The Aloe vera plant is one of the most common plants in Africa. however, only few know the immense benefits of this cactus-like plant.
The bitter green plant contains various vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6 and B12– one of the few plants to possess this vitamin which is good for keeping the nerves and red blood cells healthy. Additionally, the minerals contained in the Aloe Vera plant include, calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese.
Aloe Vera is also high in fatty and Amino Acids. Amino acids are known as the building blocks of protein which helps build muscles, making it absolutely necessary for the human body. Despite a lot of nutritionists placing emphasis on the elimination of fats in order to remain healthy, fatty acids are essential to the body for a variety of reasons ranging from the formation of healthy cell membranes to regulation of blood pressure, liver function, immune and inflammatory responses. Aloe contains quite a number of these fatty acids including three plant sterols, linolenic, myristic, caprylic, oleic, among others.
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With this combination of nutrients, what effects can you expect from the Aloe Vera plant on your skin and hair?
The enzymes contained in the green plant helps combat the itchiness and flakiness that’s associated with dandruff. It soothes the scalp and encourages blood circulation to the scalp hence the production of hair oils that keep it free of dandruff.
If you have a problem with hair shedding or your hair breaking off faster than it’s growing then Aloe Vera might just be your answer. By improving blood circulation to the scalp, it promotes hair growth especially in areas with hair deficiency.
Aloe Vera is a great use for conditioning hair especially natural African hair which is tightly coiled and has its moisture trapped at the root. Aloe Vera’s high content of amino acids prove beneficial in promoting moisture and conditioning the hair.
The moisturizing properties of Aloe isn’t limited to the hair but useful on the skin as well.
How To Use The Plant
There are three major ways to use Aloe.
The plant can be applied directly to the hair. To apply directly, cut open an Aloe Vera leaf and rub on hair or scalp ensuring the gel is being applied thoroughly.
Another method involves the gel being scraped from the leaf and blended thoroughly before being applied.
Another common method involves eating the plant.
Side Note: While the gel is considered safe for consumption, the outer layer (green) and inner layer (yellow) are not safe.
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