We all know that Aloe Vera is great for sunburns. It’s soothing properties give us relief after we’ve spent too much time, or unprotected, in the sun. What we don’t know, is how much more Aloe Vera can help us with. Aloe Vera is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins; vitamin B12, B1, B2, B6, and vitamin A, E, C, niacin, and folic acid. Aloe Vera also has compounds such as mannans, polysaccharides, lectins, and anthraquinones that are extremely beneficial for human health. It has 18 amino acids that work in association with other compounds of the human body to deliver numerous health benefits.
But, what does that all mean?
Just like our bodies, our skin needs vitamins and nutrients to both protect our largest organ and keep it healthy. The concept “eating the rainbow” can literally be applied to skin, as well. Therefore, the more vitamins we can apply the more our skin operates as we actually need it to do, which is to protect our internal body.
Below is a list of uses for Aloe Vera that can assist with holistic solutions for health concerns:
Keeping Produce Fresh
Yes! A 2014 study by Cambridge University Press showed evidence that the coating Aloe Vera gel on vegetables successfully blocked the growth of many types of harmful bacteria on the vegetables. Similar results were found in a different study with apples. This means that aloe gel could help fruits and vegetables stay fresh, and eliminate the need for dangerous chemicals that extend the shelf life of produce.
An Alternative to Mouthwash
Researchers found aloe vera to be a safe and effective alternative to chemical-based mouthwashes. The plant’s natural ingredients, which include a healthy dose of vitamin C, can block plaque. It can also provide relief if you have bleeding or swollen gums.
Drink it for Alkalinity
A body with an acidic pH is a breeding ground for disease. It’s an atmosphere where illness thrives. Help keep your body balanced by eating and drinking alkaline foods and beverages such as aloe vera juice. According to USDA, aloe juice is a good source of energy, iron, sodium, and calcium. Drinking Aloe Vera also enhances skin health with its anti-inflammatory qualities.
Overall Skin Health
The important compounds in aloe vera have also been shown to neutralize the effects of existing UV damage and help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Aloe vera also stimulates cell regeneration, has astringent qualities, is an emollient, and has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral effects - all which help to keep bad bacteria off your skin. On top of that exhausted list, it moisturizes and softens your skin. We think using Aloe Vera in some way, every day is the best bet to healthy skin.
Hair and Scalp Care
Aloe vera has proven to be an option for promoting hair growth naturally. The hair products that contain it are essential to retain voluminous and healthy hair. You can apply its gel to the entire scalp and hair to treat hair loss as it has an enzyme that is beneficial for stimulating the scalp for hair growth. Aloe vera in your shampooing process which improves blood circulation and keeps you away from stress and mental strain. If you use it regularly as a shampoo and conditioner, you are sure to prevent premature hair loss.
Do we use Aloe Vera in our skincare? It’d be odd if we didn’t :) With all of the nutrients, vitamins and health benefits of this plant; we would crazy to not include it. All of Valor Skincare’s products contain and will contain (for products coming out soon) Aloe Vera. We believe in using healing plants that help all of us take care of our skin and our bodies.
We hope this article and list have been helpful!
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