12 Wonderful Uses of Aloe Vera and its Side Effects

Aloe Vera is a very popular plant In Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and other parts of the world. It is very common to see people rubbing the gel on their skin or even consuming it for its numerous health benefits. Aloe Vera gel should be used as a home remedy. However, if it is to be used as a treatment for a disease, it is necessary to consult a Doctor or a Nurse before using it. Aloe Vera is a powerful medicinal plant and has been used to treat so many conditions in Africa for many generations. Below are some of the many uses of aloe Vera.

EXTERNAL USES

1 Minor burns

The application of freshly extracted Aloe gel help in the healing of minor burns that are gotten from hot oil, hot water, hot iron and other hot instruments. it also aids in the healing of other minor scratches on the body that are not gotten through burns.

2 Healing of sun burns

Light skinned people who suffer from sunburns can apply freshly extracted Aloe gel to relieve themselves from the discomforts associated with sun burn. Aloe Vera gel products are also available in stores, and super markets for this same purpose.

3 Soothes Insect bites

Applying Aloe Vera to insect bites will help in relieving your skin from the itches associated with the bite. It is very common to see farmers applying Aloe Vera on their skin after returning home from the farm in Cameroon.

4 Some minor rashes

The anti-bacterial and anti- fungal and anti-viral properties of Aloe Vera makes it a suitable home remedy for minor rashes and eczema. This is achieved by applying Aloe Vera gel on the affected area until it disappears.

5 Pimples and Acne

Apply Aloe Vera gel on the affected part of the skin. Some people wash of the gel after allowing it to sit for some minutes while others prefer to apply the gel on their face overnight and wash it off first thing in the morning.

6 Beautiful Hair

Apply Aloe Vera gel to your hair, allow it to set for about 30 minutes and rinse it off with water. This conditions the hair, makes it soft and gets rid of dandruff.

7 Beauty Treatment

Many skin care products have Aloe Vera as an ingredient. Applying the gel to the face aids in smoothening the skin and slowing down the formation of wrinkles. It also decreases dark spots on the skin as well.

INTERNAL USES

8 Helps in relieving Indigestion

This is achieved by sipping Aloe Vera juice.

9 Helps in constipation

Aloe Vera is used for constipation because of its laxative properties.

10 Diabetes

Natural healers in Cameroon have been using Vera Juice for generations to stabilize blood sugar. In the past when they didn’t have the necessary technology to diagnose diabetes, they will make their clients urinate on the ground and if “sugar ants” were found at the spot after some minutes, it indicated that the person had diabetes. The natural healers then placed their clients on plants like Aloe Vera and Bitter leaf to normalize the client’s blood sugar .However, more research is needed to establish this.

11 Immune System Benefits

Aloe Vera contains anti- bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that will help our immune system to fight some seasonal infections like cough and some seasonal allergies.

12 Oral hygiene

Pure Aloe Vera gel can help in eliminating bacteria that causes plaque. This is achieved by using fresh Aloe Vera gel as a mouth wash. Aloe Vera gel also speeds up the healing of mouth sores when used as a mouth wash.

Side Effects of Consuming Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Gel contains a substance called anthraquinone which is a laxative and therefore, it can cause diarrhea. It can also interfere with some medications. It is important to consult with your doctor, nurse or nutritionist if you plan consume Aloe Vera for any health reasons.

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