The aloe vera cactus plant has been used medicinally for centuries and has even been referred to by Egyptians as the “plant of immortality”. Although aloe vera health benefits are numerous, it might be going a little far to claim it makes anyone immortal. But you be the judge!
6 Benefits of Aloe Vera
Whether you can find fresh aloe in your environment, or only purchase aloe vera at the store or online, it’s a wonderful addition to every home. Read up on both the topical and internal benefits of the juice or gel of aloe vera, and how to use it effectively.
1. Treats Sunburn
One of the most common uses of aloe is for healing sunburns. One recent study found that a compound in aloe called aloin was found to be responsible for the plant’s anti-inflammatory benefits. You can often find aloe vera gel in stores to treat sunburns, shelves lined with clear bottles, or cool blue colors to coat your heated skin. But truth be told, fresh aloe vera straight from the leaves of the plant heals sunburns most effectively. Just take a leaf of the plant, split it in half and squeeze out the juice. You can add a little vitamin E to this and apply the mixture directly to the sunburn.
To try: Whipped Coconut Cooling Lotion
2. Promotes Digestive Health
Another aloe vera benefit is digestive health. When taken internally, aloe vera juice can help with digestion and bowel regularity, and can also be detoxifying. Aloe has cleansing properties for the digestive tract. Be sure to read label directions before ingesting aloe vera juice since it can have laxative effects. Aloe can be added to smoothies, juice or often taken in concentrated form.
To try: 10 Amazing Aloe Drinks
3. Boosts Immunity
Aloe contains many antioxidants that fight free radicals and also can boost the immune system. Raw, fresh aloe gel contains amino acids and essential vitamins and minerals that fight off illnesses. Squeeze a bit of gel into your morning smoothie when you are feeling a little run down. Or take the juice straight in a small shot glass each and every day, be sure to read the directions for correct use.
To try: Healing Aloe Smoothie
4. Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Bacterial Properties
Using aloe topically can be a wonderful astringent. An aloe vera benefit is that it fights inflammation, which makes it a great choice to battle acne. Aloe can reduce swelling and redness and also has bacteria-fighting properties to keep skin clear and healthy. A little aloe vera on a cotton pad applied to clean skin can be a great choice for toner.
5. Acts as an Anti-Fungal
Aloe can help treat infections such as athlete’s foot because of it’s antifungal properties.
To try: Mix a few drops of tea tree oil into aloe vera gel and apply to the feet twice a day.
6. Promotes Dental Health
Not only can aloe vera gel help fight cavities, but since it’s a healing plant, it can help treat canker sores, gum disease and mouth wounds along with other numerous dental issues.
To try: Swish aloe vera juice to help ease these dental ailments.
How do you incorporate aloe vera into your routine? Have you experienced any other benefits from using aloe?
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Holly Smith, a board certified physician in nephrology and internal medicine with a background in nutrition. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.29