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?