USAGE OF ALOE VERA

USAGE OF ALOE VERA

USAGE OF ALOE VERA

The aloe vera plant is a succulent  that usually grows without a stem and has thick, green fleshy leaves that can grow as high as 2 or 3 feet.

1. Aloe produces two substances, gel, and latex. Aloe gel is the clear, jelly-like substance found in the leaves. Aloe latex is yellow and comes from under the plants skin.

2. Aloe gel can be consumed and may serve as a treatment for osteoarthritis, diabetes and treat the effects of radiation therapy. It can also be heated, along with water, and inhaled as a vapor for a treatment of asthma.

3. Aloe gel is commonly used topically for psoriasis, sunburn, dry skin and frostbite.

4. Aloe latex has been used for many years in laxatives. This part of the aloe plant can be dangerous, even deadly if consumed in large doses.

5. Makeup remover:  Aloe gel can be used as a makeup remover and can even replace your hair conditioner.

6. Sunburn remedy: Get an ice cube tray and fill it in with aloe gel and freeze. These aloe vera ice cubes are great after too much sun exposure, bug bites, poison ivy, and even psoriasis. They provide extra relief from pain, redness, inflammation or itching. Applying the cooling aloe vera cubes to the bug bites or sunburn is definitely a relaxing and soothing experience.

7. There is some scientific evidence that aloe is able to kill bacteria as well as speed wound healing.

8. Stretch marks: The healing and soothing properties of aloe vera are effective in getting rid of stretch marks.  It will help in increasing cell growth that helps in the reduction of stretch marks. Apply pure aloe vera gel and massage it daily over the affected skin.

9. Bug bites :  Aloe gel can be used to prevent itching from bug bites.

10. Dandruff remedy: Mix a tbsp of lemon juice with 2 tbsp of pure aloe vera gel and use it as a hair mask. Apply the mask to the roots of your hair and let it sit for 30mins before you rinse off.

Best and Worst Nuts for Your Health

Best and Worst Nuts for Your Health

Nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Still, some are healthier than others.                                           by Amanda MacMillan

Nuts are nature’s way of showing us that good things come in small packages. These bite-size nutritional powerhouses are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of different nuts, as well as the best and worst products on supermarket shelves today. Of course, you can get too much of these good things: Nuts are high in fat and calories, so while a handful can hold you over until dinner, a few more handfuls can ruin your appetite altogether. And although nuts are a healthy choice by themselves, they’ll quickly become detrimental to any diet when paired with sugary or salty toppings or mixes.

All nuts are about equal in terms of calories per ounce, and in moderation, are all healthy additions to any diet. “Their mix of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber will help you feel full and suppress your appetite,” says Judy Caplan, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The lowest-calorie nuts at 160 per ounce are almonds (23 nuts; 6 grams protein, 14 grams fat); cashews (16 to 18 nuts; 5 grams protein, 13 grams fat); and pistachios (49 nuts; 6 grams protein, 13 grams fat). Avoid nuts packaged or roasted in oil; instead, eat them raw or dry roasted, says Caplan. (Roasted nuts may have been heated in hydrogenated or omega-6 unhealthy fats, she adds, or to high temperatures that can destroy their nutrients.)

Ounce for ounce, macadamia nuts (10 to 12 nuts; 2 grams protein, 21 grams fat) and pecans (18 to 20 halves; 3 grams protein, 20 grams fat) have the most calories—200 each—along with the lowest amounts of protein and the highest amounts of fats.

However, they’re still good nuts: The difference between these and the lowest calorie nuts is only 40 calories an ounce. As long as you’re practicing proper portion control and not downing handfuls at a time, says Caplan, any kind of raw, the plain nut will give you a good dose of healthy fats and nutrients.

Garlic Can Help With Your Cold

Garlic Can Help With Your Cold

Garlic is known to boost your immune system. Daily amounts of garlic

reduces the number of colds by 63%. While also reducing length of

your cold symptoms by 70%. So increasing your garlic intake is incredibly

helpful. Fact is that garlic helps pervert and reduce the severity of common

illnesses like flu and common cold.