Aloevera is a popular plant used for its medicinal properties. It is a plant that can provide solutions for many conditions. The thorny leaf of the plant contains a bitter gel that provides many benefits.
Benefits of Aloevera
- It improves digestive health by curing diseases such as – IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), gas, bloating, and preventing the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut.
- It promotes oral health by reducing plaque and lowering the risk of candida and gingivitis.
- It also helps in lowering blood sugar levels, which is extremely beneficial for people who suffering from Type-2 Diabetes.
Aloevera for Skin Health
While Aloevera may be consumed in the form of store-bought juice, capsules, or gel, the most important form of Aloevera is the direct application of its Gel from the leaves on the skin. One of the most well known uses of Aloevera is to treat skin problems such as – acne, dryness, burns and rashes.
Preparation of Aloevera Gel
- Cut the desired number of Aloevera leaves with a sharp knife to make a clean cut.
- Cut the leaves close to the stem as most beneficial nutrients are found close to the base.
- Wash and dry the leaves, trim the edges with a knife.
- Place the leaves in a glass to allow the resin to drain. The resin contains latex, which might irritate the skin.
- After 10 minutes, peel the leaves with a knife, vegetable peeler, or your fingers.
- Scoop out the gel with a spoon into a bowl. The Gel is ready to be used.
Tips for Preparing Aloevera Gel
- Do not cut a large number of leaves at once, as Aloevera is perishable and doing so may speed up the process.
- If the plant is young, cut only a leaf or two at most, as cutting any more than that could damage the plant.
- Because of its high perishability it might be risky to store Aloevera gel for long periods. You might want to add a natural preservative such as powdered Vitamin C to the gel to increase its shelf life.
- Mix the natural preservative and the gel in a blender to make Aloevera gel last for long.