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Health in your Kitchen – Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has many benefits for the skin, hair and health. No wonder it is so popular with the beauty industry. Learn about its medicinal benefits too. #firsttimemommy #beautycare #homeremedy #kitchenremedy #aloevera

Aloe vera and its benefits

We have all heard about the magical plant, Aloe Vera. Its prickly leaves which hold translucent gel is popular all over the world as it has many healing properties. I came to know about aloe vera a couple of decades ago. I had very long hair, that would touch my waist, and I was fiercely proud and protective of my crowning glory. That said, I tried any remedy under the sun to keep them long, silky smooth and voluminous. So, I applied eggs (though I didn’t eat them), curd, fuller’s earth, henna, and what not. And when someone said apply aloe vera gel, I thought why not!

So, I cut the aloe vera plant at home. And every Sunday, I cut one long succulent leaf into pieces, add some thick curd and blend it. This mixture I applied on my hair and kept it for 30 mins. Post shampoo, my hair felt smooth, no need of a conditioner. However, the plant fiber does get stuck to the hair, but only till your hair is wet.

Now, aloe vera has many benefits apart from treating your tresses, let’s see them:

Benefits for skin:
  • Reduces wrinkles and improves the elasticity of the skin.
  • Moisturizes the skin.
  • Reduces acne and lightens blemishes.
  • Reduces stretch marks.
  • Soothes sunburns and reduces tan.
  • Heals cuts, wounds, burns and bruises.

No wonder, aloe vera is so popular with the cosmetic industry.

Benefits for hair:
  • Promotes hair growth.
  • Reduces dandruff.
  • Conditions hair.
Benefits for health:

Aloe vera is not only used topically, but is very popular as a medicinal drink too.

  • Prevents or slows down inflammation.
  • Helps in detoxification.
  • Helps in digestion.
  • Boosts immunity.
How to use Aloe Vera?

I have tasted aloe vera and I didn’t quite like the taste. I know many people who drink Aloe Vera juice or munch on the leaves to help them with weight loss, but seriously, I cannot ingest it.  

I am more comfortable applying it on my face and hair.

I have some organic aloe vera gel, whenever I get bouts of acne, I massage my face with it. If I am not feeling particularly lazy, I add a few drops of Palmer’s essential oil to the gel and massage all over my face.

I make an easy 2-min scrub with coffee grounds, lemon juice and olive oil. It is a refreshing scrub, my face looks cleaner and texture smoother. Post scrub, I use aloe gel after scrubbing my face.

How do you include aloe vera in your day to day life?

Aloe vera has many benefits for the skin, hair and health. No wonder it is so popular with the beauty industry. Learn about its medicinal benefits too. #firsttimemommy #beautycare #homeremedy #kitchenremedy #aloevera

Aloe vera plant

Aloe vera has many benefits for the skin, hair and health. No wonder it is so popular with the beauty industry. Learn about its medicinal benefits too. #firsttimemommy #beautycare #homeremedy #kitchenremedy #aloevera

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4 Comments

  1. Anagha Yatin

    Aloe Vera is a gem! On same page with you about its taste, Anshu. However, whether one takes it orally or applies it externally, Aloe Vera offers unique benefits.

    • mammaspeaks

      Thanks Anagha for reading this. Glad to know I am not the only person who has misgivings about its taste. And yes, it has so many benefits.

  2. I am a firm believer of Ayurveda and natural remedies and they are all around us, aloe vera is one such wonder plant with many medicinal properties. Yes, sometimes we don’t like the tasteless things on our tastebuds… irony of the tongue but a good post.
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    • mammaspeaks

      Thank you Pragun. Glad to have found a kindred soul who believes in Ayurveda and natural remedies. They have been for thousands of years and are still going strong.

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