I have always found the aloe vera plant to be highly underrated. Everyone can and should have it in their homes. This humble cactus can be grown anywhere, and has strong survival instincts too. You can grow it in a garden, in a pot, on the terrace or any open area. In Sanskrit, it is known as ‘Kumari’, meaning a young virgin girl, and I think it’s apt because it imparts a youthful energy and boosts femininity.
It is in my eyes one of the most valuable plants that nature has gifted us with and should be used wisely as it gradually rejuvenates the entire human system.It is a good liver tonic and its regular use cleanses the system and helps regulate sugar and fat metabolism. It is useful for the treatment of obesity as well as jaundice. It is also excellent for internal healing and cleansing.
In this article, I am about to tell you the magical properties of aloe vera and how it can help your skin and hair. Here’s how you can include it into your life regularly –
1. Hair Rejuvenator
Experiencing hair loss, especially in this Monsoon season? Well, aloe vera gel is an excellent hair rejuvenator and tonic. Take a leaf, cut it lengthwise into half and scoop out the clear gel from the inside. Blend this with 1egg and 2-3tsp olive oil, and massage into the scalp and hair. Cover with a hot towel for 10 minutes and shampoo after 40 minutes. If done twice a week, you will notice that your hair fall has reduced and your hair has started to look healthier and conditioned.
2. Nourishing Hair Mask
Aloe vera makes a wonderful hair nourishing food. You can add 2tsp of the gel to the following – 1 mashed avocado, 1 egg, 2tsp honey and 1tsp triphala. Mix all these ingredients well and use all over your scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for a minimum of one hour. This will soften and nourish the most damaged and driest of hair and promote a healthier hair growth.
3. Blemish Repair
If your skin is looking dull and discoloured, aloe vera is an excellent ingredient to reduce blemishes. Take 1tsp of aloe vera gel and mix it with 2tsp mashed papaya and 1tsp full fat cream milk. Massage this daily into the skin for about 10minutes and let the skin drink its goodness. You will notice that your skin tone will start to even out and the skin will look brighter.