Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Immortal Plant: Aloe Vera

As I have mentioned in my blog post before, I had burn because of applying calamansi in my skin. So to cut my expense, I came up to the idea of healing myself the natural way. I resort to try aloe vera because I have observed in some skin UV protection product that there’s always aloe vera extract mentioned. So I dig in more to the details before I applied the aloe vera gel on my skin.

Aloe vera is a short-stemmed plant about 1-2 feet tall that is known as a “plant of immortality” because of its miraculous properties. It’s a plant that stores water in its leaves in a form of gooey translucent gel. It’s also from a family of cactus!
aloe vera

This plant is rich in Vitamin C, E and polyphenols.

Because it is rich in Vitamin C & E, aloe vera can reverse signs of aging, wrinkles and stretch marks. It can also be replaced instead of using creams and lotions as a general moisturizer for dry skin especially that this plant is fast absorbing. According to the study, topical application of the gel increases collagen production and improve skin elasticity for a 45-year old women. No wonder that most of the beauty and skin products we have today have aloe vera in it.

The thickest part (bottom) of the leaves is the most essential. However, if you want to drink aloe vera, have a bowl of water and soak it for minutes to remove the yellow (sap) fluid because that taste bitter. Check it out below.

Another trivia, keratin is a primary protein of hair that contains amino acids, carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, sulfur and nitrogen. In line with this, aloe vera has similar properties like that of keratin. Therefore, using aloe vera to the hair rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients. It can help to remove dandruff. It also speeds up the hair growth by topically applying it into the scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. For hair care, you may apply aloe vera and coconut oil together for strong, smooth and bouncy hair.
the gel

Meanwhile, polyphenols is a powerful antioxidant that can also be found in the aloe vera gel. It can inhibit growth of certain bacteria which is why it’s a good antiseptic. For people with acne, wounds, diaper rash, scabies, and warts, aloe vera can be applied topically.

It is also recommended by dermatologists to remove tan, treat sunburn, burning mouth, frostbite, because it contains cooling properties similar to menthol.

Truly this plant has unbelievable healing properties! It does help me to ease the inflammation pain I had in my underarm.

Planting aloe vera is easy plus it can be easily grown in a tropical country just like Philippines! Have this low-maintenance plant in your yard.

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