Aloe Vera Health Benefits….What Nature’s ‘First Aid Plant’ Can Do For You. Aloe vera has been valued for its healing properties by many cultures around the world, for thousands of years. It has been called ‘the plant of immortality’ by the ancient Egyptians, ‘the universal panacea’ by the Greeks, and ‘the first aid plant’ in more modern times.
Why has it inspired such a following? It’s because the range of aloe vera health benefits is extensive, and people have found that it can give relief from ailments as diverse as acne, high blood pressure, pain, allergies and headaches.
And in the present day, when mainstream medical treatments are often expensive, invasive, and wrought with unpleasant side-effects, aloe vera’s gentle action, ease of use and low cost makes it very appealing. This article gives an overview of the most significant aloe vera health benefits.
Using aloe vera externally
Perhaps the best known benefit of aloe vera is its soothing effect on the skin. Aloe vera gel, which comes from the plant’s succulent leaves, is cool and clear, and when applied directly to the skin, it has powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory effects. These are the result of the wide array of beneficial substances it contains, which include vitamins, minerals, polysaccharides, amino acids, enzymes, phytonutrients and more. When applied directly to the affected skin, the gel (or creams and other products containing it) may help to relieve conditions such as itching, cuts, sunburn, acne and breakouts, excessive oiliness and dryness, burns, insect bites, and eczema.
Using aloe vera internally
Although aloe vera is best know for its external applications, it can also be used internally. When used this way (usually in the form of juice, capsules or tablets), many people have experienced relief from or improvement in such conditions as digestive and cardiac problems, dental pain, eye disorders, high blood pressure and diabetes. The regular use of aloe vera is also helpful in maintaining health, even if no specific problem is present.
It is very easy to use aloe vera – you just cut open a leaf, scrape out the gel and apply where needed. But if you don’t have access to an aloe vera plant, or prefer to use pre-made products, there is a wide range of creams, lotions, shampoos, juice, tablets and capsules to choose from, as well as the pure gel itself.
Be careful though; many aloe vera products are of poor quality, are adulterated with fillers and harmful additives, and only contain insignificant amounts of aloe vera itself. You should only choose high quality products if you wish to experience aloe vera’s healing potential – which generally means looking for those that are organic, food grade, unadulterated, and highly concentrated.
Or, to guarantee that your aloe vera is fresh and pure, try keeping an aloe vera plant, and making your own simple remedies from the gel – it really is very easy!
Find out more about the amazing range of aloe vera health benefits – there’s more to this wonderful plant than has been discussed here! And if you decide to try aloe vera for yourself, and want to experience just how versatile it really is, I recommend learning about these simple aloe vera remedies that you can make at home with little cost, and equally little fuss.
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