By: Dayna Copeland Schaef
The Aloe Vera plant is a spiny, gelatinous shrub most famous for soothing red, blistered skin after too much fun in the sun, but it’s list of health benefits extends far beyond that. There are so many uses for this hearty botanical – from scalp treatment to arthritis relief, is there anything that Aloe Vera can’t do?
1. Drink Aloe Vera Juice for Digestive Health: Drinking Aloe Vera Juice can help to replace the natural flora of bacteria in your stomach, helping you to feel like yourself again, sooner. According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 33 IBS patients found aloe vera juice beneficial in combating the pain and discomfort of IBS.
2. Apply Aloe Vera Gel to Cuts, Bruises and Scabs to ease pain and prevent scarring: Most know that Aloe Vera gel is a great natural tool for a painful sunburn, but it is also can be helpful to apply on cuts, bruises and scabs. It soothes pain and discomfort and also promotes healing and can reduce unsightly scarring. According to 23 studies and medical trials, Aloe vera prevented skin ulcers and successfully soothed burn wounds.
3. Apply Aloe Vera Gel to Prevent Wrinkles and renew skin elasticity: Some studies have shown that Aloe Vera can stimulate cell regrowth. Applying a little Aloe gel to your face and neck after a shower can leave you with a youthful, natural glow. We especially love to mix 2 Tbsp of Aloe Vera with 2 Tbsp of honey to make an invigorating face mask.
4. Use as an Acne Treatment, and on stubborn pimples and breakouts: A little Aloe gel applied to your breakouts can reduce redness and inflammation, as well as prevent pimple scarring. The secret to using your Aloe Vera plant is to take the leaves from the base of the plant and cut close to the stem.
5. Stimulate Hair Growth in balding spots: Use Aloe gel in place of a conditioner in the shower. Apply it after shampooing, or in lieu of, and either rinse it out then, or let it sit overnight, to stimulate regrowth. Some researchers believe that the aloenin found in Aloe Vera is helpful for hair growth.
6. Treat Dandruff flakes as a conditioner in the shower: The gel not only helps your hair to grow, but it moisturizes your scalp and treats itchy dandruff at the root. Aloe vera contains fatty and amino acids and is a rich source of vitamins A, B12, E and C.
7. Drink Aloe Juice to relieve arthritis and rheumatism discomfort: Taken orally, Aloe acts as an anti-inflammatory, and can help with the pain of arthritis and rheumatism.
8. Aloe Vera for your private parts: Aloe Vera helps to relieve vaginal dryness and can help soothe jock itch. Also, as noted by Health Library, aloe vera was used successfully to help quickly clear herpes sores.
9. Use in toothpaste for impeccable gums and teeth: Healthy teeth start with healthy gums, so using a toothpaste fortified with Aloe encourages a pristine mouth. Try chewing on a bit of the gooey inside of the plant and holding it on your gums. Feels amazing!
10. Drink to manage your blood sugar: Those suffering with diabetes have attested to how aloe vera can positive influence healthy blood sugar levels. A 2015 study in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine found that Aloe Vera can help with blood glucose levels and reduce body fat and weight.
We provide information and not medical advice. Please consult your doctor about your individual needs before using Aloe Vera.