Over the course of human history, Aloe Vera was known to be used in medicines and cosmetic. It is deeply rooted in the north African culture and history with natural medication. Aloe Vera was and still being used to treat skin injuries, but it has also dozens of beneficial effects on health. In this article, we are going to discover some of these benefits.
The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera:
Relieving Sunburns !
Aloe Vera gels are very good for sunburns treatments. According to some studies,
aloe vera aids the skin in healing from sunburns and mild burns. Actually, aloe vera could be used directly on the sunburned skin; just crush enough aloe vera and use it to heal the sunburned skin.
Rich in Antioxidants and Anti-bacteria :
Aloe Vera is very rich in antioxidants and anti bacteria compounds. These compounds work together to reduce and stop infections and inflammations. Aloe vera ointments are quite good to use when having a skin inflammation. But still, it is safe to use aloe vera directly to stop infections and reduce inflammations.
Treats Heartburn :
GERD or Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a disorder in the digestive system. GERD may sometimes cause an annoying heartburn. A study suggested that consuming 30 to 100 gram of aloe vera gel can reduce, treat and protect from having heartburn. In addition, the plant is good at easing many other digestive disorders and problems.
Accelerating the Healing of Burns:
Aloe vera is an effective topical treatment for first- and second-degree burns. Some experimental studies have proven aloe vera to accelerate the shrinking of sores and healing burns. It is obvious for doctors now that applying aloe vera to burn wounds appears to accelerate the healing process.
Reducing Dental Plaque :
Upon the common healthy problems that maybe you suffer from, gum diseases and tooth decay. Reducing the buildup of plaque on the teeth is a useful way to prevent this from happening. This plant’s richness in anti bacteria stops plaque from spreading because the latter one is a sort of mouth bacteria. Aloe vera has been proven by studies to be an effective alternative safe mouth wash to the chemicals and pharmaceutics.
The latex ,a sticky yellow residue found just under the skin of the leaf, has been proven to be effective in the reduction of constipation. However, the consumption of this latex was not assured to be safe by some studies; therefore; it is advisable be careful with it!
Improving Skin’s health and wrinkles:
There are some primarily evidences that aloe vera gels can slow aging of the skin. A study on 40 women has proven aloe vera to enhance the production of collagen and makes the skin more elastic in 90 days time.
Lowering Blood Sugars :
Traditionally aloe vera was used as a diabetes remedy. Aloe vera is said to enhance insulin sensitivity and help improve natural blood sugar management. Some studies have published promising findings about aloe vera and diabetes type 2; However; aloe vera and diabetes management still a vivid field of studies. And it is not recommended to use it for this purpose.
Protecting and Reviving Hair:
Aloe vera is rich in proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. These enzymes are also useful for the hair. It keeps it smooth and shiny and repairs its damage.
Aloe vera is not the angel of plants. It may causes some problems with the long term use. Very few people has an allergy against it and aloe vera gels can cause them problems. And there have been some cases of liver damages reported with long term ingestion of Aloe vera supplements .
However; the allergy against aloe vera is not common at all, and almost a vanisher problem; but still, one should be careful with its consumption as food and they better have medical prescription.
Aloe vera has many surprising benefits on the health. It is rich in many components that allowed it to be good for skin care, hair health as well as digestion problems. And there’s still a debate about it being useful for diabetes management and long term consuming may cause liver problems. Be wise, and take a medical prescription before using it !