Aloe Vera is one of the few plants with many talents! It is utilized and idolized in many industries such as beauty, health care, food, and toiletry. The Aloe Vera plant is easily identified by its long vibrant green leaves, and when the leaf is cut open, it contains slim-like watery gel. This is good stuff!
Aloe Vera is a high demand plant in the market estimating $13 billion a year in global trading according to an NCBI study. The plant is originated in South Africa, where it was discovered about 16 million years ago. Since then, its awareness of its uniqueness has been spread across the world.
If there’s a problem that needs fixing, aloe vera is your guy…well plant.
- Treats skin conditions – Aloe Vera gel is an excellent solution to healing sunburns, small open wounds, eczema, and even treating acne. The amusing and famous actress, Drew Barrymore, is a die-hard advocate for aloe Vera in her skincare. In a Women’s Health article, it elaborates over Barrymore’s social media post that received traffic after demonstrating how raw aloe Vera erased her red blemish in just a couple days! “The plant hormones auxin and gibberellins, for example, promote growth and play a role in wound-healing response” explains board-certified M.D., Lauren Fine, in the article.
- Great source of antioxidants -Aloe Vera is filled with many vitamins and nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E, folic acid and many other minerals. It is best to consume by drinking aloe vera juice. According to Healthline, “Aloe Vera is one of the only plant sources of vitamin B-12, too.” B-12 helps maintain healthy blood cells and restore energy, which can be difficult for people who are vegan or vegetarian because B-12 is usually consumed through animal-based foods.
- Helps Regulate Digestive system – Aloe Vera is great for resolving complications with constipation, reflux, heartburn, &, etc. by promoting good bacteria in the gut and soothing skin tissue lining in the stomach and the esophagus. Medical News shares in its’ informative article that aloe vera is an established “natural laxative” and this effect come from the plants’ external compounds known as the anthraquinones.
- Great for nourishing hair – Aloe Vera is great for treating a dry scalp such as dandruff. Simply message the aloe gel into the scalp or even cover all the hair like a mask. The plant is water-based, so it can be very hydrating for your hair.
When using aloe vera externally or internally, try to gravitate to fresh organic products. To receive all the great benefits the plant has to offer, it is ideal stray away from those that have added chemicals or are colored, as safety awareness. For additional facts or concerns for incorporating aloe vera into your routines, don’t hesitate to ask your trusted doctor for what’s best for your health.