Aloe Vera is a very popular plant not only today, but even from the earlier years. Today, it is an ingredient in many cosmetic items. Did you know that it can help you with your menopause too? Learn more about the goodness of using Aloe Vera for skin and body care, especially during menopause.
What is Aloe Vera?
In Sanskrit, Aloe is Kumari, which means a young girl or a virgin. The healing properties of Aloe Vera are literally based on its Sanskrit meaning that pertains to its ability to give women a healthier skin and hair, and calm menopausal symptoms; perhaps help reclaim youth.
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that gained positive reputations from its vast list of use: from a valuable plant used for cosmetics to its proven medicinal properties. From the beginning of the first century AD, Aloe Vera has been used as an herbal medicine in different parts of the world. Early literature says that even Cleopatra used it to have a soft skin. A lot of studies have proved that Aloe Vera contains effective compounds for fighting certain types of virus, reduces tumor growths, a potent source of anti-oxidant, vitamins, promotes healthy teeth and gums, and a lot more.
Recently, the use of Aloe Vera marked a trend in nutrition world as a healthy drink that would aid tons of people in gaining a better and a qualitative life. Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Mr. Barth Brai, and other nutritionists even recommended Aloe Vera-based drinks for refreshment and for health-optimization. One use of Aloe Vera that caught the fascination of women, especially those in later age, is its effect for the relief of menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats.
How Aloe Vera Works
A website that mainly gives out information about Aloe Vera has mentioned that it is known as the “burn plant”. Studies in the 80's have been done and it showed that burn patient recover a lot faster with the use of Aloe Vera. But what is so amazing about aloe? How does it work so well? It is said that when Aloe Vera is applied to the skin, it works deep into the root of the skin and not just superficial action. there is actually a better oxygenation and in the skin tissues because it helps in dilating the blood vessels in the area.
As a whole, when you use Aloe Vera for skin conditions, your skin will actually experience regeneration All the dead skin cells will be replaced with new one. Also, the plant is an excellent ingredient when it comes to keeping the skin properly moisturized. it also helps in protecting the skin from bacteria, fungi, and even viruses.
Aloe Vera For Menopause
How Aloe Vera helps women is not yet officially proven. But some studies show significant positive results of its effect to women in menopausal stage. One way of how Aloe Vera helps is through its cleansing property. As we age and consume different products, food, medications, and environmental toxins, a build-up of harmful substances is left in the body. And because our body cannot metabolize and excrete everything we ingest, this build-up also affects our hormonal balance. The cleansing property of Aloe Vera demolishes this build-up that would help the body absorb the nutrients and remedies better and more effectively.
Another study on how Aloe Vera helps menopausal women is due to its phytoestrogen compound. This is a property found in plants that imitates the estrogen hormones in women. And we know that as women approach the menopausal stage, the levels of estrogen hormones drastically drops that results to several symptoms women experience such as hot flash and night sweat. A study published in “Archives of Pharmacal Research” in 2008 states that aloe extracts activate the estrogen receptors and therefore producing the hormones that menopausal women need in able to minimize the symptoms.
Home Aloe Remedy
Consumption of Aloe extract varies depending on its concentration and patient’s case. One recommended way of taking Aloe Vera for health optimization is taking one Aloe plant and getting its gel part. This is the part of the plant inside its leaves that has a gel-like consistency.
- Take one part of the gel part then mix it with one part of water and one-fifth of salt. Boil the concoction while also adding a bit of sugar to taste. It is recommended to take a spoon-full daily.
The effect of Aloe Vera could not be seen overnight. Aloe Vera as an alternative cure is a chronic treatment. Which means the result of Aloe as a home remedy for symptoms of menopause is usually felt after a long time of consumption.
Aloe Vera for Skin and Body Needs
As mentioned earlier, Aloe extract is an efficient cleanser of the body as it contains immense amount of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It regulates digestion by eliminating nasty wastes in the gut. It also gives a cooling sensation that reduces inflammation and heat, which is a great help in menopausal women. It is also a natural remedy dries acne and rosacea faster.
Immune System Booster
The soothing action of Aloe extract greatly helps for the reduction of inflammation. Aloe’s immune-boosting polysaccharides help the immune system by reducing inflammation in certain cases like asthma, Crohn’s disease and eczema that might also disrupt the immune system. It also reorders the immune system to avoid the episodes of certain diseases.
Lowers Blood Cholesterol and Glucose
Several studies show that Aloe extract effectively lowers LDL or bad cholesterol in blood and glucose or sugar in the body. That is why some experts recommend the use of Aloe to help obese patients lose weight and lower the levels of blood sugar of those who are suffering from diabetes.
For Better Digestion
Aside from Aloe’s soothing effect in painful consequences of bowel problems like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), its latex part (the yellowish fluid acquired from the inner lining of the leaves) is an affective laxative, which could cleanse the bowel by flushing its undigested contents.
Rich Source of Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins such as folic acid and vitamins A, C, E, vitamin B group are only some of the nutrients found in Aloe Vera juice. Some minerals that’s good for the body like magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron, selenium and potassium can as well be consumed in its extract.
For Healthy Hair and Skin
Aloe extract aids on hair growth by removing dead skin cells in scalp that clog hair follicles for better absorption of nutrients. Aloe Vera also gets rid of accumulated sebum and oil on scalp that could lead to baldness, therefore improves hair growth. Unlike synthetic shampoos, Aloe Vera brings a more desirable pH for hair and scalp that eventually promotes hair growth while also maintaining the hair and scalp’s natural water and moisture.
The soothing action and vitamins that Aloe Vera has makes the skin smoother and healthier. Its natural pH also heals the wounds and burns effectively without damaging the skin cells because of aloe’s specific polysaccharides that speeds the healing process.
Learn more about all the Benefits of Aloe Vera with Dr Josh Axe (4.21 mins)