Aloe Vera: A Nutritional Plant For More Than Just Sunburns
Aloe vera is well known for its soothing and healing effects and is often used on sunburns for these reasons. However, beyond the bright green bottles of gel available in drug stores (which is best avoided), did you know that real, pure aloe vera gel has a wide variety of other benefits?
Not only is aloe vera great for skin conditions like sunburn, other burns, dryness, and psoriasis, it’s can also be beneficial when taken internally for stomach ulcers, bowel disease, and constipation.
Aloe vera is also rich in antioxidant vitamins like vitamins A, C, and E. It also provides essential minerals and enzymes that can aid digestion.
Aloe vera makes an attractive, easy to grow houseplant. Pure aloe vera gel is also available in health food stores – just make sure you’re getting the pure stuff that is food grade and be sure to refrigerate after opening!
Here are 5 ways that you can use aloe vera, making it an excellent plant to keep on hand:
Help heal burns.
Likely the most well known use for aloe vera, the gel can be used to speed the healing of various burns, including sunburns or minor thermal burns. It can also help soothe, especially if you keep the gel in the fridge before applying to the skin. Use pure aloe vera gel from the store, or slice open a leaf and rub the inner gel on the affected area.
Moisturize hair and scalp.
Aloe promotes a healthy scalp and shiny hair in several ways. Its moisturizing properties and vitamin and mineral content promote shiny, healthy hair. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties can help with dandruff, and the enzymes that aloe vera contains can help to remove dead skin that can cause a flaky scalp. The soothing properties of aloe vera are also helpful for reducing itchiness that is often associated with a dry scalp.
Promotes a strong and healthy digestive system.
Aloe vera can help soothe and heal stomach ulcers. It can be beneficial for those with IBS thanks to its anti-inflammatory and laxative properties. Its antibacterial and antiviral properties help promote a healthy balance of microbes in the intestinal tract.
Helps heal and prevent acne.
Thanks to its vitamin A, E, C and zinc content, when used internally aloe vera provides nutrients that are needed for healthy skin and preventing acne. Acne is an inflammatory condition and aloe vera’s ant-inflammatory properties can help heal acne breakouts when used both topically and internally.
With its wide variety of uses from skin health to gut health, aloe vera is an excellent home-remedy to keep on hand!
By: Ali MacBoudreau
Ali is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant. Her mission is to help you discover just how vibrant and amazing you can feel, by giving you the tools you need to make lasting changes. (Hint, it involves delicious food!) To learn more about Ali and holistic nutrition please visit her website https://www.holisticali.com/about