Health Benefits of Aloe Vera and Uses
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera and Uses

Does Aloe Vera need an introduction? Certainly not. Aloe Vera is well-known among people for its soothing property. But this plant has much more to it than topical use. This ancient plant was used even in times of Cleopatra for its wonderful healing properties. What is more interesting about the plant is that this plant can be easily grown and cultivated. Like any other succulent plants, it doesn’t require special maintenance. As there are many benefits that we get out of this plant, it is better to grow an Aloe Vera plant at our home.

That said, let us see some of the health benefits of Aloe Vera.

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Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is full of Nutrients. Let us take a look at the good stuff inside this plant.

  • Aloe vera is loaded with necessary Vitamins – Vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12.
  • It also has many minerals that are essential for our body  such as – Calcium, Sodium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, and Copper.
  • It contains organic compounds called anthraquinones, Polysaccharides, and fatty acids that provide many health benefits.

Because of the above nutrients present in Aloe Vera, they are used for the following purposes.

Aids Digestion

As Aloe Vera is full of antioxidants, it strengthens the immune system. Also, the polysaccharides present in Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory qualities. As Aloe Vera soothes the mucosal tissues in the gut, it eases irritation in the digestive track and thus, is used as an additive in the treatment of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) and for people who are under chemotherapy/radiation therapy.

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Strengthens Immunity

The antioxidants present in Aloe Vera helps in getting rid of the free radicals in the body.

This helps the immune system in a positive way. Also, the detoxifying property of Aloe Vera helps in fighting infection and illness.

Keeps Cholesterol in Check

It has been found that 10 to 20ml of Aloe Vera, when taken daily helps in reducing the high Cholesterol levels.

Acts as a Pain Relief

The anti-inflammatory property of Aloe Vera is helpful in the treatment of muscle aches. It can be used both topically and can be taken orally.

Lowers Blood Glucose Levels

Research has found that Aloe Vera has the property of reducing blood sugar levels. It also helps to heal ulcers and wounds in people with diabetes.

Skin Care

Research shows that Aloe Vera Gel is effective in the faster healing of burns. It also has a cool and soothing effect.

How to Use Aloe Vera

We need not take Aloe Vera in large quantities. When taken in Juice form, 40 ml – 50 ml is enough per day. Any excess amount of Aloe Vera juice will be expelled from our body with the urine.

There are remarkable Aloe Vera products in the market in the form of Gels and juices. They are stabilized and we can use it anytime we want. But if you have your own Aloe Vera plant at home, then it is much better because you tend to get fresh Aloe Vera which is much more effective than the ones available as products at the stores. Here are some points to remember while using fresh Aloe Vera leaves.

  • Aloe Vera plant must be at least 4-5 years aged so that they are mature enough to be used. If they are young and tender, it doesn’t provide the benefits that we seek.
  • The outer leaf / outer peel must be removed with the help of a knife and only the inner gel must be consumed.
  • Consuming the gel immediately is important as it oxidizes and loses its nutrition.
  • If there is a leftover gel, then it needs to be stored in the refrigerator.

Aloe Vera, because of its miracle property is often referred to, as ‘Miracle Plant’. But this ‘Miracle Plant’ is easy to grow and is full of surprises. Start using Aloe Vera and reap the benefits. Take caution not to use the outer part of the leaf.

Health Benefits of Aloe Vera and Uses
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera and Uses

33 Comments on Health Benefits of Aloe Vera and Uses

  1. Hi,
    Very useful article.
    I have aloe vera plant in my home garden and yes, it is very good for skin.

    Great work

  2. I did not realize that Aloe Vera had so many health benefits. I definitely will try and incorporate more aloe into my diet!

  3. This is great news for me, this is the first time I’ve heard of some of the benefits of it. ! We have aloe vera planted here.

  4. Aloe Vera as you rightly mentioned is a magical plant. Have been using it for sun burns.. and my skin is super sensitive, so have been using it after waxing and threading.. thanks for sharing all the other amazing benefits of aloe vera

  5. I used to have a lot of Aloe Vera when I was with my ex. Mostly we used it for burns and other such things. But I didn’t know it was good for digestion. I will have to see about getting another Aloe Vera plant. It was so easy to grow.

  6. I didn’t know that aloe vera had so many amazing benefits! I love hearing all this! Thank you for the advice 🙂

  7. I vouch by these amazing properties Aloe Vera has. Once my dad had burnt his hand and he consistently used aloe gel for around 2 months and his skin restored to the same before.

  8. I love Aloe Vera plants. I have been putting this on my skin my entire like.
    I had some “Radiation Treatment” treatment” a few years back and I rubbed the Aloe Vera plant on the area as I had burns, and it really helped the healing process.

  9. I put aloe vera in my hair every weekend, since I don’t have much time to leave it before taking a shower, and it really helps my hair look healthy and grow faster.

  10. Yes! I’ve been preaching aloe vera for years, now. Peppermint, Tumeric, garlic, aloe, lavendar, rose… they’re all so great for you!

  11. I started using Aloe Vera last year and I must confess that it is very useful. I am happy I have learnt more uses of it from your post.

  12. I knew that aloe vera was good for you but I had no idea JT was a super plant which makes sense now after reading about all of its properties

  13. I use aloe all the time! I love aloe water it is so good on warm days. During the winter I haven’t had much of it. Only warm drinks!

  14. I got to know of aloe vera from my grandma who usually used it for her skin since it could sooth pain and also soften it. As well, she’d drink aloe drinks that she prepared for detox. Aloe vera is such medicinal herb from exprerience.

  15. One of my grandmas had an aloe vera plant in her garden and I remember being a merry kid, always with bruised knees. My grandma used to call the aloe vera the magic plant and I were so fascinating when she will cure my wounds so fast.

  16. Always used aloe vera for sunburns but I honestly didn’t know it had this many uses! Might try it as a medicine next time. Great article by the way!

  17. I have been wanting to plant the aloe vera, but also been wondering if I can really avail of its benefits! Your post answered my questions, Maneka! Pinned it too!

    Thank you so much!

  18. I’ve been thinking of getting an aloe vera plant at home and was thinking if it was worthy enough. You have answered all my questions here.

    Thank you!

  19. I use aloe vera all of the time for sunburn. There’s nothing better than putting some aloe vera gel onto burnt skin, so soothing!

  20. I’ve always believed in the healing powers of aloe vera. Sadly, it’s hard to find pure aloe gel and impractical to grow an aloe plant since the amount I would need may kill the plant!

  21. I have never consumed Aloe Vera, but have used it a lot on my skin. Just few weeks back I bought aloe vera lotion which has 95 percent of aloe vera. I haven’t a digestible product yet, will look for it. It does sound like a miracle plant.

  22. What a useful article Maneka; I recently also read about how its used as an organic fabric softner in the washing machine. I had no clue about the leaves to be aged 4-5 years for maximum benefit use! Thats an interesting tip!

  23. This is great! I have 4 Aloe Vera plants and I only use it for my hair. Now that I know there are other and better health benefits, I will start using it to help me with keep my blood sugar levels down. Thank you so much for the information.

  24. I honestly did not know much about Aloe Vera and all of its benefits. I’m looking more into a holistic lifestyle and this is something I should be incorporating. Thanks for all the great info!

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