There are several homeopathic remedies that have been proven to provide numerous health benefits. For example, garlic can be used to treat everything from infections to boost cognition; apple cider vinegar can ease indigestion and treat sinus infections. There’s another natural remedy that you should consider keeping handy in your medicine cabinet and pantry, too: aloe vera.
Often referred to as the ‘wonder plant,’ aloe vera is a succulent plant. Inside the leaves of this plant lies aloe vera gel. It is this gel that has been used for medical purposes for centuries, and it has become even more popular in recent years. It is widely used in a multitude of ways. It can be found in food, lotions, supplements, and even cosmetics. The earliest recorded use of aloe vera dates back to the 16th century BC. The ancient Egyptians coined it ‘the plant of immortality’ and used it in a variety of ways.
It turns out that many of the health benefits that aloe is touted for have actually been backed by science. If there’s one homeopathic product you should have in your home, its aloe vera.
Here’s a look at 20 benefits aloe vera can provide.
1. Improves digestion
Aloe his both anti-inflammatory and laxative components, and these components can help to improve digestion. The juice of the aloe vera plant not only aids in digestion, but also reduces the formation of yeast within the digestive tract, balances pH levels, regulates the bowels, and promotes bacteria that help with digestion. Several studies have revealed that these properties of aloe vera can improve digestion in a number of ways. It has been found to reduce the effects of irritable bowel syndrome, reduced the production of gas, and lowered the levels of gastric acids.
2. It a detoxifier
Aloe vera has strong detoxifying properties. The benefits of these properties can be experienced both when aloe vera is ingested and when it is applied topically. Scientists believe that the detoxifying nature of the aloe vera plant lies in the plant’s highly viscous gel. It is thought that this gel can help to expel toxins from the body, which can help to improve your overall health and well being. One study found that aloe vera supplements actually protects against oxidative stress.
3. Strengthens the immune system
Aloe vera contains enzymes that help your body break down the proteins you eat into amino acids. It then changes those enzymes into fuel that every cell in the body uses. This allows for improved function of the cells. Aloe contains bradykinesia, which activates the immune system and helps it kill off infections. It also contains zinc, which plays a vital part in maintaining the function of the immune system. In short, aloe vera can help to strengthen your immune system, making you less susceptible to illness and disease.
4. Eases constipation
Aloe vera can also be beneficial as a laxative. It is comprised of anthraquinones, which serve as a powerful laxative, as they can increase levels of water in the intestines, stimulate the secretion of mucus, and increase peristalsis motion. In a study that involved 28 healthy adults who were troubled by constipation, aloe vera was found to provide a latex effect, making it a natural remedy for constipation. If you are suffering from constipation, try drinking aloe vera juice or take a supplement that contains aloe vera to improve the function of your bowels.
5. Scalp and hair moisturizer
If you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp, aloe vera could provide the relief you are looking for. The nourishing properties of this plant, coupled with the wealth of vitamins and minerals it contains, have the ability to soothe a dry, itchy scalp. Add to that the fact that aloe vera has antifungal properties, and it can also be used to treat dandruff, as it rids the scalp of accumulated dead skin cells. It also encourages the re-growth of skin tissue surrounding the follicles, thereby promoting the growth of healthy hair.
6. Cold sore relief
If you have developed a cold sore, instead of reaching for a medicated lip balm to treat it, try applying some aloe vera gel. The anti-inflammatory properties can ease the swelling and pain that are associated with cold sores. It can also help to increase healing time, thanks to its antiviral properties. Lastly, aloe vera is filled with several beneficial nutrients, including vitamins B1, B2, B6, and C, as well as amino acids, which can also help to speed up the healing time of a cold sore.
7. Burn relief
If you have sustained a burn as a result of making contact with a hot surface, aloe vera can provide soothing relief. The anti-inflammatory properties of this plant can reduce the pain caused by a burn. Also, this plant can help to reduce the time it takes to heal from a burn. If you have suffered a burn, simply snap off a leave of an aloe vera plant and apply the gel that lies inside the leaf directly to the affected site. Within moments, you should notice a significant decrease in your pain.
8. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Aloe vera can also be a powerful way to reduce the visible effects of aging. This plant is full of antioxidants that combat the damage caused by free radicals; damage that can be visible on the surface of the skin in the form of fine lines and wrinkles. This is why so many skin moisturizers and cosmetics are comprised of aloe vera. You can certainly use one of these products, or you can forego their expense and the possibility of being exposed to potentially damaging additives and apply aloe vera gel directly sourced from the plant to your skin.
9. Heals the gums
If you suffer from periodontal disease or any other condition that causes inflammation of the gums, give aloe vera a try. Drinking aloe vera juice could significantly lower the inflammation in the gums, thanks to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties that this juice contains. Additionally, the antiviral properties in the juice can also help to kill off harmful bacteria. As a result, aloe vera can prove to be highly beneficial for treating and preventing gum disease, infections in the gums, and irritation of the gums.
10. Improved skin
If you want to gain more youthful, radiant-looking skin, give aloe vera a try. Applying aloe vera gel topically and drinking aloe vera juice can do wonders for improving the health and the appearance of your skin. It helps to hydrate the cells and infuses the skin with a variety of vitamins and minerals. As a result, skin inflammation is significantly reduced, harmful bacteria are kept at bay, and the elasticity of your skin will improve. It can also help to reduce the appearance of unsightly blemishes.