Aloe Vera is a long time used medicinal plant that has many uses in the area of natural healing.
While Aloe Vera is about 99% water, the remaining 1% contains powerful nutrients that work together to provide various medicinal and health values.
These ingredients include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, lignins, saponins, fatty acids and salicylic acid.
Each one of these categories could have their article in their right, regarding the individual molecules and ongoing studies into their effects. For the purpose of this article, we are going to look at how all the properties of Aloe Vera work together and the benefits they provide.
- Aids Digestion – Aloe Vera contains both anti-inflammatory and laxative components. As a result, Aloe Vera juice can normalize acidity and balance pH to lessen the formation of yeast. This encourages digestive bacteria and regularizes bowel processing.
- Burn Treatment – The gel of the Aloe Vera plant has a protective effect against radiation damage to the skin. When Aloe Vera is used on burns, it allows the area to heal at a faster rate by preventing the UV-induced suppression.
- Cold Sore Medication – When used a few times a day, Aloe Vera eases the discomfort and speeds the healing process of cold cores thanks to it antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Since Aloe Vera is also safe to be consumed by mouth, there is no fear of swallowing the Aloe Vera.
- Stabilizes Blood Sugars– Aloe Vera has been shown to reduce the levels of blood glucose and serum triglyceride concentrations. This makes it a good choice for those who are diabetic as a natural way to balance their blood sugars.
- Hair And Scalp Moisturizer – The many nutrients found in Aloe Vera support and promote the health of your hair and scalp. Can help naturally curb dandruff and dryness of the scamp that causes itching.
- Immune System Health – Enzymes in Aloe Vera help break down protein in food to turn them into amino acids that feed muscle and also fuel cells in the body, which promotes healthy functioning and gives a natural boost to the immune system.
- Reduce Inflammation – There are an incredible number of vitamins and minerals present in Aloe vera that aid in the reduction of inflammation and fight free radical damage.
- Potential Cancer Fighting Properties – While there is more research that needs to be done on this, a study that was published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at the therapeutic properties of one of the compounds in the plant’s leaves, called Aloe Emodin. The authors suggest that the succulent shows potential to slow the growth of breast cancer. However, it isn’t conclusive.
- Soothe Skin Irritations – Topical applications of Aloe Vera are effective in treating psoriasis, dermatitis, surgical wounds, and many other skin conditions. A study that was done in 1996 as the Department of Clinical Physiology in Sweden included sixty patients who suffered from psoriasis. In a group of sixty patients, half were given an Aloe Vera cream, and the other half was given a placebo. The cure rate among those who received Aloe Vera was eighty-three percent compared to seven percent in the placebo group. There were also no relapses reported after twelve months.
Aloe Vera is easy to find just about anywhere. You can grow your aloe plant at home, or you can purchase aloe gel, latex, juice and extracts in your local health food store.
It is important to ensure that you are reading the labels of the Aloe products you are purchasing to ensure they are certified, as not all aloe products are going to produce the same benefits.
Growing your own plant is the easiest and least expensive way to reap all of the benefits of Aloe Vera on a regular basis.