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Amazing Benefits of Aloe Vera (+5 Beauty Recipes)

Amazing Benefits of Aloe Vera (+5 Beauty Recipes)

Are you suffering with acne, sunburns or ready to go on a cleanse to kickstart your diet? Maybe you just want to boost your immune system.  I have just the solution for you. ALOE VERA! What better way to cure all your insecurities and issues than to go all in and doing it naturally?  Why would I pass all those other products on the shelves at big name companies and settle for this rugged looking plant? Well, because its less expensive and easier to maintain. I don’t know but having $30 extra in my pocket is a big deal for me. So, instead of looking to brand name products for the best results, you could find the super plant in areas such as your garden or backyard. If you decide to go and plant it that is. I don’t want you going outside and looking for it when you didn’t put it there in the first place then when someone asks you, you say Shay said it would be there. Ahhh, no I didn’t. Just messing with you.Now, let me tell you a little more about this succulent plant.

Does This Really Work?

I have proven for myself that this plant does well with acne when I was back in Jamaica and had eaten all the junk the little island could offer. I had 2 weeks to leave to the U.S and my face was not looking the way I wanted it to be. I didn’t have time or the money to use products I couldn’t get at that point. Then, LIGHTBULB! I remembered seeing the aloe vera plant outside and quickly cut off a piece to let it soak in some water for about two hours before I drank the first  cup. Need proof? This is a photo I posted on my Instagram a while back to show people how much it helped me in just 9 days. This was done without a change in diet. Yes! you heard me! I still consumed the junk I wasn’t suppose to be eating and got these results just by drinking Aloe vera water. See how deplorable my situation was? Now, you be the judge. Does it really work?

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    The Makeup

    You will not believe the range of benefits that this one plant has. When you find out, it may become the legal cannabis in your life. Before you get carried away, it will NOT get you high! So, this is 99% water. What is the 1% made of and good for? The 1% is filled with countless vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. Talk about POWERFUL!  Surprisingly, that’s not all.

    • The amino acids contains chains of atoms which construct protein within the body.
    • Enzymes aid in the production of rejuvenating aged tissues promoting healthy skin.
    • Germanium is a mineral vital for therapeutic benefits like cardiac disorders, eye problems, immunodeficiency and pain.
    • Vitamins A, E and richest in C. This enhances circulation by maintaining tone of blood vessels. This is also amazingly convenient for stress control.

    Others include Zinc, Calcium and Magnesium, Sugars, Lignin, Saponins, Fatty Acids Salicylic Acids and Anthraquinone.

    More Benefits

    As already established above, Aloe vera is works well with acne, sunburns, eczema and boosting immune system. Is this all? Nope! Not even. Well, it works with most skin conditions remarkably quickly but it has the same effect with pain if applied topically. When consumed, it helps with internal epithelial tissue. So, for genital tract, stomach and mouth ulcers, lungs, bowels, nasal and sinuses; Aloe Vera should be your go-to.

    Let’s go a little deeper with the effects on the immune system. It is an IMMONOMODULATOR. What does that massive word mean? It means it can both stimulate one issue and calms the next. It will calm the immune response for problems like Hay fever where less immune reaction is beneficial. On the other hand, it will stimulate the response for those suffering with weakened immune systems either from post illness fatigue or from existing conditions.

    For Aloe Vera juice, over 200 worldwide scientific research papers publicized the effect of soothing digestive tract irritations like colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Where does this ulcer healing effect thrive from? It’s a possibility that it is from its ability to encourage the release of pepsin. That’s a gastric juice enzyme that is necessary for digestion. (Journal of the American Osteopathic Society, 1963, Vol.62). In another study, oral use for 6 months helped mitigate asthma symptoms.

    The juice also cleans the morbid matter from the spleen, stomach, liver, kidneys, bladder and is considered the finest, known colon cleanser. Also, if you have a heartburn, you could use it.  Clinical trials in Japan leads toward certain compounds reduce the secretion of stomach juices and the formation of lesions.

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    Wait! Check this out. In 1994, the US Food and drug Administration approved  Aloe Vera for the treatment of HIV. Unbelievably amazing! People claim relief from arthritis, leg cramps, constipation, hemorrhoids, insomnia and vaginitis. Yes, it is said to be an excellent vaginal douche.

    What makes this plant so rare? Researcher Robert Davis, Ph.D., an endocrinologist-biologist  explains that 15 different compound groups of nutrients work together to make the plant effective. This simply means that the effects of Aloe Vera’s effects cannot be synthesized so easily in a laboratory.

    Life hack offers more benefits here.

    Recipes

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      Now that you know what Aloe vera is made from and what it can be used to cure, let’s get down to business. It’s time for you to start executing and putting this plant into practice. I’ve researched and put together the simplest, most effective recipes for you!

      LET THE HEALTH HACKING BEGIN!

      When used in your hair, they provide nourishment, prevent excess oiliness, eliminate dandruff, encourage hair growth and prevent hair loss.

      All of these benefits add up to beautiful shiny hair and a glowing complexion. Regular application of this homemade recipe is highly beneficial for reducing suntan as well. Both help reduce dark spots and blemishes on your face, and even help minimize stretch marks. They also help heal acne and acne scars.

      Recipe 1 – How to prepare an aloe vera and lemon juice mask (2 In 1 Face and Hair)

      Things you will need:

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      • 2 aloe vera leaves
      • Half a lemon
      • 3 bowls
      • A sharp knife
      • A juice squeezer (optional)
        A blender

      Steps

      1. Cut two thick aloe vera leaves from an aloe vera plant with a sharp knife.
      2. Cut off the serrated edges of both the leaves.
      3. Slit the top layer of the leaves lengthwise. You will see the translucent aloe vera gel inside.
      4. Carefully peel off the aloe vera gel from the leaves.
      5. Put the gel pulp into a bowl.
      6. Squeeze out the juice from half a lemon.
      7. Pour the thick, succulent aloe vera gel into a blender.
      8. Pour the lemon juice into the blender as well.
      9. Blend the mixture for about one minute.
      10. Pour the mixture from the blender into a bowl.
      11. Hair: After working it into your hair, leave it in for about 20 minutes and then wash it out.
      12. Face mask: Make sure to apply the mask to your face and your neck to maintain an even skin tone. Leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse it off.

      Aloe Juice

      • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel (extracted from the leaf or purchased from a health food store)
      • 1 apple
      • 1 cucumber
      • 1 lemon

      Steps

      Blend, chill and enjoy

      Recipe 2 – Aloe Juice

      • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel (extracted from the leaf or purchased from a health food store)
      • 1 carrot
      • 1 apple (preferably green)
      • 1-2 cups of pineapple
      • Optional: a few tablespoons of coconut milk (health perk: coconut milk will increase your juice’s bacteria-fighting potential)

      Steps

      Blend, chill and enjoy

      Cool Fact: As you are tossing odds and ends into your blender, just remember: as you change the fruit, you’ll change the color. Because aloe vera gel is a clear substance, whatever you toss alongside it will determine what color your beverage becomes. Create a standard green aloe vera juice, or turn it up a notch with a red, yellow or even orange tint.

      Recipe 3 – Homemade Whipped Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Gel Lotion

      Things you will need:

      • Fresh aloe vera gel
      • Extra-virgin coconut oil
      • Essential oils of your choice (optional)
      • A mixing bowl
      • Measuring cups and spoons
      • A blender
      • An electric or hand whisker
      • A glass container to store it in

      Steps

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      1.  Scoop out the gel from a small aloe vera leaf and blend it.
      2. Put ½ cup of extra-virgin coconut oil in a bowl
      3. Add the blended aloe vera gel.
      4. Whisk the mixture using an electric or hand whisker for 5 to 10 minutes until you get a fluffy, frosting-like consistency.
      5. Optionally, add a few drops of essential oils like lavender and peppermint oils and whisk again.

      Transfer your whipped coconut oil lotion into the glass container and store it in the refrigerator. It will last for several weeks. Use it all over your body as you would use any other moisturizing lotion. To increase its effectiveness, apply it after bathing when your skin is somewhat moist to help lock in the moisture. It also works well as a good makeup remover.

      Recipe 4 – Aloe Vera Face Cream

      INGREDIENTS:

      1 cup aloe vera gel
      1/2 cup coconut oil
      2 tablespoons jojoba oil
      1.5 tablespoons beeswax pastilles (Can also use 3/4th of a 1 oz bar of beeswax, diced finely or grated)
      5-8 drops essential oil like lavender or geranium (optional)

      DIRECTIONS:

      Heat coconut oil, beeswax, and jojoba oil in a modified double boiler, stirring occasionally to make sure contents combine.

      Once liquid, pour mixture into glass blender and allow mixture to completely cool (about 1 – 1.5 hours.) Once the mixture has cooled, take a spatula and scrap down the sides of the blender to loosen the contents.

      Turn blender on low and slowly pour aloe vera gel into the mixture, stopping occasionally to allow contents to combine.

      Recipe 5 – Aloe Vera Stretch Mark Removal

      Ingredients

      ½ cup olive oil,

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      ¼ cup aloe Vera gel,

      2 tablespoons vitamin E gel and

      1 tablespoon Vitamin a gel.

      Steps

      Blend Well

      As soon as the ingredients are properly blended, put it in a container then keep inside the refrigerator until chilled. Put on the skin once daily. All the vitamins and aloe Vera will accelerate the production of new cell as well as lessen the appearance of stretch marks.

      Featured photo credit: Phonlawat_51 via shutterstock.com

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      The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

      The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

      Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

      The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

      1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

      Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

       I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

      To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

      And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

       2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

      Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

      3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

      Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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      4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

      The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

      5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

      Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

      6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

      Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

      7. Positive people smile a lot!

      When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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      8. People who are positive are great communicators.

      They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

      9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

      One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

      10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

      Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

      How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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      I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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