There are so many health benefits when it comes to the Aloe Vera Plant. Aloe Vera is a long-time used medicinal plant that has many uses in the area of health and wellness.
I love keeping an aloe vera plant on hand for the occasional burn, and even for making aloe vera juice. Taking aloe vera juice internally is sooooo good for us! It’s a pity that more people don’t realize the amazing health benefits aloe vera has.
While Aloe Vera is about 99% water, the remaining 1% contains powerful nutrients that work together to provide various medicinal and health values.
These ingredients include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, anthraquinone, enzymes, lignins, saponins, fatty acids, and salicylic acid.
Each one of these categories could have their article in their right, regarding the individual molecules and ongoing studies into their effects. For the purpose of this post, I really want to focus on all the properties of Aloe Vera working together and the benefits they provide.
If you prefer, you can watch the video above or read on.
1. Promotes Good Digestion
Aloe Vera contains both anti-inflammatory and laxative components. As a result, Aloe Vera juice can normalize acidity and balance pH to lessen the formation of yeast. This encourages good digestive bacteria, and regularizes the entire digestive system.
The gel of the Aloe Vera plant has a protective effect against burn damage to the skin. When Aloe Vera is used on burns, it allows the area to heal at a faster rate. This is good for minor sunburns or other minor burns.
For serious burns, definitely seek medical help immediately (psst.. Lavender essential oil is also a good natural remedy for burns – combining aloe and lavender in a poultice is a great overall remedy for minor burns).
3. Cold Sores
When used a few times a day, Aloe Vera eases discomfort and speeds the healing process of cold cores thanks to its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
Since Aloe Vera is also safe to be consumed by mouth, there is no fear of adverse effects from swallowing it.
4. Balances Blood Sugar
Aloe Vera has been shown to reduce the levels of blood glucose and serum triglyceride concentrations. This makes it a possible good choice for Diabetics, as a natural way to balance blood sugar (source).
5. Moisturizer for Hair and Scalp
The many nutrients found in Aloe Vera support and promote the health of your hair and scalp. It can help naturally curb the dreaded dandruff and dryness of the scalp that causes itching.
6. Supports the Immune System
Enzymes in Aloe Vera help break down protein in food to turn them into amino acids that feed muscle and also fuel cells in the body. This ultimately promotes healthy functioning and gives a natural boost to the immune system.
7. Reduces Inflammation
As mentioned above, there are an incredible number of vitamins and minerals present in Aloe vera. These aid in the reduction of inflammation, while fighting free radical damage.
8. Possible Cancer Fighting Properties
While there is more research that needs to be done, a study that was published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at the therapeutic properties of one of the compounds in the plant’s leaves, called Aloe Emodin. The authors suggest that Aloe shows potential to slow the growth of breast cancer. It isn’t conclusive evidence, but definitely something to consider! You can read more about this study here.
9 Soothes Minor Skin Irritations
Topical applications of Aloe Vera have been seen to be effective in helping things like psoriasis, dermatitis, surgical wounds, and many other skin conditions.
A study that was done in 1996 at the Department of Clinical Physiology in Sweden included sixty patients who suffered from psoriasis. Half were given an Aloe Vera cream, and the other half were given a placebo. The cure rate among those who received Aloe Vera was eighty-three percent compared to seven percent in the placebo group. There were also no relapses reported after twelve months (source).
Aloe vera is easy to find just about anywhere. You can do like I do and grow aloe plants at home, or you can purchase aloe gel, latex, juice, and extracts in your local health food store.
Just be careful to read the labels of any Aloe products you are purchasing to ensure they are certified, as not all aloe products are going to produce the same benefits. Fresh is always best, but do your best to avoid products that are highly processed or contain additives.
Having plants at home really is the easiest and least expensive way to reap all of the benefits of Aloe Vera on a regular basis. And as you can see from the following picture of mine, they can get really big!
If this has convinced you to start growing your own aloe at home or buy some fresh aloe at the store, then be sure to give my homemade aloe vera juice recipe a try!
Do you have an aloe plant and use it for its medicinal qualities? What’s your favorite use?