Aloe vera plant is native to dry areas like the Arabian Peninsula, India, and Africa, and it belongs to the group of succulent plants. It is a traditional herbal medicine, which has been used in various cultures, since thousands of years. It is used to treat a number of ailments and health conditions. The aloe vera oil has equally beneficial medicinal properties. It is obtained by maceration of the thick, waxy aloe vera leaves. The infusion of this extract with base oils such as soybean, almond, or apricot oil helps you get aloe vera oil extract. This oil is used in the production of a number of cosmetics like body lotions, shampoos, face wash, hair gels, etc.
Improved Digestive Health
Not only the aloe vera juice, but also the oil obtained from the plant can be used internally. The oil is used to treat constipation. It is a natural stool softener. The oil improves your appetite significantly. Thus, the oil helps improve your digestive health, and thereby your overall health.
Strong Immune System
The oil helps stabilize the blood glucose levels, and hence is used to treat diabetes. It is also used to treat various other ailments like epilepsy, asthma, and osteoarthritis. It strengthens your immune system, and thus protects you from various infections, diseases, and disorders. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties of the oil have made it popular all over the world.
The oil or the extract can be used to treat acne. Topical application or internal use of the oil helps soften your skin. It protects your skin from infections and promotes fast healing of wounds. It is used to treat psoriasis, eczema, acne, and skin ulcers. It can also be applied on surgical wounds. It is used to treat seborrheic dermatitis and genital herpes in men.
The oil can prevent hair loss and help strengthen your hair. Therefore, your hair becomes thick and strong. The oil contains all the ingredients that are essential for cleaning and conditioning of hair. It retains moisture in the hair, thereby preventing the problem of dry hair. It enhances blood circulation and promotes healthy scalp. It can be used in combination with jojoba oil, for more benefits.
Prevention of Cancer
The oil triggers cell regeneration. The nutritional elements present in the oil (vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, and polysaccharides) help enhance the process of epidermal growth, and thus promote cell repair. More research is required to prove the use of aloe vera oil for cancer treatment. The oil has strong antioxidant properties, which protects the skin from harmful radiation. Therefore, it is believed that the oil promotes fast recovery from the side effects of chemotherapy. Also, studies have shown that it reduces the chances of tumor growth by curbing the growth of abnormal (tumor causing) cells.
When used for body massage, the oil offers several benefits. It offers glowing and smooth skin. It prevents shingles, herpes, etc., by killing the viruses.
Always remember to perform a skin patch test to check for any allergic reaction like, stinging sensation or rash, before using the oil for the first time. Consult a physician for exact dosage of the oil. Taking into consideration, your age, overall health, and the purpose of taking the oil, the physician can guide you about the dosage, so as to avoid any side effects.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.