Aloe Vera widely used in healthcare, cosmetics and other applications

In addition to beautifying homes by adding a touch of greenery, aloe vera has a number of health and other benefits. Aloe vera is an easy to grow plant which can flourish in Indonesia throughout the year. Research has indicated that aloe vera has more than 150 ingredients including minerals, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins as a result of which the plant is widely used for a wide variety of products ranging from pharma products to dishwashing liquid. The aloe vera plant may be used directly for cosmetic and health applications at home, using its leaves or processed products derived from aloe vera may be used by those who do not have access to the aloe vera plant. In this article, the benefits of aloe vera are described.

Using aloe vera for the skin
Since aloe vera contains 99 percent water it is widely used as a moisturizer to keep the skin soft and smooth, making the skin look younger. It also makes the skin more elastic. Hence aloe vera is widely used in a large number of cosmetic applications like soap, shampoo, cleanser, moisturizers. Most of the creams, toners, face washes and face care products are containing aloe vera extract, gel. Some dishwashing liquid also contain aloe vera so that the skin of the hand remains soft and smooth while removing the stains from the utensils

Keeping hair healthy
Studies indicate that aloe vera has ingredients which destroy harmful bacteria and other microbes, prevent infection of the scalp and prevent hair loss. The minerals and vitamins in aloe vera are keeping the hair thick, lustrous and healthy. So most of the popular shampoo brands in the market are using aloe vera as an ingredient, due to its conditioning properties. Additionally aloe vera gel and leaves can be directly applied to the hair, by those who have access to a aloe vera plant.

Treating injuries
Families which have an aloe vera plant growing in their home can use it for first aid in case of injuries, sunburn and other skin problems. The in aloe vera help prevent infection of the damaged skin and tissues by bacteria, harmful microbes and also ensures that the injury will heal quickly, often without leaving visible scars. Aloe vera also has analgesic properties , and applying it to an injury will greatly reduce the pain experienced by the person. So the aloe vera plant is very useful for treating all kinds of skin problems ranging from insect bites to severe burns. Fresh aloe vera juice or gel derived from the aloe vera plant can be applied to any wound of a child, to reduce pain and make it heal quickly.

Improve immunity
Having high immunity greatly reduces the medical bills which a person may have to pay and improves productivity. Aloe vera contains a large number of ingredients like vitamins, anti oxidants which are greatly boosting the immunity of a person to viruses, bacteria, when consumed regularly. So to boost immunity, either a juice containing aloe vera should be consumed, or fresh aloe vera juice and gel can be made at home from the leaves of the aloe vera plant

As indicated above aloe vera has a large number of health and other benefits for the entire family, so it is highly recommended that an aloe vera plant is grown in the home, to have a quick and free supply of aloe vera leaves. The aloe vera plant is one of the easiest plants to grow at home, or in the garden, as it will grow quickly and fast if it is watered regularly and does not require much maintenance .

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