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Akanksha Bhatia

Lifestyle Writer

Every Indian household has that tiny potted plant in the balcony or in the lawn, which you occasionally water and care for. But, when you get a sunburn, hurt your finger or have a bad case of gastroenteritis, that tiny potted plant is exactly what you need to fall back on. It doesn't just help your skin, hair and immunity, but also your periods! From the gel, to the not-so-delicious juice, there is something good about every part of it. Still wondering what I'm talking about? It's the magical creation of aloe vera! There's a reason why the plant is considered to be an elixir of health and wellness for everyone; be it young, or old. There's nothing that just a little bit of aloe vera cannot fix. So, you can eat it, or apply it - however you like. But, never forget to turn to aloe vera - the agony aunt of the plant kingdom! So, here they are, the 15 benefits of aloe vera that you didn't know could impact your everyday life. This magic plant is all you need to legit fix every problem you have, pronto!

1. Improves Your Digestion 

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It normalizes your stomach and, because of its anti-inflammatory and laxative properties, aloe vera juice is a great way to maintain your pH balance. 

2. Boosts Your Immunity 

Aloe Vera has Bradykinase which stimulates the immune system and fights infections. Maybe a bit of aloe vera in your daily diet isn't such a bad idea. 

3. Great For Your Skin 

Aloe Vera gel, either packed or straight from the plant is a great moisturizer for your skin. Especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin, it can be used to exfoliate and restore skin, organic aloe vera-based products have a soothing effect on your skin. 

4. Aids In Weight Loss

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Britt Brandon, the author of The Everything Guide to Aloe Vera for Health, says, "Aloe vera can improve the effectiveness of your diet and maximize your weight-loss potential. With ample amounts of vitamins and minerals that contribute to weight-loss, as well as amino acids, enzymes and sterols, aloe vera ensures that your diet is not only supportive of weight-loss, but also improves the body's absorption and utilization, improving overall health as well as weight-loss success." So there you have it, early morning aloe vera juice to the rescue. 

5. Strengthens Hair

Aloe Vera helps get rid of the dead cells from your scalp and promotes growth, so despite the fact that the gel on your head might stink for a while, let's concentrate on the sexy hair flip you'll be flaunting the next day. 

6. Reduces Pain 

Aloe vera juice contains alicylic acid, which is similar to aspirin when it comes to pain relief, hence it is highly recommended to people who are suffering from arthritis, piles and other painful diseases. 

7. Helps In Healing 

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Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, aloe vera is effective in treating small cuts, bruises and insect bites. 

8. Eases Your Period Cycle

Aloe vera helps fix an irregular cycle. If had regularly, it will fix your cycle and also promote fertility in women. 

9. Soothes The Stomach

Because it is cooling and soothing, aloe vera helps tackle chest pain, heartburn and acid reflux situations.  

10. Reduces Sugar Levels 

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Often used as a supplement for people suffering from diabetes, aloe vera helps reduce blood sugar levels and cholesterol. 

11. Purifies Blood

Aloe vera is detoxifying and hence promotes the growth of new blood cells, purifying your blood in the process. Which also makes aloe vera juice good for people with anemia.  

12. Anti-Ageing 

It removes dead cells, which helps the skin retain its elasticity. This makes aloe vera effective in getting rid of stretch marks and wrinkles. 

13. Reduces Acne, Removes Spots

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Aloe vera has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties because of the presence of gibberellins and auxins, which help get rid of acne. It also promotes the growth of new skin cells, which speeds up the healing process and prevents scarring. 

14. Fixes Your Scalp 

Most of the commercial shampoos actually have aloe vera, so why not turn the tables and apply it without the added chemicals. It reduces dandruff and has a cooling effect on your itchy scalp. 

15. Gummy Goodness

Due to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, brushing your teeth with aloe vera once in a while is a brilliant idea. It will help fight cavities, and promote healthier gums. 

16. Anti-Inflammatory

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Since aloe vera is high in antioxidants, its consumption is anti-inflammatory and basically great for your body in general. 

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Published on Feb 08, 2018
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