WHAT IT IS
Aloe Vera is one of the succulent species of the genus, Aloe and grows in hot and tropical around the world and is cultivated for medicinal and agricultural purposes, can be grown indoors as a potted plant and is found in many consumer products including juice, skin lotion, or ointments for minor burns and sunburns.'
Aloe Vera is a stemless or very short-stemmed succulent plant growing to 60–100 cm (24–39 in) tall, spreading by offsets. The leaves are thick and fleshy, green to grey-green, with some varieties showing white flecks on their upper and lower stem surfaces and the margin of the leaf is serrated and has small white teeth.
- Skin Care
- Hair Care
- Weight Loss
- Itchy Skin
Benefits of Aloe Vera include
- When consumed, it boosts your immune system with more polysaccharrides which are substances that helps our bodies produce more macrophage which helps the body fight away viruses and other toxic things. Aloe Vera also houses plenty of antioxidants which further reduces free-radicals (toxic things) from floating within our organisms.
- Because it removes toxins and other impurities from the body while helping to maintain healthy digestive tract and immune system, it has been linked to helping with weight loss.
- Aloe Vera includes a substance called beta sitosterol which has been linked to helping bring your blood pressure levels under control. This also helps contribute to reducing inflammation in the body as well.
- Boosting that digestive tract also means aiding your regularity and reduces constipation and diarrhea.
- Aloe Vera can also help stabilize blood sugar levels.
- With so much deep cleansing and stabilizing of your body internally, those effects venture to the exterior and help to clear up acne and other facial and body blemishes.
- Using Aloe Vera topically on the hair can help remove dead skin that clogs the pores essentially aiding in hair growth.
- Aloe Vera used in the hair can also aid in dandruff by moisturizing the scalp and keeping it free of flaky skin, oily hair when used as a rinse, frizzy hair since the amino acids in Aloe Vera help promote strength and add shine, as well as reducing hair loss by rejuvenating hair follicles and reducing thinning.
- Aloe vera juice contains a substance called anthraquinone which is a laxative and can cause severe diarrhea if taken in large amounts. Severe diarrhea can cause cramping and dehydration.
- Alove vera can also inhibit the effect of some medications, reducing their effect. Consult your doctor before consumption.
- Aloe vera juice can raise allergic symptoms such as skin rash or hives, itchy or swollen skin, difficulty in breathing, chest pain and throat irritation.
- Aloe vera juice contains latex which can aggravate health problems like colitis, Crohn’s disease, appendicitis, diverticulosis, intestinal obstruction, hemorrhoid, stomach pains and ulcers.
- Pregnant women should NOT consume aloe vera juice as it may stimulate uterine contractions in pregnant women, leading to miscarriage and birth defects. It also not advised for children under 12 years of age.
- Drinking unprocessed aloe vera juice can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance in the body.
- Consumption of aloe vera juice can lead the body to produce excessive amounts of adrenaline, which can be harmful for people suffering from heart conditions. It can also lower potassium levels in the body, causing irregular heartbeats, weakness and soft muscles.
- Consuming aloe vera juice, for more than a year can cause pseudomelanosis coli, a condition which increases the risk of colorectal cancer. There are even possibilities of developing carcinogenic risk if consumed in high amounts.
- Overdose of aloe vera juice can cause blood build-up in the pelvis, which leads to kidney damage.
HOW TO USE
There are many aloe vera juice drinks available in stores such as Walmart, Publix, Target, Whole Goods, the Vitamin Shoppe and other local places.
**Consult your doctor first to see if you may be at risk for above-mentioned side effects.**
Aloe Vera Juice can also be used in many hair and skin treatments as well. A simple way I like to incorporate aloe vera juice into my hair care routine is as a liquid leave in when moisturizing. To do this...
- Simply fill a spray bottle with either 100% aloe vera juice, or 50% aloe vera juice and 50% water (I like to used the Lily of the Desert brand).
- Simply mist on your hair and moisturize as you would normally.
- Seal in the moisture with an oil and/or butter for soft and luxurious hair.
Aloe Vera Juice can also be implemented and mixed into deep conditioners, added to shampoos (but mixed in a separate bottle), and can be used in many other ways as well.
SO YOU WANT SOME OF THAT?
Aloe vera can be purchased in stores and online. More organic brands of aloe vera juice / gel can be found in stores such as Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods.
Aloe Vera can also be purchased in bulk with these providers...
Want to know how to slice up your own aloe vera plant? Check out this video!
Want to research in a little more detail? Try these sites out first!
Wikipedia - Aloe Vera
26 Wonderful Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice
14 Really Important Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice
WebMD - Aloe
4 Benefits of Aloe Vera For Hair
12 Side Effects of Aloe Vera Juice You Should Be Aware Of
Mayo Clinic - Aloe Vera Safety
But until next time,
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