Aloe vera is an amazing plant, and one that more of us should keep on hand to treat skin irritations and minor injuries. It is one of the best pieces of greenery to have in your home, and if you did not already know the ways in which aloe vera can help you, then you are about to find out. Here are the top 10 health benefits that come with aloe vera – including for your skin and hair.
#1 Accelerates Burn Healing
As many people know, aloe vera is perfect for treating first and second-degree burns, accelerating the healing process as well as soothing any pain and discomfort that comes with it. It can reduce the time needed for healing by over a week if it is applied regularly, and all you need is the sap from the leaves if you have a plant in your home.
#2 Moisturises Hair
Your hair can really benefit from the application of aloe vera. Aside from moisturizing your hair to keep it feeling soft and luscious, it is also able to help it maintain its natural pH balance. Whether you use an aloe shampoo, or the plant directly, it can promote hair growth, soothe an itchy scalp, treat dandruff, and even reduce hair breakage.
#3 Reduces Plaque
Instead of using mouthwash, why not consider rinsing with aloe vera instead? It can be just as effective (if not more so) at helping to reduce the amount of dental plaque in your mouth. Additionally, it can prevent or heal gum disease, as well as kill the bacteria responsible for the production of plaque and bad breath.
#4 Soothes Rashes and Skin Irritation
Along with burns, aloe vera can also sooth rashes and skin conditions like psoriasis when applied on a regular basis. The cooling properties of the gel ease discomfort, itchiness, and general soreness so that you can get on with your tasks without distraction. It’s the perfect solution for rapid relief.
#5 Reduces Constipation
The yellow residue outside of the aloe vera leaf is known as latex, and it is this that can help to reduce constipation. It has very strong laxative effects, and this means that it can be fantastic for shifting constipation and getting your body back to normal again. Usually, you can find it as a treatment at your local chemist or natural store.
#6 Heals Cold Sores
These can be really frustrating to have, as well as sore. By applying aloe vera a few times a day, you can speed up the healing process and reduce any discomfort felt when they occur. Plus, because it is safe to swallow aloe vera, you don’t need to panic if you end up swallowing some by accident.
#7 Can Lower Blood Sugar Levels
While it should never replace modern medicine, aloe vera can be a great addition to diabetes treatments. It has properties that are able to enhance insulin sensitivity and improve blood sugar management, helping you to stay on top of things more. However, it should be noted that the studies for this health benefit are still in the early stages and so are not entirely conclusive.
#8 Reduces Acne
Acne occurs due to an overactive sebaceous gland that produces too much oil, and results in inflammation once dirt and grime become trapped in the pores as a result. Applying aloe vera to the affected area a few times a day will reduce the inflation and help to clear the pores, reducing (or even eliminating) the acne present.
#9 Improves Digestion
The juice from aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory, it has been seen to improve digestion and normalise the pH balance in the stomach and intestines. Some studies have found that it relieves discomfort in those with IBS, but it is important to remember that these studies are still in the early stages and so many not be entirely accurate yet.
#10 Boosts the Immune System
Aloe vera is full of vitamins and minerals, like zinc, to help boost our immune system and keep our bodies strong. It is the perfect plant for warding away bacteria and general illness, as well as nourishing the skin and even helping to balance moods.
Hopefully, this has shown you just how amazing and beneficial aloe vera can be when applied to minor injuries, or just to your body in general when you want to keep things nice and healthy. If you’re not currently using this plant, you really need to start. You can find it in products, or even hop to the garden centre and pick a plant up so that you can use the sap from the leaves.
Francesca Jaques is the author and editor of www.hairday.co.uk, Beauty therapist by day and writer by night. She reviews every hair product available, finding the best of the best and giving you all the tips possible to make life easier for you. For hairstyle ideas, tips and reviews, you can find them on her Facebook, Instagram,and Twitter.