Did you get burnt this weekend at the beach? Are you just feeling flat out dry from the heat of the summer? Do you just need a remedy for life in general? Don’t we all.
When it comes to natural remedies, there’s one and only one reigning champ — Aloe Vera. In case you didn’t know, Aloe is one boss ass b*tch who can do no wrong in our book. From helping us de-stress to relieving painful period cramps to freshening up our breath, Aloe Vera does it all… and then some.
While the benefits of Aloe Vera are endless, we have quite a few that are our absolute favorite — these are our top ten to help you beat the heat this summer with aloe vera:
PROMOTES HAIR GROWTH
Looking to lengthen those locks of yours? Look no further than Aloe Vera! Filled with natural vitamins and enzymes, it’s guilty of promoting healthy hair in the best way.
WORKS WONDERS FOR YOUR SKIN
When it comes to all of your skin care needs, Aloe Vera has got you covered. Not only does it soothe sunburn, but it can also brighten, hydrate, and moisturize your skin.
Did you know that aloe works to decrease dark spots and pigmentation? Or, what about that the fact that thanks to the Vitamins C and E in it, it can also improve your skin’s firmness?! And that isn’t all — Aloe Vera also penetrates skin almost four times faster than water, making it the model moisturizer. Impressive, much?
AIDS IN WEIGHT LOSS
If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, ditch the diet pills because that’s not the way to go; but Aloe Vera might just be. Aloe has been known to be an easy and natural weight loss solution, as it reduces weight by stabilizing the metabolic rate, reducing lipid levels and helping burn fat.
RELIEVES MENSTRUAL CRAMPS
Ladies, when it’s that time of the month, give Aloe Vera a try because it’s a life saver. Aloe Vera juice helps to rejuvenate the uterus, so if you’re dealing with painful menstrual cramps, pour some up and drink it down.
CONTROLS BAD BREATH
If you need a little freshening up, put down the mints, and pick up some Aloe Vera. According to herbalist Letha Haddy, Aloe Vera contains an anti-inflammatory compound called B-sitosterol that soothes acid indigestion, which is a common cause of bad breath. Her suggestion? Drink up to 1/4 cup of pure Aloe Vera gel dissolved in a 1/2 cup of water or apple juice, and you’ll be good to go.
BOOSTS VITAMIN & MINERAL INTAKE
To keep healthy, we should all be taking our daily dose of vitamins, and Aloe Vera is a one-stop shop. Packed with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid, and rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium and potassium, Aloe Vera has got it all going on, and then some.
LOWERS CHOLESTEROL & BLOOD SUGAR
Believe it or not, there’s some evidence that suggests Aloe Vera has a positive effect on blood sugar levels, which means it can even be useful for treating diabetes and obesity.
SUPPORTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Packed with immune-boosting polysaccharides, Aloe Vera can help the immune system behave properly. Not only can drinking Aloe Vera juice on the regular replenish the amino acid deficiency in your body, but its high vitamin content also boosts up your body’s immune system and self-defense mechanism. Win-win.
INCREASES ABILITY TO COPE WITH STRESS
An adaptogen is something that boosts the body’s natural ability to adapt to changes and resist illness. The good news? Aloe Vera is known for being an adaptogen; This means that aloe can offer you an increased ability to cope with physical, emotional, and environmental stress an adaptogen.
HELPS WITH DIGESTION, DIABETES & CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
For anyone suffering from gastrointestinal disorders like indigestion, heartburn, stomach ulcers, hemorrhoids, congestion, urinary infections, colitis, prostate problems, rheumatism pain or arthritis, Aloe Vera juice is recommended to be taken orally, as its healing and soothing properties can help ease the pain.
When consumed regularly, aloe vera helps to regulate blood sugar levels, which makes it the perfect remedy for those with diabetes.
Aloe Vera also contains nutrients that regulate blood pressure, and improve blood circulation. Yup, it’s good for the heart and soul.
What’s your favorite way to put Aloe Vera to work? Let us know in the comments!
(References: Natural News, Skinny With Fiber, Happy and Raw)