It's summer, and many of us may be reaching for the aloe vera as a sunburn remedy. Yet according to Ayurveda, aloe vera, known in Sanskrit as kumari, is helpful for many other conditions, from hyperacidity to menstrual cramps. Here are a few important aloe home remedies, some for summer use and some important year-round.
Light burns and wounds: Cut off an aloe leaf and apply the gel several times a day.
Mild sunburn: Mix 70% aloe vera gel and 30% bentonite clay. Apply paste on affected areas and wash it off after 15 minutes
Acne: Aloe vera gel with turmeric powder can be applied overnight and rinsed off in the morning (works well for people of colour; might stain pale skin).
Face: Apply aloe vera gel to face for glowing skin
Skin problems: Take 1-2 teaspoons fresh aloe gel daily for young and healthy skin.
Burn: Apply aloe vera gel after burn has been cooled with milk and or sandalwood oil.
Summer heat: 2 T aloe vera gel mixed with turbinado sugar or Indian rock candy will remove excess heat from body.
Balancing digestion and elimination: Take 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel in the morning on an empty stomach.
Acidity: 2 T Aloe Vera mixed with ¼ cup milk and ¼ cup water 2-3 x daily.
Indigestion: Take 2 T aloe vera with a pinch of dry ginger after each meal.
Constipation: take 2 T aloe vera in the morning with a pinch of Himalayan salt.
Haemorrhoids: Eat 2 T aloe vera gel daily. Topically, mix aloe vera gel in turmeric and apply.
Liver and spleen problems: Mix 2 T aloe vera with ½ t turmeric and eat 2-3x daily.
Weight loss: Consume 4ozs of aloe vera juice daily.
Chest congestion: Mix aloe vera juice with turmeric and rub on chest.
Bronchitis, pneumonia, cough: Take 2 T aloe vera and a pinch of pippali after each meal.
Wet cough: Mix 1 t aloe vera juice with 1 t honey, 1/4 t dry ginger powder, 1/4 t black pepper powder and eat 3x daily.
Dysmenorrhoea: Take 2T aloe vera after each meal with a pinch of black pepper, starting a few days after ovulation
Bleeding gums and toothache: Massage aloe vera gel gently on gums.
Earache: Apply 2-3 drops aloe vera juice in ear.
Pinkeye: Pure aloe gel can be applied to eyelids and then rinsed off with cool water--but DO NOT use any product with preservatives or flavouring agents on eyelids.
Aloe vera Hair oil: Aloe vera gel boiled with coconut oil can be applied to the scalp daily to support hair growth.
Compiled from various sources including The Alandi Pharmacy Manual and http://www.astrogle.com/ayurveda/aloe-vera-and-its-benefits.html
Alakananda Ma M.B., B.S. (Lond.) is an Ayurvedic Doctor (NAMA) and graduate of a top London medical school. She is co-founder of Alandi Ayurveda Clinic and Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder Colorado, as well as a spiritual mother, teacher, flower essence maker and storyteller. Alakananda is a well known and highly respected practitioner in the Ayurveda community both nationally and internationally.
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