Aloe Vera is a widely used herb in Ayurveda. The Sanskrit name for aloe is ‘kumari’ meaning young girl. Let’s take a look at aloe vera benefits and aloe vera home remedies.
This name evolved from the fact that Aloe Vera is widely used in both menstrual problems and skin problems in young women. Also, the plant looks young even when it is old.
Aloe Vera Benefits
According to Ayurveda, Aloe Vera is bitter in taste. It balances all three doshas and is cold in potency.
This herb is widely used in the treatment of constipation, skin problems, bleeding disorders, wound healing and diseases due to Pitta aggravation.
Aloe vera has been clinically proven for its anti-diabetic properties.1 It is a good antioxidant and it maintains a healthy structure of the blood vessels, both of which are vital in diabetic care.
Aloe Vera Home Remedies
1. Hemorrhoid Soother
Regular intake of Aloe Vera in the form of juice or capsules has shown healing effects in hemorrhoids.2
2. Natural Blood Thinner
The blood thinning action of Aloe Vera makes it useful in cholesterol and heart disease prevention.
3. Stomach Health
Intake of 30-50 ml of Aloe Vera juice in single or divided doses daily is good for stomach health. It has antimicrobial activity.
Aloe Vera and rock salt are good for preventing constipation.
5. Wound Healing
External Application of Aloe Vera pulp has wound healing properties. It’s especially useful when applied for burning sensations.
6. Hair Health
Application of Aloe Vera pulp to the scalp reduces dandruff and nourishes the hair follicles.
7. Mouth Ulcers
Aloe Vera pulp and Turmeric can be applied to mouth ulcers to soothe and reduce inflammation.
8. Dry Mouth
Drink 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera juice daily to help relieve dry mouth.
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Cool Down Summer Drink with Aloe Vera
- 2 Tbsp fresh Aloe Vera gel*
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 1 tsp honey
How To Prepare Aloe Gel
*Wash an Aloe Vera leaf and pat dry with a cloth. Slit one of the edges with a pair of scissors and open up the outer layer. Scoop off the gel, discarding any greenish gel.
Please consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before using aloe vera.
- “Aloe Vera Benefits Diabetics: Study.” Newsmax. Newsmax Media, Inc, 01 July 2016. Web. 23 June 2017.
- Yoga Ratnakara, Ayurvedic Formulary of India.
- Surjushe, Amar, et al. “Aloe Vera: a Short Review.” Indian Journal of Dermatology, Medknow Publications, 2008, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/.