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.

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