by Sarah Ferguson
Applying aloe vera to your sunburns is just one way to take advantage of this powerful plant, in fact it’s only touching the surface.
The species of plant has been used medicinally since the beginning of the first century AD. Native to the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, it is one of the most popular plants in the world.
Both internal and topical, aloe vera has soothing and healing properties that make it one of the best natural remedies for all forms of irritation.
Many people suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and use prescription drugs to mask the symptoms, but aloe vera makes a great natural alternative and can be sourced in your own backyard.
Although not all species of the aloe plant are safe to consume, there are aloe vera juices available with can help soothe irritation and reduce the inflammation causing heartburn.
You do your best to buy organic vegetables, but the fact of the matter is they are more likely to go bad faster than the chemically grown alternatives. The good news is you can apply a thin layer of edible aloe vera to your fresh produce to help protect against the bacteria which leads to spoiling.
You may have already heard that coconut oil works well to clean teeth, but the same can be said about aloe vera.
A recent study found that aloe vera extract can be as effective as the store bought mouthwash brands. The plant’s natural properties, including Vitamin C, can power through plaque and protect against the bacteria causing gum disease.
With powerful antibacterial properties, aloe vera makes a great ointment for infected cuts. Because of its soothing abilities, it also works to actively heal the wound and reduce scarring.
The beauty care industry manufactures moisturizers that are packed with chemicals meant to dry the skin and encourage repeat purchase. Aloe vera is the safer and more effective option when it comes to balancing the skin’s natural moisture levels. As a plant that thrives in dry and arid climates, it retains water and draws moisture in rather than act as a shield against dryness like manufactured products. Not only can it hydrate skin, it also works to eliminate acne.
A gel made from aloe vera extract was found helpful in one study to relieve constipation. Using aloe vera juice can help the colon retain water and stimulate movement in the lower intestine. It has even been shown more effective than conventional laxative drugs.
A study showed that just two tablespoons of aloe vera juice a day could lower the blood sugar levels of diabetics substantially. With a naturally sweet flavor, aloe vera juice can satisfy sugar cravings without throwing blood sugar levels overboard.
Perhaps an overshare, but aloe vera based lubricants are not only safe, but pH balanced which can stave off infections or bacteria.