The name Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis miller) is derived from the Arabic word “Alloeh” which means “shining bitter substance” while “vera” in Latin translates to “true.” This shrubby plant is primarily found in the dry quarters of Africa, Asia, Europe, and America. In India, it is found in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. Benefits of Aloe Vera – This plant is saturated with Vitamins, Enzymes, Minerals, etc. The Greek scientists considered Aloe vera as the universal cure. The Egyptians regarded Aloe as “the plant of immortality.” Today, the Aloe vera plant is widely used in the field of dermatology.
Teeth and Gum
According to various studies, Aloe Vera gel in teeth is as effective in fighting cavities as a toothpaste. The Aloe latex contains anthraquinone, a compound that actively cures and reduces pain through natural healing effects. Aloe Vera is also an alternative to chemical-based mouthwash. Aloe Vera which contains a healthy dose of vitamin C can prevent plaque and provides relief in case of bleeding or swollen gums.
Improves skin and prevents wrinkles
Some studies show that Aloe Vera helps the skin preserve moisture and improves its integrity that benefits it in dry conditions. Aloe Vera improves the skin elasticity by boosting its collagen production. It is for this reason that Ayurveda regards aloe vera as a miracle herb that can be used to treat injuries, minor cuts, dry skin, and severe burns. Aloe Vera is also rich in vitamin C, E, and beta carotene that gives it its nourishing and anti-aging qualities. Aloe vera moisturizes the skin without making it oily. Hence it is beneficial for those who have oily skins.
Aloe Vera is also known to be highly efficient in reducing one’s weight. Containing extensive amounts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, sterols, etc, Aloe Vera also increases the body’s digestion, utilization, and improves its overall health.
Reduces Hair Fall
According to Ayurveda, Aloe Vera is highly effective when it comes to preventing hair fall and rejuvenating its growth. It contains proteolytic enzymes that rejuvenate the dead skin cells of the scalp. Aloe Vera has a chemical makeup that is similar to Keratin, the natural protein of the hair. It helps prevent hair damage and renders more elasticity.
Lowers Blood Sugar levels
Aloe Vera is also believed by many to be an effective remedy for diabetes. It enhances insulin responsiveness and helps improve blood sugar management. A few studies have infact shown that Aloe Vera could have gains for those who are suffering from type 2 diabetes or prediabetes due to its effects on glycemic control. However, sufficient research data is not present for this and hence the scientists do not suggest aloe vera for this purpose.