For centuries, the gel of the aloe vera plant has been used as a soothing topical remedy for minor burns and wounds. Aloe vera is a succulent plant species that probably originated in northern Africa. The species is frequently cited as being used in herbal medicine since the beginning of the first century AD. Aloe Vera has been cited to have many topical and internal uses, there is, however, little scientific evidence of the effectiveness or safety of Aloe vera extracts for either cosmetic or medicinal purposes, and what positive evidence is available is frequently contradicted by other studies.
But many people swear by the effectiveness of Aloe Vera and use it to treat a wide variety of ailments which include topical uses and internal uses. Aloe Vera Gel is great to help soothe pain and regenerate new skin cells and has antibacterial properties so helps fight bacteria and avoids infection. Use it topically on skin abrasions, cuts, sunburn, scalds, blisters, cold sores, rashes and insect bites. Apply 2-3 times a day. It can also be used as a moisturiser as it has great water retention properties and absorbs into the skin easily. Include it as an ingredient when making your own moisturisers or apply by itself. Aloe Vera is also great in hair care, apply to the scalp for treatment of dandruff, dermatitis, or psoriasis. Substitute Aloe Vera Gel for your natural styling as a hair gel.
Aloe Vera has many internal uses including healing mouth ulcers, it strengthens gums and promotes strong and healthy teeth. It also has laxative properties which is effective in relieving digestive problems like stomach aches, heartburn, bloating and constipation amongst others. Before using Aloe Vera internally please seek medical advice from your doctor or a medical professional.
Aloe Vera can be used directly from the plant. For convenience Aloe Vera is now found quite easily on shelves of health food shops in different forms such as the plant, powder, gel or drink form. Look for items where there is no colour or fragrance added and that it is 100% Aloe Vera!!