Aloe vera topical juice
Aloe is hands-down nature’s best emollient. Being high in methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), it has the ability to heal sunburns and other burns quickly. It’s also loaded with enzymes, particularly bradykinase, which is an inflammation fighter and skin soother. There have been numerous reports showing the positive role aloe plays in healing psoriasis, dermatitis, and burn injuries.
Aloe vera makes the skin more elastic and smooth, and helps to maintain the skin’s microbiome (community of healthy bacteria) without destroying beneficial skin bacteria, unlike harsh soaps and petroleum-based moisturizers. Its power to enhance collagen and elastin, along with its ability to soothe, hydrate, and nourish, makes aloe vera the number one topical superfood for skin regeneration and repair.
Raw aloe gel is made up mostly of water and long-chain sugars (polysaccharides), and it contains numerous exotic nutrients including anthraquinones (laxatives), gibberellins (plant hormones that speed healing), salicylic acid (aspirin compound), anti-inflammatory sterols, and choline (protects the liver and brain), among many others. Raw aloe also contains minerals, like calcium and magnesium, as well as trace minerals, such as manganese, chromium, and copper, all of which promote radiant beauty. It is a fantastic source of zinc too, an element that keeps the immune system strong and is a key component for hormone receptors, which contribute to a balanced mood and appearance.
Did you know that aloe is just as nourishing to your hair and dry scalp as it is to your skin? Its moisturizing properties keep hair strong and healthy while its antibacterial and antifungal properties help to eliminate dandruff and the itching associated with it. Walking down cosmetics and skincare aisles, you may see aloe sap, aloe juice, or other aloe vera derivatives listed on shampoos, makeup, sunscreens, shaving creams, and moisturizers. Unfortunately, these may be chock-full of numerous chemicals of dubious safety. Instead of buying more aloe vera products, try filleting a real aloe leaf and applying the fresh aloe gel directly to your body and see how powerful it really is.
The miraculous effects of aloe vera aren’t just skin-deep. Consuming aloe vera gel heals the intestinal lining, boosts the immune system, enhances gut flora, and improves the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and deliver them to the skin, all of which are essential for beauty. Aloe vera is a demulcent, meaning it relieves irritation and inflammation, and in today’s world, it is critical to get these types of foods into our diet. A broken digestive system wreaks havoc on our health. Plus, the gel is anti-inflammatory and can help eliminate puffy eyes, bloating, and constipation.
Aloe vera is not a tonic and therefore should be used only occasionally, not every day, especially when using it internally. It has a very strong mechanism of action, so once or twice a week topically or internally is all you need. It is also very bitter, so I recommend mixing it with fruits or vegetables to mask the flavor.