A succulent to keeps you rejuvenated

Known for its soothing, magical effect on skin, this thorny succulent growing wild in your kitchen garden has many a health benefits.

For instance, when your thirst gets the better of you in the sweltering months of the year, you could skip your carbonated drinks and even coconut water for a sip of aloe vera juice to induce a cooling effect.

Metrolife spoke to beauty and diet experts in the city to figure out why and how this juicy plant is such a treasure.

In beauty expert Puja Taluja’s view, “Poor digestion is related to many diseases.

A properly functioning digestive tract is one of the keys and foundations of good health.

Aloe vera is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract and help improve digestion.

It’s been a great remedy for people with problems such as irritable bowel syndrome as well as acid reflux.

Aloe also helps to decrease the amount of unfriendly bacteria in our gut keeping our healthy intestinal flora in balance. Besides, it is also a vermifuge, which means it helps to rid the body of intestinal worms.”

Rich in antioxidants, this immunity enhancing succulent can be used in other
ways as well, says nutritionist Preeti Grover, “It can be used in making tea. Its juice helps to detoxify the body and improves daily bowel movement.” Going a step
further, she suggests a summer beverage made out of aloe vera to keep one fit and sprightly.

"Blend apple and cucumber, add some lemon juice. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and scoop out two tablespoon of the pulp and add it to the mixture. Your summer beverage is ready," exclaims Preeti.

Divita Kanoria, chief wellness officer for The Vedic Collection, elaborates on
aloe vera’s skin-related benefits.

She says, “It is a wonder herb to treat itching and rashes caused by the excessive dry heat of the summer months. It is good to use over insect bites as well. Aloe vera gel is good for all skin types and especially for preventing wrinkles.

People with sensitive skin can use it safely as it is very soothing and hasanti-inflammatory properties which helps in treating blemishes, acne etc.”

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