Aloe Vera is a plant that grows wild in tropical climates all around the globe, it has many agricultural as well as medicinal uses and benefits. Aloe has been used for centuries but is currently more popular than it has ever been. Aloe is a genus that contains over 500 species!
Aloe Vera, specifically, has been widely used for:
- Herbal remedies
- Food supplements
Aloe Vera has been used for many centuries in China, Egypt, Greece, India, Japan and Mexico. The earliest record of Aloe Vera being used is in the 16th century BC, we know this from the Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian medical record.
Now, let’s get to the actual benefits of this miracle plant. Scientists have proven that Aloe Vera is as good, if not better, at fighting cavities. This plant is great for your teeth and gums. You will have to buy tooth gels that contain Aloe Vera in them.
This plant is also very beneficial for your skin. A study in the University of Naples, Italy did a test using five different tropical creams on patients with breast cancer that were receiving radiation therapy. One of these five creams contained Aloe.
They took 100 patients and divided into five groups. Each group was to use a different tropical cream. These creams were to be applied twice daily fifteen days before the therapy and carried out one month after the therapy. Every week, the patients would go through a skin assessment. At the end of the six weeks, the scientists concluded that all five creams were equally good at reducing the incidence of skin side effects.
The Aloe Vera plant is not only beneficial for preventing skin side effects, but also a great medicine for wounds from second degree burns! The Aloe Vera gel was compared to one percent silver sulphadiazine (SSD) cream for the treatment of second degree burn wounds. In the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, they reported that patients treated with the Aloe vera gel healed remarkably faster than the ones treated with one percent silver suphadiazine. Not only that, but the patients using the Aloe Vera gel had earlier pain relief than the patients using SSD cream.
This plant doesn’t only have medical benefits, but it also has cosmetic benefits. Most makeup removing creams or lotions have many chemicals that dry your skin out in them, but using a Aloe Vera based makeup removers leaves the skin feeling refreshed as well as clean of all the makeup.
Aloe Vera can also be used as a face wash, here is a little DIY you can do for a great Aloe Vera based face wash:
Mix one tablespoon of Aloe Vera with one teaspoon of almond milk and one teaspoon of lemon. Apply this on your face and let it sit for a few minutes, and then gently rinse it off. This face wash can prevent breakouts and rosacea, it is perfect for sensitive skin.
Aloe Vera can also be used as an eyebrow gel by dipping a clean mascara wand into Aloe Vera gel. This will help your eyebrows to stay put without getting heavy or sticky.
Many recipes can be searched up for DIY Aloe Vera creams, sprays and treatments. Aloe Vera is significantly a good ingredient for dry skin, acne, and overall sensitive skin since it is a natural and soothing plant.
As you can see, this plant really is a miracle plant and deserves the title. It seems there’s nothing this plant can’t do from anti-aging to healing wounds! I think now would be a great time to get an Aloe Vera plant since they can also grow perfectly well in pots at home!