Grow Long Hair- Why Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera, called a ‘miracle’ plant or some would refer to as ‘Natural Healer’ or ‘Burn Plant’ for the simple fact of what wonders it can do to our overall well-being. Legend claimed that through the influence of Aristotle, Alexander the Great decided to take over Socotra island in the Indian Ocean with the aim to claim the supply of Aloe Vera for his soldiers.
Such is the value of this ‘miracle’ plant it has on people since ancient times.
Aloe Vera was believed to have been used since 4000 years ago, for medicinal purposes amongst the ancient Egyptian, Greek, Chinese and Indian cultures for health reasons, as well as in their beauty regimes. Cited by a Greek physician named Pedanius Dioscorides from 40 AD to 90 AD, one of the medicinal value that aloe vera can do is that its sap is able to stop hair loss and itchy flaky skin.
Cleopatra, queen of Egypt believed to have used this miracle plant as her regular moisturizer for her beauty rituals. In fact, the existence of aloe vera was mentioned in the bible in five different places. Today, the use of Aloe Vera has spread throughout the world to treat almost all kinds of ailments from burns to reduce wound pains, aid digestion, healing wounds, skin treatments and so many more.
Originated from Africa, Aloe Vera survives extremely well in warm and dry climates. Well known for its medicinal purposes, it has been cultivated in other parts of the world with similar climate such as the United States (California, Florida, Texas), Australia, Mexico, Europe, India and in Asian countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia.
However, modern technology such as the utilization of greenhouse has enabled the cultivation of Aloe Vera in almost any part of the world because the climate can be controlled within.
Like onion, garlic and turnip, Aloe Vera is also a member of the Lily family although it takes on the form similar to cactus. The leaf of Aloe Vera grows from the base of the plant or near ground level and is very strongly rooted. A succulent plant, it can grow up to 40 inches tall. The leaves are thick, fleshy and green with the sides of the leaf serrated with small white teeth.
Aloe Vera Leaf Layers to help Grow Long Hair
Each leaf consists of three layers. The first (inner) layer is made up of gel, the second (mid) layer consist of sap that is bitter and yellow in color and the third (outer) layer is known as the rind. The gel is enriched with 99% water and 1% of vitamins, amino acids (basic building blocks of proteins), glucomannans (part of sugar component), sterols (anti-inflammatory agents) and lipids (enzyme).
The sap contains glycosides (cleansing and as antiseptic) and anthraquinones (as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral). The rind is made up of 20 combined cells not only to protect the plant and transport water but it also create proteins and carbohydrates.
These diverse mixtures of components are what make Aloe Vera to be so highly regarded for its medicinal values and is a naturally an ingredient which helps to care for the scalp to grow long hair.
There are over 240 different species of Aloe Vera out of which Aloe Barbadensis Miller is considered the top of the rank among other three that are fit for human consumption as well. Aloe Barbadensis Miller is the top because it consists of:-
- over 20 amino acids, of which 8 are critical for the human body since our bodies are not able to produce them
- Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E which cannot be produced by our bodies and some can’t be stored either
With so many elements that are beneficial to the body, surely Aloe Vera can also be used as one of the best treatment for hair loss and to grow hair long fast. It is natural, providing an alternative to commercial hair products that are expensive and may give you side effects due to contents of harmful chemicals.
Aloe Vera for a Healthy Scalp to Grow Long Hair
Aloe Vera can be used in many ways to promote healthy scalp to grow long hair fast, as well as prevent hair loss.
Here are some ways of how Aloe Vera can help:-
- By applying Aloe Vera’s gel on your scalp, it can prevent hair loss, protecting scalp and hair from damage due to any diseases. However, if you apply directly from the leave please ensure to remove the yellow substance on the gel as it may cause itchiness. It can be removed by simply rinsing it with water and dap with a piece of tissue
- Enriched with enzymes, it is able to stimulate new hair growth and to grow long hair faster. It is able to fight against Androgenetic Alopecia as it consists of anti-inflammatory properties
- Filled with many nutritional benefits, many hair products such as shampoo, conditioner and even hair oils are now including Aloe Vera as their key ingredients to help grow long hair. However, ensure that shampoos and conditioners does not have petroleum-based ingredients or alcohol and is pH balanced
- To ensure better results, look for Aloe Vera shampoos and conditioners that are with combination of other natural based such as herbal extracts, vitamins, jojoba or shea butter. These are basically suitable for all hair types
- Some make Aloe Vera shampoo by mixing its gel with coconut milk and a small amount of wheat germ oil
- Good effect on your scalp as you massage these products as it increases blood circulation to your scalp, thereby helps to stimulate the scalp and reduces stress. It also prevents dandruffs
- It balances the pH level of your scalp and cleans your pores. Scalp receives internal healing and is more healthy without clogged pores, which speeds up to grow long hair
- If applied onto hair, it helps to moisturize your hair, making it soft and shiny, easy to manage – and this helps to grow long hair faster too
As amazing and useful as it can be, it is advisable that you consult your doctor, pharmacist or any of your regular healthcare professional if you have allergies, some medical conditions or are currently taking some supplements.
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