35 Wonderful Benefits Of Aloe Vera Juice

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The scientific epithet Vera means true or genuine. This makes aloe vera the most genuine and versatile panacea to all your health woes. You must have seen an aloe vera plant in a kitchen garden and must have wondered how this ornamental plant can help to improve your health. Well, that is nature’s most jealously guarded secret!

Many of us must have also used facial creams and shampoos enriched with Aloe juice.The sap derived from the stems of this succulent plant is used to make the aloe vera juice. With so many benefits to offer, no wonder why Aloe Vera was considered the plant of “immortality” by the Egyptians. Aloe vera has been used since time immemorial for its soothing and curing properties.

But do you know why this short cacti plant is known as the ‘miracle plant’? To know the miraculous properties of aloe vera juice, you have to know how to make aloe vera juice at home. Always use organic aloe vera juice to reap maximum benefits.

Aloe vera is succulent plant species that has thick fleshy stems with spiny leaves. The fleshy stem contains the aloe juice which is being used for various purposes since the beginning of the first century as an excellent home remedy. The juice and the gel are used in numerous medicinal, cosmetic and health treatments.

How To Make Aloe Vera Juice:

  1. Cut and open a few stems of the plant from the middle section. Choose the outer stems as they are the most mature of all and have the highest concentration of antioxidants.
  2. The liquid which oozes out is the fresh aloe gel.
  3. Squeeze out the entire gel from the stem and store in a bowl.
  4. Put the gel in a blender and add 1 cup of water.
  5. Blend them to get pure Aloe Vera juice. Use the extracted juice within 3-4 days; otherwise the juice will lose the antioxidants.

Rich Source Of Vitamins And Minerals:

Both the aloe juice and gel are powerhouses of antioxidants, antibiotics, work as stimulator of cell growth and have scar and pain inhibitor properties. They are rich in the following vitamins and minerals:

  1. Calcium
  2. Sodium
  3. Iron
  4. Potassium
  5. Manganese
  6. Zinc
  7. Folic acid
  8. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E
  9. Amino acids

Aloe vera is the most bioactive of all aloe species. There are more than 75 active constituents in the plant, this includes, polysaccharides like acemannan, anthraquinoes like barbaloin, enzymes, lignin, saponins and salicylic acids.
Aloe vera gel can be used for its laxative properties. Sometimes the aloe vera gel and the entire leaf are used to treat ulcerative colitis, metastatic cancer, infectious disease and chemotherapy treatment.

Aloe Vera Juice Benefits:

Aloe Vera produces two substances called gel and latex. Aloe gel is the clear jelly like substance that is found inside the plant. This aloe juice comprises of the pulp extracted from the fleshy plant stems. Aloe juice can be applied on the skin and hair or consumed to get relief from irritable bowel syndrome, inflammation, osteoarthritis and stomach ulcers. It is also a general health tonic that you can consume every morning to reap all its benefits.

Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Health:

1. Digestive Cure:

Aloe Vera is very useful for curing bowel problems due to its high anti-inflammatory properties.Aloe vera also helps in the growth of good bacteria in the gut, this keeps all digestive disorders at bay.

2. Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment:

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune disease which affects the entire body. The immune system attacks the body tissues, especially, the membranes lining the joint. There is inflammation and stiffness.There is fluid buildup in the joints that makes the matter worse.Since, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease; the patients generally have conventional drugs like painkillers, non-steroidal drugs and corticosteroids. These medicines have a harsh impact on health.

Whereas, having aloe juice for two weeks can help reduce inflammation in the body like rheumatism, inflammation of ears and eyes and arthritis.Aloe juice contains anti-inflammatory compounds like plant sterols that help to reduce the pain and stiffness to a great extent. The plant sterols function like the steroid painkillers, without causing any harm to body.

3. For Muscle and Joint Pains:

Applying the gel externally can ease muscle and joint pains.  But do not forget to use freshly prepared gel.

4. For Heart Reflux:

Having severe digestive problems? Drink Aloe Vera juice as it reduces symptoms of heart reflux and stabilizes the alkaline levels of the body. It has soothing effect on the stomach walls and reduces heart burn and discomfort.Due to its laxative properties; it also treats constipation.

5. Reduces Cholesterol level:

Aloe is great for maintaining the cholesterol level by reducing triglycerides. Include fresh Aloe juice in your daily diet to maintain your cholesterol level and increase the level of good cholesterol.By reducing cholesterol you are protecting your heart from damage.

6. Healthy Weight Loss:

You must have taken slimming tablets or tried all the exercises and diets to lose weight. However, you didn’t get the desired results. Do you want to lose weight naturally? Aloe vera juice is the easy and natural weight loss solution. It reduces weight by stabilizing the metabolic rate, reducing lipid levels and helping burn fat.

7.For Dental or Oral Hygiene:

Studies have shown that regular consumption of aloe juice improves oral health and hygiene. It reduces gingivitis and plaque formation. It provides a relief for cold sores and mouth ulcers.
Washing the mouth with aloe juice improves the oral hygiene. A study from the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology reveals that the local application of aloe vera juice improves the periodontal health post dental procedures like root canal and scaling. Another study from the Journal of Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine shows that aloe juice helps to reduce oral lichen planus, a common dental problem.

8. Fights Diabetes:

Aloe Vera is good for diabetes patients because it helps to regulate the blood sugar levels when consumed regularly. However, consult your doctor before you start consuming the aloe juice.You need to have the dose prescribed by doctor so that it doesn’t interfere with the medicines you are having to curb blood sugar.

9. Helps to Detox:

Mix 2 teaspoons of fresh Aloe Vera juice with 1 glass of water and drink it everyday early in the morning. This will help detoxify and cleanse your system. Aloe juice helps to treat ulcers and detoxify the digestive system.

10. Maintains Gum Health:

Applying fresh aloe gel directly to the gums reduces the pain and inflammation. Since, oral hygiene affects overall health, it is important to curb gum bleeding and inflammation. If gum bleeding is due to bacterial infection, aloe juice helps to fight infections and makes your mouth clean and fresh. No doubt, so many toothpaste and mouthwashes are made of aloe vera extracts!

11. Reduces Eye Irritation:

Create your own natural eye wash with Aloe Vera gel. Mix 2 teaspoons of aloe gel in a cup of water. You can also add a teaspoon of boric acid. Use this eye wash to reduce the reddening and irritation in the eyes.

12. Relieves Sinus and Chest Congestion:

Suffering from constant sinus problems? Now ditch your medicines and try the natural option. Aloe Vera is rich in magnesium lactate that works as an antihistamine which helps in reducing the problem of sinus and chest inflammation due to various allergies.

13. Anti-Carcinogenic:

The regular intake of the aloe juice helps to fight cancer. It contains high level of anti-carcinogenic properties that hinder the growth of tumours.

14. Builds Immunity:

Drinking aloe juice regularly replenishes the amino acid deficiency in your body. The high vitamin content in it boosts up your body’s immune system and self-defense mechanism.

15. Fights Common Cold and Cough:

Those who suffer regularly from cold, coughs, flu, stuffy nose, bronchitis and other respiratory disorders, Aloe Vera juice is the best natural solution.The Vitamin C content of aloe vera juice ensures protection from common colds that occur with environmental changes.

Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Skin:

Aloe Vera is suitable for all skin types including highly sensitive skin. You must have seen and used various skin care products which contain the Aloe gel. It is the most common remedy for all skin problems.

16. Fights Signs of Ageing:

The anti-ageing property of Aloe keeps the skin supple and rejuvenated and also lightens blemishes.

17. Removes Dead Cells and Stretch Marks:

Aloe Vera moisturizes the skin and helps to removedead cells, wrinkles and fine lines. Aloe juice also helps to remove stretch marks.

18. A Soothing Aftershave:

Men can use Aloe Vera gel as an after shave. It reduces the irritation and inflammation of the skin and heals the cuts due to shaving.

19. Removes Acne and Acne Marks:

Suffering from acne for a long time? Then make Aloe Vera your friend as it is the best natural remedy for curing acne and pimples and also its scars. It has antimicrobial property that helps kill the bacteria causing acne and reduces the acne marks by lightening the skin.

20. Prevents Sun Tan and Soothes Skin:

All of us apply numerous sun blocks and creams to prevent harmful sun rays from damaging our skin. But the rays sometimes penetrate through them. Aloe Vera gel is highly beneficial for treating sun burns. It is an excellent cooling agent. Apply fresh gel on your skin everyday to get immediate results. It reduces the pain and the redness of the skin and forms a protective layer which reduces further damage.

21. Heals Wound:

It heals cuts and wounds, dermatitis and also insect bites when applied externally.

22. For All Seasons:

Aloe gel is hydrating and moisturizes the skin well. So it can be used in all weathers to prevent dry and patchy skin.

Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Hair:

Excessive exposure to dust, sun and pollution makes your hair extremely dry, brittle and damaged. It strips your hair of all its natural oils and moisture causing split ends and dandruff. Aloe Vera is useful for all hair types, especially for dry and damaged hair. Regular use of Aloe Vera in your hair packs; make your tresses smooth, soft and damage-free. Following are some of the benefits of aloe vera for your hair.

23. Promotes Hair Growth:

Aloe Vera is rich in proteolitic enzymes which help to remove the dead skin which clogs the pores of the scalp, which hinders the growth of new hair follicles. Accumulation of excessive sebum on the scalp can lead to hair problems like partial baldness. So the Aloe gel removes the sebum making the scalp squeaky clean and promoting hair growth.

24. Maintains the pH Balance:

Aloe Vera has alkaline properties which help to maintain the pH level of the scalp and hair. This keeps the hair moisturizedand allows hair growth.

25. Reduces Dandruff:

Aloe Vera is widely used for curing dandruff since the ancient times. Due to its property of enzymatic breakdown of skin cells and anti- fungal properties, it helps to reduce dandruff from the scalp. It also heals scalp diseases like psoriasis and seborrhea.

26. Hair Conditioning:

You can add 2 teaspoons of fresh Aloe gel into your favourite conditioner and use it daily. This would enhance the moisturizing properties of your conditioner as it deeply hydrates your hairshafts giving you soft and smooth hair. You can also make these following hair packs for hair conditioning at home.

Face Packs Using Ale Vera Juice/Gel:

27. Aloe clay pack:

  • In the Multanmite (Fuller’s Earth) paste, add ½ teaspoon of Aloe gel.
  • Then add a few drops of rose water and honey and mix well to get a smooth paste.
  • Apply on the face and keep for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

28. Aloe fruit pack:

  • Blend a few pieces of your favourite fruits like papaya, banana, apple, orange etc.
  • Into this add a teaspoon of the aloe gel and mix well.
  • You can also add a teaspoon of almond oil or wheat germ oil if you have dry skin.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse with cool water.

29. For dry skin and sensitive skin:

  • In 2 teaspoons of aloe gel, add a teaspoon of rose water and almond oil.
  • Then add fresh cucumber paste and mix well to form a smooth consistency.
  • Apply and keep for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water.

This face mask also acts as an excellent scrub. It hydrates and smoothens oily skin, removing the dead cells, oil and excess sebum.

  • In a mixing bowl, add 2 teaspoons of oatmeal and cucumber paste.
  • Into this, add 1 teaspoon of aloe juice and mix well to from a smooth paste.
  • Gently scrub in circular motions.
  • Now lie down for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

30. Green tea mask:

This face mask is especially beneficial for women with pre-mature ageing. Green tea and Aloe are rich in antioxidants that help to fight free radicals and reduce signs of ageing.

  • Mash ¼th avocado pulp and cucumber puree in a bowl.
  • Into this add a teaspoon of the Aloe gel and green tea water.
  • Mix well to form a paste and apply on the skin. Keep on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

31. Moisturizing mask:

Shea butter has excellent hydrating and moisturizing properties. It is an essential ingredient in various creams and lip balms.

  • In one teaspoon of aloe gel, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and Shea butter.
  • Mix and mash all the ingredients, for a nice smooth paste.
  • Apply and leave the mask on for 20 minutes and wash with cool water.
  • This face pack is ideal for dry and sensitive skin people.
  • In 2 teaspoons of besan (gram flour), add curd and one teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel.
  • Mix well to from a smooth hair pack and apply on hair.
  • Rinse off after 30 minutes with a mild shampoo.

Hair Packs Using Ale Vera Juice/Gel:

32. Cleansing pack:

  • In 2 teaspoons of besan (gram flour), add curd and one teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel.
  • Mix well to from a smooth hair pack and apply on hair.
  • Rinse off after 30 minutes with a mild shampoo.

33. For soft hair:

  • In 3 teaspoon of Aloe gel, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and coconut oil.
  • Massage onto the scalp and keep for 20 minutes.
  • Wash off your hair with a shampoo.
  • In a blender, add the Aloe gel and a handful of hibiscus leaves. You can also add the flowers for better results.
  • You will get a smooth green paste. Apply this on the root and hair strands and leave it for 30 minutes.
  • Wash with shampoo. You may also have to shampoo your hair twice to remove this hair pack.

34. Hibiscus pack:

You can also apply fresh Aloe gel directly on the scalp and wash off after 20 minutes with mild shampoo. It work wonders for your hair giving you soft, smooth and healthy hair.

Side Effects Of Aloe Vera Juice:

You should not consume more than 4 ounces of aloe vera juice. Excess intake of aloe vera can cause nausea and liver inflammation.

  • Always check the labels before purchasing aloe vera juice, see the percentage of aloe vera in it. This will prevent you from consuming unhealthy fillers.
  • Sometimes, aloe vera interferes with some prescription or over the counter drugs. For instance, it may increase the blood sugar lowering effects of some drugs but it can cause loss in potassium if taken with water pills and diuretics.
  • If you have any discomfort after consuming aloe vera juice report to the doctor. Some people may face allergic reactions to aloe vera.
  • Generally, aloe latex is known for its laxative properties, but consuming one gram of latex everyday can cause diarrhea, kidney problems and stomach cramps. So you need to ask the doctor how much aloe latex is suitable for consumption.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding avoid drinking aloe vera juice, since it may cause birth defects. Also never give aloe juice to children below 12 years, since it can cause stomach pain and diarrhea.
  • Sometimes, aloe vera can react with diabetes drugs. So you can ask your doctor whether it is safe to have aloe juice. If you are consuming aloe juice keep a close watch on your blood sugar levels.
  • If you suffer from intestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis don’t have aloe latex or any product made from whole aloe leaf. Since aloe latex is a bowel irritant.
  • If you suffer from hemorrhoids stay away aloe juice as it may worsen the condition.
  • Always have the correct doses of aloe vera otherwise it can cause severe kidney problems.
  • Aloe vera can interfere with the blood sugar levels during or after surgery. So stop taking aloe vera two weeks before a surgery. Also aloe vera might prevent the blood from clotting; this same function is done by Sevoflurane, the anesthesia used during surgery. So have aloe during surgery can cause excessive bleeding.
  • Never have aloe vera juice with Digoxin (Lanolin) since stimulant laxatives like aloe latex can decrease potassium levels and increase the side effects of Lanolin.
  • Aloe Vera can react with the oral medicines and reduce its efficiency.

Recommended Dose:

  • For solving constipation problems, you can consume 100-200 mg of aloe juice. Avoid the aloe latex if possible.
  • To treat psoriasis you can use 0.5% of the aloe vera gel based cream thrice a day.

This dose is fixed by scientific research, to know how much is suitable for you consult your doctor or follow the instructions on the label.

If you are already discouraged after reading the side effects of aloe vera juice. Remember, the popular saying, too much of everything is not good. Yes, you must have little bit of aloe vera juice, having lots of juice will not give you any extra benefits. If you have already tried drinking aloe juice before and got disgusted with the taste, let me tell you that sometimes you need to ignore what your taste buds demand and drink it for your health’s sake. You can also use aloe juice to get enviable skin and hair. So make aloe juice your daily companion and say hello to good health.

Hope after reading this post, you now knows the reasons why Aloe Vera is known as the “miracle plant”. Include this in your daily skin and hair care routine and see the difference yourself.

Till then take care and keep it stylish!

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