Aloe vera is a highly versatile plant when it comes to medicinal properties which is why it’s extremely popular today. Even during ancient times, the Egyptians referred to the plant as the “plant of immortality” which goes to show how important it has been all these years.
The plant is made of a viscous tissue that stores water. The water-filled tissue is the liquid that the leaves secrete when broken off from the rest of the plant, what we refer to as the Aloe vera ‘gel‘. This gel has many benefits which range from skincare to treating sunburns and much more. There are many scientifically proven benefits of Aloe vera gel, here are a few of them:
It’s good for the skin
Aloe vera gel contains several minerals, enzymes, and vitamins, all of whom work together in improving the skin. Moreover, the gel doesn’t have a greasy feel to it at all, so it acts as a great moisturizer for people with dry or oily skin. “It’s incredibly moisturizing,” says Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist in New York City and author of Skin Rules.
Aloe is also great for women who use mineral-based makeup and it acts as a moisturizer before applying the makeup. The gel can also be used as an aftershave by men as it has healing properties as well. Aloe vera gel also contains polyphenols which help in protecting against skin cancer.
Furthermore, Aloe helps to fight aging skin. The gel contains lots of nutrients and antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, and E which help in keeping the skin hydrated as well as improving the skin’s natural firmness. There are also skin-related conditions like rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis which are linked to skin dryness and inflammation. Aloe contains fatty acids, and an enzyme called bradykinin which helps in fighting these conditions. Overall, Aloe vera gel is great for our skin.
It can be used as a treatment for minor burns and wounds
As mentioned above, Aloe vera contains nutrients that combat inflammation. Given how the gel is a good moisturizer, it can boost the skin’s elasticity which helps it heal. In a review done by PubMed on the effectiveness of Aloe vera on burn wound healing, they found that Aloe can speed up the healing rate from burns by up to nine days. It’s great for minor wounds and burns, and the research shows.
It helps in treating periodontal diseases
Tooth decay and gum diseases are fairly common these days and Aloe vera provides a natural way to reduce them. According to research findings that were published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Aloe vera gel is really helpful in treating gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
A mouth rinse study of 300 people found that Aloe vera gel, compared to the standard mouthwash ingredient chlorhexidine, was just as effective, if not more in reducing dental plaque. Another study showed even greater benefits of using Aloe vera for a longer period of time. Furthermore, Aloe vera gel can reduce bleeding, inflammation, and swelling of the gums. Overall, the gel has a number of benefits for the gums.
It helps in digestion
We’ve talked about the benefits of Aloe Vera on the external parts of the body so far, such as skin, wounds, and teeth. However, it’s just as great for the internal parts of your body too. Aloe vera helps in digestion and can help relieve ulcers. The gel has a laxative effect which as it normalizes the digestive system and brings regularity to it. The gel or ‘juice’ is also recommended for people with arthritis and rheumatism. In order to avail these internal benefits, just chew pieces of a fresh Aloe vera leaf.