8 Aloe Vera Home Remedies (Kumari) + How To Prepare Fresh Aloe Gel

8 Benefits And Uses Of Aloe Vera (Kumari) + How To Prepare Fresh Aloe Gel

Aloe Vera is a widely used herb in Ayurveda. The sanskrit name for Aloe is ‘Kumari’ meaning young girl. 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 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 diseases 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.

4. Constipation

Aloe Vera and rock salt is good for preventing constipation.

5. Wound Healing

External Application of Aloe Vera pulp has wound healing properties. It’s especially useful when applied to 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.

Cool Down Summer Drink with Aloe Vera

Ingredients
2 Tbsp fresh Aloe Vera gel*
1 cucumber, chopped
1 tsp honey
Directions
Blend smooth the chopped cucumber and the aloe gel in a blender. After blending, add the honey and serve immediately. This drink has a cooling and soothing effect on the body.

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.

REFERENCES
1 “Aloe Vera Benefits Diabetics: Study.” Newsmax. Newsmax Media, Inc, 01 July 2016. Web. 23 June 2017.
2 Yoga Ratnakara, Ayurvedic Formulary of India.

Arya Krishna is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, educator, and speaker. She completed her Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She is registered as an Ayurveda doctor (Reg No: 14664) under the Indian Medical Council. She received a Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from Apollo group of Institutions, Hyderabad. An editor with the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal, she previously served as the associate editor of the American Ayurvedic Journal of Health. Before moving to the US in 2015, she was Resident Medical Officer (Ayurveda) in AyurVAID hospital, Bangalore and has knowledge and experience in precision and evidence-based Ayurveda. She was an Ayurveda Domain expert with Health Connect 24 – a unique platform to bring together Ayurveda, Yoga and swadeshi. She is efficient in performing all Panchakarma procedures (purification therapies) and has knowledge of Marma Therapy. Other areas of expertise include Ayurveda diet and lifestyle, women’s health, and rasayana (rejuvenation). She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals. She is a resource person for the Council of Ayurveda Research (CAR) and is an Ayurvedic blogger with Mother Earth Living. Currently, she is residing in Danville, Pennsylvania and is listed as a BAMS doctor with AAPNA (Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America). She is an Ayurveda Consultant and Educational coordinator with Be Mind Body Skin, New Jersey and Subject Matter Expert at At Home with Ayurveda, UK.

3 comments

  1. Dr.Arya Krishna, There are many Varieties of AloeVera in India. A layman just can’t make Juice and Drink. External application of Gel is different. It has to be cleaned Three times. There is method for it. Within One hr gel had be Refrigerated in a temp and used. Making Liquid and drinking needs to be Heated at 50 Degree temperature. Aloe Vera grown in Open land should not be used as it absorbs Bactria’s Quickly. it cannot be used neither for wound or internally. 90% of Aloe Juices sold in Kindly let us have your Opinion. Since u are an Ayurdeic Doctor- i am asking u one more Question- how long one can should take this Liquid?.

    • There are more than 400 species of Aloe, but the most popular and widely used species is Aloe barbadensis Miller (also called Aloe vera Linne, commonly referred to Aloe vera). The Aloe vera whole leaf extract, as well as the two primary components (the gel and the latex or exudates) of the leaf, have been used for various reasons in traditional medicine. Generally, the gel is used topically to soothe wounds, burns, and skin irritations, and the latex is recognized to possess cathartic effects. Recently, Aloe vera whole leaf extract showed clear evidence of carcinogenic activity in rats, and was classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a possible human carcinogen. You can read more on the clinical adverse effects of Aloe here – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6349368/

      The article here is mainly aimed at the US population who generally grow an aloe plant inside home.
      Aloe vera gel is extracted from its leaves and appropriate processing techniques are needed for stabilization as well as preparation of the end products. The industries involved in processing of aloe vera need Government surveillance to ensure that the aloe vera products have beneficial bio-active chemicals as per claims of the manufacturers. Regulatory bodies also need to look into the safety and toxicological aspects of aloe vera products for food applications. The claims made for medicinal value of aloe products should be supported by authentic and approved clinical trial data. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3551117/

      Side effects
      Topical: It may cause redness, burning, stinging sensation and rarely generalized dermatitis in sensitive individuals. Allergic reactions are mostly due to anthraquinones, such as aloin and barbaloin. It is best to apply it to a small area first to test for possible allergic reaction.

      Oral: Abdominal cramps, diarrhea, red urine, hepatitis, dependency or worsening of constipation. Prolonged use has been reported to increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Laxative effect may cause electrolyte imbalances (low potassium levels).

      Contraindication: Contraindicated in cases of known allergy to plants in the Liliaceae family.

      Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Oral aloe is not recommended during pregnancy due to theoretical stimulation of uterine contractions, and in breastfeeding mothers, it may sometime causes gastrointestinal distress in the nursing infant.

      Interactions: Application of aloe to skin may increase the absorption of steroid creams such as hydrocortisone. It reduces the effectiveness and may increases the adverse effects of digoxin and digitoxin, due to its potassium lowering effect. Combined use of Aloe vera and furosemide may increase the risk of potassium depletion. It decreases the blood sugar levels and thus may interact with oral hypoglycemic drugs and insulin.

      Thus, though Aloe vera has wide spectrum of the properties and uses, some of them could be myths and some of them could be real magic. In future, controlled studies are required to prove the effectiveness of Aloe vera under various conditions.

      Hope this helped.

  2. Ayurveda is Life and one of God’s many gifts to humanity

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