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The Magical Uses of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera leaf and oil

One of nature’s most versatile plants, Aloe Vera is the bee’s knees when it comes to helping us look and feel good the natural way. From age-defying skin products and facial treatments through to delicious, antioxidant-rich drinks and even dental care items, its therapeutic benefits have been used for thousands of years and improved the wellbeing of millions.

What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe Vera is found in tropical locations such as South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (lovely and warm) and comes from the plant family Liliaceae, of which garlic and onions are members – a very healing family!

It can grow up to 4 feet tall with leaves growing up to 36 inches long, containing a clear gel in its leaves that is normally used on the skin, while a yellow sap taken from the leaf base is used internally.

Packed with super-natural nutrition, it contains an extensive range of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, glycoproteins, polysaccharides and fatty acids.

What are the benefits of Aloe Vera?

Think of any vitamin or mineral and this plant probably has it! There’s calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium just to name a few. Here comes the science:

  • It’s glycoproteins are responsible for healing pain and inflammation and polysaccharides are thought to support skin growth and repair whilst boosting white blood cells in your immune system. As if that wasn’t enough it also contains plant sterols important for HCL cholesterol which lowers bad fats in the blood
  • It’s helpful in reducing allergy symptoms and acid indigestion
  • It’s a well-known adaptogen – boosting the body’s natural ability to adapt to resist illness
  • It soothes and cleanses the digestive tract, ultimately helping you to lose weight
  • It’s a gelatinous plant food that when swallowed travels through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins
  • It lowers the risk of heart disease by improving circulation, blood pressure and oxidation of the blood
  • It also acts as a disinfectant, anti-biotic, antibacterial and antiseptic!

Now you know why Aloe Vera is good for you, here’s all the ways you can use it. But remember, it’s a very potent little plant so should be used in small quantities…

Aloe Vera for hair

This magical plant has long been used as a hair growth remedy. Although there is no scientific studies, the recommendation to use Aloe Vera for hair growth has been passed through the generations, as a natural, traditional hair care method. It is thought that the amino acids, vitamins and fatty acids within the plant is what makes it such a key part of the hair care routine.

You can also use Aloe Vera for dandruff. Studies have found that its antibacterial and antiseptic properties can help reduce scalp irritation, as well as its moisturising effect helping to combat the itchiness and flaking of the scalp. You can use an Aloe Vera hair mask or shampoo, or cut the gel straight from the plant and apply to your hair. However, it’s worth noting that natural remedies do not always have the same results for everyone.

Aloe Vera gel for face

There are so many face creams, lotions and potions that it can be difficult knowing which ones to use, but this plant  is a great natural option. It comes in many forms from an Aloe Vera face wash, to scrub, or face cream – you just have to find the one that’s right for you!

You can also use Aloe Vera for acne and dark spots. Its anti-inflammatory properties have been said to help reduce pimples in mild acne cases and seen good results alongside acne medication for severe acne. You can apply the gel to the skin in replace of a cleanser or mix up a homemade facemask with coconut oil. You can also use Aloe Vera gel for dark circles. However, with any under eye treatment it’s imperative that you do not get any in your eye.

Aloe Vera for skin

Using Aloe Vera gel for eczema is just one of the many ways this magical plant is being applied to treat dermatological conditions. Its moisturising effect helps to hydrate the skin which helps to reduce the tight feeling of eczema.

Stretch marks are a common occurrence that everyone has their own remedy for. But did you know you can use Aloe Vera gel for stretch marks? Simply cut open the leaf and scrape the gel out, then gently rub onto your stretch marks. Leave for around 20 minutes and let its healing properties work their magic!

Aloe Vera sunburn

Aloe Vera has been used as a natural after sun for years. Studies have found that the gel can help with the healing process of skin burns thanks to a compound called aloin. This has anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties that helps prevent peeling.

It’s this soothing power that has led to it being used for other treatments such as for second degree burns. This is because it helps with circulation, whilst reducing inflammation and the growth of harmful bacteria. It is recommended to use the gel straight from the leaf of the plant in order to reap its full benefits.

Aloe Vera Drinks

Last, but not least, there are a wide variety of drinks for you to enjoy! The most popular is Aloe Vera juice. As well as the common health benefits like hydration and being good for skin, there are a number of other positives to drinking this wonderful plant. It’s been found to promote a healthy liver, provide relief from heartburn and has a range of digestive benefits such as helping with IBS.

There’s also Aloe Vera water and Aloe Vera smoothies you can try. As ingredients go, it has quite a strong taste so it’s best to mix it with yummy fruits like strawberry or banana and a dairy-free milk like coconut or almond milk for the perfect smoothie.

Overall, this plant is pretty magical! There is so much you can do with the gel to boost your health and wellbeing. So what are you waiting for? Pick up a plant today and have the best home remedy sitting on your window shelf, ready for when you next need it!

For even more amazing health and well-being tips checkout our blogs on everything from self-care packages to how to grow fruit and vegetables without a garden.

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