Medicinal Uses of Aloe Vera
Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel
Discover the medicinal uses of aloe vera with aloe vera remedies.
Aloe vera is a household treasure. It’s easy to keep a live plant around the house, and the uses of this plant are so numerous that it’s worth having a few. Some people use it for beauty, others for food, but the most miraculous uses of aloe vera are medicinal. The medicinal uses of aloe vera are still being discovered, but there’s a few everyone should know.
First and foremost, aloe vera is absolutely the best thing you can put on a minor burn. This is by far the most widely attested and well documented uses of this plant. Not only does the gel protect the burned skin, it also usually makes the burn heal faster. It is said that aloe vera helps the skin form new cells, which shortens healing time. It can also prevent blisters from forming if applied quickly enough. Moreover, the gel cools the painful burn, which makes it feel better.
Aloe vera is also sometimes used on small cuts. It is thought that aloe vera prevents infection. Many people with any number of skin problems, such as psoriasis, rashes, or even herpes, find that aloe vera can do a lot to improve their condition.
In many cases, no other treatment is needed, but some people use aloe as a component in a cure they mix themselves. Aloe vera soothes problems like itching and burning and helps decrease the appearance of problems such as rashes. While aloe vera cannot cure the underlying condition causing these problems, it can treat the surface symptoms.
Aloe vera also has many uses internally. For internal medicinal uses of aloe vera, the plant is usually consumed in the form of juice. No more than a few ounces are needed to achieve the best possible effects from this plant. There are few known side effects to using aloe vera internally, although nausea is one possible problem. Side effects are virtually nonexistent with proper dosage and juice preparation.
The primary internal use of aloe vera is regulation of digestive functions. It is thought that the plant can help to cure ulcers and cleanse the colon. Some people believe that aloe vera also improves circulation, stimulates cell growth, and strengthens immune functions.
Using aloe vera internally may also help with problems that manifest themselves on the skin, such as psoriasis. It is considered particularly beneficial to take aloe vera for medicinal purposes when experiencing a bacterial or fungal infection, as the aloe vera is gentle on the body but can rid it of these uncomfortable conditions completely. The mechanism by which the plant accomplishes the majority of these functions is unknown, but believers swear by their aloe juice cures.
Now, it’s clear that not all reported medicinal uses of aloe vera are an effective way to use this plant. For instance, reports that aloe vera stops cancer or HIV are completely ridiculous, as are all other snake oil cures. Even more moderate claims of the functions of aloe vera may be exaggerated or completely incorrect. Even so, when generations of knowledge about natural medicine hold up aloe vera as an appropriate remedy, you’ve got to at least give it a shot. So, next time you have a cut, a burn, or indigestion, give aloe vera a try!
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