The aloe vera plant is known to be a miracle plant due to its various healing benefits. Aloe vera leaves are loaded with a gel containing folic acid and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E. The minerals present in aloe vera juice are iron, copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, zinc, magnesium, chromium and manganese. All these nutrients have wonderful health benefits.
Health experts regard aloe vera as one of nature’s most versatie and impressive herb. Also, it is safe to use externally and internally. Aloe vera makes 2 substances, which are used for medicine. The gel is obtained from the cells located in the center of the leaf, and the latex is obtained from the cells just beneath the leaf skin.
Most individuals use aloe gel as a remedy for skin conditions, such as cold sores, minor burns, skin irritations and other aloe vera benefits. Here are some of aloe vera’s use as a natural remedy.
1. Aloe Vera for Bad Breath
How to Use as Mouthwash:
Aloe mouthwash, is a good way to keep your breath smelling sweet.
2 tsp baking soda
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil
1/2 cup aloe vera gel
1/2 cup distilled water
1. Place all the ingredients in a jar and let it settle.
2. Shake thoroughly, before each use, then gargle about 2 teaspoons when using it.
This method, when combine with a good brushing routine, should have everything you need to keep your mouth clean and healthy by susing aloe vera.
How to Use (For Ingestion):
Another way of using Aloe Vera to prevent bad breath is to ingest it. Aloe vera contains an anti-inflammatory compound known as B-sitosterol, which soothes acid indigestion, a known common cause of bad breath.
1. Put 1/4 cup pure Aloe Vera gel and dissolve it in about 1/2 cup of apple juice or water.
2. Drink this to soothe acid indigestion, which is a very known common cause of bad breath.
Be careful, because in larger doses, Aloe works like a laxative.
2. Aloe Vera for Treating Cold Sores
When aloe vera gel is applied to a cold sore a few times daily, it helps ease the discomfort and speed up the healing process. Also, it is safe when consumed by mouth, therefore, there is no need to worry about swallowing this natural treatment.
Aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that accelerate healing and reduce pain linked with cold sores, or any sores on the mouth. The vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin C and amino acids are also helpful. One of the vitamin B6 benefits, is it acts as a natural pain treatment and makes antibodies that your immune system uses for protection.
How to Use:
1. Wash your hands first.
2. Apply aloe vera gel at least 3 times daily, or until the cold sore lesion has dried.
2. Wash your hands after you apply aloe vera gel on the cold sore.
3. Aloe Vera for the Treatment of Minor Burns
In 1959, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved the use of aloe vera ointment, as an over-the-counter medication for the treatment of burns on the skin. When aloe vera gel is used on burns, it can help in preventing UV-induced suppression, so the area can heal at a faster rate.
Aloe vera is a very effective ingredient to alleviate the pain caused by a burn. This is because it contains enzymes that increase blood flow to damaged tissues and reduce inflammation. Due to its antibacterial compounds, aloe can also help in avoiding infection. Aloe vera helps new skin cells form, therefore, accelerating the healing process.
Also, aloe vera was also found to speed wound healing by allowing oxygen, increasing circulation in the blood vessels of the skin and nutrients to be delivered to the affected skin quickly. Added to preventing blistering, healing skin and scarring, Aloe vera provides instant relief, taking the sting and throbbing out of sunburns, kitchen burns and any other type of minor burn.
Aloe vera is a very gentle substance, which can be used on all areas of your body. Though allergies to aloe are very rare, you may want to try it on a small portion of your skin first. Aloe is known to be generally soothing, therefore irritation is not normal and is a sign that you may have an allergy.
How to Use:
Aloe vera for burns can be used in many different forms. It is available in liquid, gel, spray, cream, lotion or capsule. Although all types are effective, Aloe vera is most potent when taken directly from the plant.
1. Cut-off a portion of the plant.
2. Wash it.
3. Squeeze out the gel.
4. Put some gel on the burn.
5. After applying aloe gel, leave the affected area uncovered and clean. You may re-apply 2-3 times per day as needed.
– When purchasing Aloe products, remember that some Aloe gels only contain trace quantities of Aloe in them. Choose products containing high percentage of stabilized aloe vera gel.
– Aloe should be spread on a burn area after it had some time to cool-off (cool running water helps). The gel will then dry up to form a protective layer over the burn, thus reducing your chance of infection.
4. Aloe Vera for Insect Bites
Did you know that aloe vera is a natural, antiseptic agent? This is what makes it a good natural remedy for mosquito bites.
The vitamins and minerals present in aloe vera will help in reducing the swelling, pain and itching. Also, it will help the bite heal faster. You can use Alove vera for any types of insect bites, as it contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
How to Use:
1. Using fresh aloe vera or aloe vera gel will work perfectly for this home remedy. Just ,ake sure it is at cold temperature before applying it to your skin. You can do this by leaving it in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.
2. Rub the aloe gel to the mosquito bite.
3. Leave it on and let the aloe vera do its work.