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Aloe vera is a perennial, succulent plant that’s green and has triangular, fleshy leaves with serrated edges. Aloe gel is the clear, jelly-like substance found in the inner part of the aloe plant leaf. Aloe latex comes from just under the plant’s skin and is yellow in color. Aloe vera contains many vitamins and minerals vital for proper growth and function of all the body’s systems.
Aloe Vera Benefits
1. Soothes Rashes and Skin Irritations
◆ Topical aloe vera is used to treat
◆ skin conditions
◆ wound healing
◆ oral mucositis
◆ surgical wounds
◆ home remedy for burn injuries
It provides rapid relief from the itching and burning associated with severe radiation dermatitis and skin regeneration.
2. Treats Burns
I've had an aloe plant since college- about 40 years. No matter what I do to NOT water it, it manages to live anyway. It's had a few sad debacles when transplanted, but still has prevailed.
The best thing about it is having a BURN TREATMENT option IN my house!! Whenever I have a burn or one of the kids has, I fetch a prong of the plant, break it in half and squeeze out the gel. Great stuff!!
• Aloe vera gel protects against radiation damage to the skin.
• Approved by the USDA for treatment of burns.
3. Heals Cold Sores
◦ Eases the discomfort of cold sores
◦ Speeds the healing process
◦ Safe when consumed by mouth
◦ Has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties
◦ Accelerates healing
◦ Reduces pain associated with cold sores — or any sores on the mouth.
◦ Natural pain treatment
◦ Creates antibodies
4. Moisturizes Hair and Scalp
✓ Great natural treatment for dry hair or an itchy scalp
✓ Has nourishing properties
✓ Tons of vitamins and minerals
✓ Helps with dandruff
✓ Enzymes rid the scalp of dead cells
✓ Promotes the regeneration of skin tissue around the hair follicles.
✓ Stop the itching associated with dandruff or a dried scalp.
Too many shampoos and conditioners are full of chemicals that damage hair and can even cause inflammation and skin irritations; adding aloe vera is an effective way to keep your scalp free of bacteria and uncomfortable skin reactions.
5. Treats Constipation
The use of aloe latex as a laxative is well-researched. It creates a potent laxative that increases intestinal water content, stimulates mucus secretion and increases intestinal peristalsis, which are contractions that break down food and mix the chyme.
6. Helps with Digestion
Because of its anti-inflammatory and laxative components, another aloe vera benefit is its ability to help with digestion. Aloe vera juice
• helps digestion
• normalizes acid/alkaline and pH balance
• lessens yeast formation
• encourages digestive bacteria
• regularizes bowel processing.
30 milliliters of aloe vera juice twice a day decreases the level of discomfort in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Flatulence also decreased. Aloe vera has been used to soothe and heal stomach ulcers because it has antibacterial agents and natural healing properties that can restore the stomach lining back to health.
7. Boosts the Immune System
The enzymes present in aloe vera break down the proteins that we eat into amino acids and turn the enzymes into fuel for every cell in the body, which enables the cells to function properly.
8. Provides Antioxidants and Reduces Inflammation
We know that inflammation is at the root of most diseases. Aloe vera provides an amazing number of vitamins and minerals that help reduce inflammation and fight free radical damage.
Aloe vera can also naturally treat acne and eczema since it helps the healing process in the skin.
9. Treats Diabetes
Some evidence in humans and animals suggests that aloe vera is able to alleviate the chronic hyperglycemia and perturbed lipid profile that are common among people with diabetes and are major risk factors for cardiovascular complications.