Sure, we’ve all heard that Aloe Vera plants are great for sunburns. I’m sure Mom had a bottle of Aloe Vera kept in the medicine cabinet just for those hot summer days.
But did you know Aloe Vera, specifically the plant itself has a lot more uses than just treating sunburns? In fact, the practice of using Aloe Vera has been around since Ancient Egypt and Roman Eras.
Treat Skin Conditions
Besides using Aloe to treat cuts and burns, you can also use it as a face mask to help moisturize and treat acne. Because it is a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps to calm itchy, red skin caused by eczema, rosacea etc.
Helps Hair Growth and Dry Scalp
When applied as a hair mask, it coats the hair and moisturizes the follicles. The same way it helps the rest of your skin, it can be used to treat psoriasis, dry and itchy scalp and help remove build up.
A surprising benefit: it can be used daily as a mouthwash. Because of the antibacterial properties, it helps to heal any candida infections, bad breath and healthy, strong teeth. Definitely better than that alcoholic burn you get from the OTC mouth washes.
Aids in Digestion
Did you know you can ingest Aloe Vera? In fact, it is one of the more common uses of the plant today. Studies have found that using the gel in juices, smoothies, and other recipes helps to cleanse the digestive tract and eases conditions like IBS, cramping and bloating.
Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Another benefit to adding Aloe into your diet? It can act as a natural diabetic medication. While we don’t recommend replacing your prescriptions, studies have shown that when diabetic patients consumed Aloe plants regularly, they were able to keep a more consistent blood sugar level. Always be sure to consult your doctor before making any changes.
Purifies Your Home
Aloe is a great choice to keep in all areas of the house, especially if you suffer from conditions like asthma. It’s an air purification powerhouse because it will slowly release oxygen all night long. It’s also great for absorbing chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde out of the air.
The next time you think about picking up a new plant, take a look at Aloe Vera. They’re commonly found in the garden centre at your local supermarkets or supercentres. Super easy to take care of, and can last you a long time!