aloe gel is known for its anti-wrinkle properties. Aloe penetrates the many layers of the skin, hydrates, nourishes and regenerates the cells, which has the potential to delay appearance of wrinkles,
Erases blemishes and scars: Many swear by aloe vera’s ability to erase blemishes and scars. If you have a plant, squeeze the leaf and apply the gel and leave it overnight. This is said to help.