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There are various benefits of aloe vera for he alth and beauty. No wonder this plant, also known as aloe vera, has long been used to treat various he alth problems, from skin diseases to constipation
One of the most popular benefits of aloe vera lately is moisturizing the skin. The proof, many beauty products that use aloe vera as a natural ingredient to treat dry skin. In addition, there are many benefits of aloe vera for he alth that are a pity to miss.
Various Benefits of Aloe Vera
Here are the benefits of aloe vera or aloe vera for your he alth:
1. Overcoming dry skin
Applying aloe vera to the skin can help treat dry skin. This is because aloe vera contains minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E which are good for strengthening the skin's protective layer so that it can make the skin more moist.
2. Remove acne
Research shows that applying aloe vera gel in the morning and evening, along with prescribed anti-acne medications can reduce acne by about 35 percent.
The benefits of aloe vera to treat acne may be obtained thanks to the content of salicylic acid and other antiseptic compounds in it which can help kill acne-causing bacteria.
3. Remove make-up
For those of you who have sensitive skin, aloe vera can be used as an alternative to clean makeup without irritation. With its gel-like texture, aloe vera can dissolve makeup while moisturizing the skin.
4. Overcoming puffy eyes
Although it needs to be researched more, applying aloe vera to the under-eye area is believed to help treat puffy eyes. This is thought to be because aloe vera has the ability to increase blood flow, so that it can expedite the movement of accumulated fluids.
5. Speed up wound healing
Many studies have shown that applying aloe vera gel or cream to the skin can speed up the healing process of minor burns (1st and 2nd degree). In fact, a study found that aloe vera was more effective than ointments commonly prescribed for minor burns.
6. Relieves chronic itching and rash
Some chronic diseases caused by inflammation can cause itching in the skin and mouth. This of course can interfere with eating, drinking, and general well-being.
According to research, using a mouthwash containing aloe vera gel 3 times a day for 3 months can help reduce itching and rashes in the mouth. The same benefits can also be obtained if aloe vera gel is applied 2 times a day for 2 months on the skin.
7. Help recovery cold sore
Several studies have shown that creams with aloe vera extract can speed up the healing process of cold sores or wounds caused by the herpes simplex virus. Apart from being moisturizing, this benefit can be obtained because aloe vera has antiviral properties so that it can help fight the herpes virus.
8. Overcoming psoriasis
The use of creams containing aloe vera is also said to reduce skin plaques that arise due to psoriasis.In fact, aloe vera cream is thought to be more effective than the triamcinolone commonly prescribed for psoriasis. Even so, further research still needs to be done.
9. Lowering blood sugar levels
Aloe vera has the potential to be a diabetes drug because a study shows that daily consumption of aloe vera extract can help lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
However, its use must be careful because if taken together with diabetes drugs, blood glucose can drop in high amounts so that it can actually endanger he alth.
10. Launching defecation
The benefits of aloe vera have long been known to many people. The latex in aloe vera gel is known to be a laxative. However, its use must be done with caution because it can also cause side effects such as diarrhea.
Beware of Aloe Vera Side Effects
Although it brings many benefits, there are side effects that can arise from using aloe vera. On the skin, for example, allergic reactions are possible when aloe vera is applied. This allergic reaction is usually experienced by people who are also allergic to garlic, onions, and tulips.
Consuming high amounts of aloe vera latex also has the potential to cause stomach pain and cramps. In fact, in the long term it can cause diarrhea, weight loss, kidney problems, muscle weakness, blood containing urine, to heart problems.
Therefore, do not carelessly consume aloe vera gel or latex products. You are advised to read the information on the packaging to avoid side effects.
Groups of people who should not consume aloe vera gel or latex include:
- Pregnant women, because it increases the risk of miscarriage and fetal defects
- Children under 12 years, because of the risk of causing stomach pain, cramps, or diarrhea
- Patients who will undergo surgery within the next 2 weeks, because of the risk of disturbing blood sugar levels during and after surgery
- Sufferers of hemorrhoids, kidney failure, or inflammation of the intestines, because it can make these conditions worse
Aloe vera can bring many benefits for he alth and beauty. For external use, aloe vera is generally safe. However, stay aware of the risk of allergies and make sure the products you use have received BPOM approval.
You also have to be careful if you want to use aloe vera as an alternative treatment or additional treatment in addition to the doctor's medication. If you have certain medical conditions, please consult your doctor before using any product or herbal medicine containing aloe vera.