How to Use Aloe Vera for Health & to Lose Weight [5 Ways]
If you like to cook or have active kids in your home, there’s a good chance you have an aloe vera plant on your kitchen window sill. When you get a grease burn or a slight summer sunburn on your shoulders, you crack open a leaf, spread the gel on your skin, and you’re good to go!
We all know that the aloe plant is the best home remedy for burns. But this natural succulent offers a host of other benefits as well, including weight loss!
Here’s how to use aloe vera for your health and to help you lose weight.
Aloe Vera Improves the Skin
Some reasons that aloe helps soothe burns are:
- It’s anti-inflammatory
- It slows the growth of bacteria
- It promotes circulation
All these help the skin to heal. But aloe also stimulates collagen production, which strengthens the skin and increases elasticity and hydration. With increased collagen production, you can slow down the visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines.
Instead of reaching for those aloe vera leaves on the rare occasion when you burn yourself, it’s time to start using them regularly.
The aloe vera plant has antibacterial properties and astringent properties, making it great for the skin. Rubbing some aloe gel on your face also helps to unclog pores, which can prevent acne breakouts.
Aloe Vera is Good for Your Gums
It may seem a little strange to rub aloe vera gel on your gums, but it’s actually an effective way to reduce dental plaque and ease sores inside the mouth.
You can use pure aloe vera juice as a substitute for mouthwash. Swish it around inside your mouth, and you can eliminate plaque from around your teeth and gum line.
If you feel a painful canker sore or mouth ulcer, break open an aloe leaf and rub the gel right onto the sore. Because it has antibacterial properties, it can help speed up the healing process and prevent mouth sores from worsening.
It’s also an effective natural remedy for abscesses in the gums. It can help to fight off the abscess infection, which can also help relieve pain.
Aloe vera can also kill certain bacteria that grow rapidly in the mouth, such as Streptococcus Mutans, leading to cavities and tooth decay.
Natural aloe gel from a fresh plant is safe to use inside the mouth. If you use an aloe vera product, be sure that it’s safe to ingest, as some are for topical use only.
Use Aloe Vera as a Laxative
Every plant has multiple parts, and the aloe plant is no exception. Every aloe leaf has an outer skin, a clear gel that you can apply directly to the skin, and a layer of latex, which is the inner lining of the leaf.
And while that latex layer is usually disregarded, it can actually help to relieve constipation.
The way to use aloe as a laxative is to drink it in juice form or extract form. As a juice, consume between 100-200 milligrams per day. As an extract, limit your intake to 50 milligrams per day.
Just be sure to use this laxative method sparingly. Overuse can lead to dehydration, which can bring on a whole host of other issues.
Aloe Vera Can Prevent Hair Loss
The next time you buy your favorite hair product, check the ingredients — it just might contain aloe vera.
Aloe vera exists in a variety of hair products because it is rich in vitamins and minerals. It soothes, smooths, and moisturizes the hair, just as it does the skin. And, just as it helps the skin heal and repair itself faster, it can do the same for your hair.
Aloe vera is a natural way to stimulate hair growth. Not only can it improve the look of healthy hair, but it can help hair regrow where it’s thinning.
If you have areas of hair loss or slow hair growth, rub some aloe vera gel directly into your scalp in that area. Its enzymes and healing properties can boost hair follicles, stimulating new and healthy hair growth.
Aloe Vera Can Help You Lose Weight
Aloe vera has wide use as a topical treatment. Yet when ingested in the proper form, it can also help you lose weight.
Aloe vera helps to boost your metabolism. It supports blood sugar control by preventing sugar spikes and crashes. You should never ingest aloe vera skin gels or products made with aloe, but it is safe to make use of the natural plant.
If you want to try aloe vera for weight loss, there are three ways to do so.
The easiest way is to drink it. You can mix aloe vera gel into fruit smoothies, add it to spring water, or opt for bottled aloe vera juices.
Another way is to peel the plant and add the aloe vera skin directly into salads or mix it with vegetables and greens in a stir fry. When cooking with aloe, clean the outside of each leaf thoroughly and remove the entire latex layer from inside.
The third way to use aloe for weight loss is to add an aloe supplement to your diet. There are various herbal aloe supplements that you can buy to enhance your diet without eating or drinking it.
The aloe vera plant is excellent for healing and soothing first to second-degree burns on the skin. But it has a variety of other benefits as well.
You can use aloe vera to:
- Improve the quality and texture of your skin
- Remove dental plaque and heal sores inside the mouth
- Relieve constipation and soften stools
- Stimulate hair growth, smooth, and hydrate your hair
- Boost metabolism and help you lose weight
Aloe vera has a rich history of medicinal use, and everyone should have at least one healthy aloe plant growing in their home.
Put one on your window sill in the kitchen, water it as required, and watch it thrive. At the very least, you’ll have an instant remedy if you ever splash yourself with bacon grease or hot water.
Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at Dixon Place with five years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making Dixon Place the place to call home.