Aloe Vera Uses – A Glimpse Into The Versatility Of The Aloe Plant

Posted by on 9/2/2014 to Ingredient Knowledge
Aloe vera is a plant that is cultivated in several continents and has been used for a variety of purposes for over five millennia. Throughout history, people from India, China, Egypt, Greece and Africa have used this plant for it's versatility. Like the cactus plant, aloe vera contains 99 percent, water with the remaining one percent consisting of vitamins, amino acids and minerals. While we, at Astrida Naturals love aloe for its skin care benefits, aloe actually has many benefits for both external and internal health. Keep reading for a quick glimpse of some aloe vera uses that you may not be aware of.

Skin and hair.

Aloe vera is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture to your skin, with soothing, cooling and healing capabilities. It is especially effective when used in combination with other natural skin care ingredients like botanical and fruit extracts to help fight signs of aging caused by dryness or sun exposure. We use aloe as a moisturizing base in both our White Tea and Cucumber Facial Toner and our Mulberry and Licorice Brightening Serum.

Alone, aloe gel can be used for the treatment and healing of sunburns, burns, cuts, wounds and abrasions and is considered effective in treating a wide variety of skin inflammations like eczema, dandruff, acne and psoriasis. Aloe can be used straight from the plant and applied topically where needed, just cut off the tip to expose the gel and smooth onto skin directly.

Immune system.

Aloe juice and gel can be taken orally as a healthy, natural elixir. Due to the plant's high vitamin and mineral content, it is used, along with other ingredients, to boost immunity and relieve symptoms of diseases. It may even play a role in preventing lung cancer and tumor growth, though more research is needed. In addition, drinking aloe juice can also help to lower blood sugar. Diabetics, people who suffer from autoimmune diseases, and people with high cholesterol can also benefit from this plant.

Digestive system.

Both the latex and gel derived from the aloe vera plant are used to treat a host of issues related to the digestive system. Studies show evidence that the plant can be used as a laxative to relieve constipation and can help in eliminating harmful toxins from the body. Additionally, it can help promote better digestion, remedy hyper-acidity and prevent ulcers in the stomach. At the same time, aloe vera help balance intestinal bacterial and protect against the growth of harmful intestinal flora.

As you can see aloe has many external and internal uses. How are you using aloe vera?
Aloe Vera Uses – A Glimpse Into The Versatility Of The Aloe Plant