Aloe Vera is commonly known for its bitter taste and is used in a variety of ways to promote a healthy body especially the skin. Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It is difficult to extract enough oil from aloe vera so the oil is added to carrier oil like almond or grapeseed oil; in other words, the aloe vera plant material is macerated in carrier oil. However, aloe vera oil has many medicinal benefits.
Aloe Vera by itself contains vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and vitamin B12, vitamin C and vitamin E, Folic acid and Niacin. Minerals found in aloe vera include copper, iron, sodium, calcium, zinc, potassium, chromium, magnesium and manganese; its oil has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloe Vera oil is used in lip balms; creams, lotions, body butters, hair oil treatments and other skin care formulations.
- Aloe Vera oil is popularly used in many cosmetic products to lower the harmful effects of the sun. It is used in moisturizing creams and lotions.
- Aloe Vera oil is helpful in curing constipation and softens stool. It also boosts your appetite and improves digestive health.
- Aloe Vera oil can also be used to cure eczema, acne, psoriasis, and skin ulcers. It helps to maintain a healthy skin.
- Reverse signs of aging skin and wrinkles.
- In aromatherapy, aloe Vera oil is often mixed with other carrier and essential oils to make the best of its healing and rejuvenating properties. Its astringent properties as well as the presence of vitamin E, vitamin C and zinc stimulate the epidermal growth and the skin repair process.
- Aloe Vera oil not only acts as a conditioner for the hair but also strengthens the hair and cells of the scalp. Regular use also reduces hair fall and stimulates hair growth.