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10 uses of aloe vera gel for better health and beauty

In addition to having soothing and rejuvenating effect on your skin, aloe vera gel also benefits your health in a number of ways.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Updated : March 19, 2015 10:33 AM IST

Aloe vera is the most powerful medicinal herb because of its many uses and healthful effects. In addition to having soothing and rejuvenating effect on your skin, aloe vera gel also benefits your health in a number of ways.

1. Relieves cough and cold

Aloe vera gel is a safe and effective remedy for providing quick relief to cough and cold. It is a potent antibacterial and antiviral agent that prevents the growth of microorganisms causing cough and cold. Here are some more natural home remedies for cold and cough.

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How to use:

  • Cut open a leaf and scoop out the jelly-like substance from it.
  • On slow heat, heat the gel on a pan for 2-3 minutes
  • Consume it to get rid of cough and cold

2. Removes acne scars

Aloe vera gel is a fantastic remedy to get rid of acne scars. It regenerates damaged tissues and decreases swelling on the affected area. Regular usage of aloe vera gel also helps prevent breakouts, resulting in smoother skin.

How to use:

  • Take an aloe vera leaf, peel the outer covering and extract the gel from inside
  • Apply the gel on the scars and leave it for 30 minutes, and wash it off with cold water
  • Apply the gel two times a day for best results

3. Relieves constipation

Aloe vera is a laxative and thus, extremely beneficial in relieving constipation. It increases the ability of your gut to absorb nutrients and digest food properly.

How to use:

  • Scoop out the gel from an aloe vera leaf
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with 1 tablespoon of apple cider juice
  • Consume this for at least 3 consecutive days to relieve constipation

4. Prevents wrinkles

Aloe vera can protect you from wrinkles and other signs of aging. It contains polysaccharides that stimulate the regeneration of skin cells. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that prevent the skin from the damage of the ultraviolet rays. Also read 10 tips to prevent wrinkles and other signs of ageing.

How to use:

  • Cut open an aloe vera leaf and extract the gel
  • Add 1 tablespoon of cucumber juice to it and mix well
  • Add 3 drops of rose water to the mixture
  • Apply it to your face and leave the mixture for 15 minutes
  • Apply this once every day to reduce the signs of aging

5. Reduces dandruff

Aloe vera has antiviral and antifungal properties that can kill the microorganisms and prevent the hair follicles from clogging that can cause dandruff. Regular application of the gel can help you get rid of the itching and irritation associated with dandruff. Here are some herbal remedies to cure dandruff.

How to use:

  • Extract aloe vera gel from aloe vera plant and apply it on your scalp
  • Leave it for 30 minutes and later wash your hair with a mild shampoo
  • For best results, apply it directly on your scalp without oiling your hair

6. Lightens stretch marks

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that can limit the growth of stretch marks. It has the ability to heal the small tears in the skin layers and is therefore, the perfect solution to help regain the lost elasticity caused due to stretching.

How to use:

  • Cut a leaf from the aloe plant, peel out the outermost skin and squeeze out the gel
  • Massage it well over the affected skin, you could also combine aloe vera gel with vitamin E oil and use
  • Apply this daily and you will find that stretch marks gradually fade

7. Soothes skin rashes and itchy skin

Aloe vera gel contains vitamin E which helps heal the skin. It is a good moisturiser and has natural soothing qualities which can soothe the area and reduce inflammation caused by itching. Also read 6 home remedies for itchy skin.

How to use:

  • With the help of a knife, scrape out the inner jelly of the aloe vera leaf
  • Apply the gel on the affected area and leave it for a few minutes
  • Applying this gel can give you instant relief from itching

8. Soothes sunburn

Aloe vera gel is an easy and popular sunburn treatment. It is antibacterial and has soothing properties which work very well for healing sunburns.

How to use:

  • Refrigerate aloe vera leaf for a night and peel it open to extract the gel
  • Apply it directly on your sunburn and leave it for 10-15 minutes
  • Use this gel twice a day to quickly get rid of the sunburn
  • If you have normal skin type, you can mix the gel with 1 tablespoon of gram flour. For oily skin, you can add few drops of honey and for sensitive skin, combine the gel with a few drops of cucumber juice

Note: Aloe vera is suitable for all skin types.

9. Prevents vaginal infections

Aloe vera contains antifungal properties that are beneficial for reducing the symptoms of vaginal infections. Aloe vera gel can soothe dry and inflamed skin around the vaginal area. The gel can also help reduce itching and burning associated with vaginal infection.

How to use:

  • Extract the aloe vera gel from the aloe vera leaf or use 100% aloe vera gel found in drug stores
  • With the help of cotton, apply aloe vera gel directly on the outside of the vagina
  • Leave it for 10 minutes and then wash it off with cold water

10. Heals burns

The gel of aloe vera leaf has cooling properties that help soothe burnt skin. The gel increases blood flow in the vessels, closer to the skin s surface, helping the damaged skin repair itself.

How to use:

  • Break aloe vera leaf and squeeze the gel out of it
  • Gently rub the gel in the burnt area in circular motion
  • Rub aloe vera gel twice a day for 2-3 days until there is relief in pain

Where to find aloe vera

Aloe vera plant can be grown at home and the gel can be easily extracted out of the aloe vera leaf. You can even purchase aloe vera gel from drugstores and health food stores.

Warning

Avoid consumption of the gel if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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