Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant that grows wild in dry, tropical, and sub-tropical areas around the world. It can also be grown easily inside as a potted plant.
You’re probably already familiar with using Aloe Vera to treat sunburns. It’s widely sold in gels and spray, and can be found in the first-aid section of your pharmacy, or with the sun-block sprays and gels. But Aloe Vera has dozens of other uses. There is significant scientific research that shows Aloe Vera can be helpful for many ailments.
Here are 10 that you wouldn’t expect:
You can use Aloe Vera on your skin even when you don’t have a sun-burn. The plant stores water, and when you spread it on your skin, it helps keep it hydrated.
Everyone gets a minor burn in the kitchen at some point. Whether you accidentally touch a hot pan, or get splattered with grease. Rubbing Aloe Vera can treat the burn, and relieve pain. Caution: this is only for minor burns. Seek medical help for more serious burns.
Annoying bites from mosquitoes and gnats are common in warm months. No matter how much spray you put on, they always seem to get you. Spreading Aloe Vera on the bite can help it heal faster. It also relieves some of that annoying itch.
Aloe Vera is good for hydrating skin, so it works well as a shaving cream. Because it’s slippery, you’ll get a nice, close shave.
Using Aloe Vera as a conditioner for your hair gives you a silkier look. It can also help reduce dandruff.
Treat Athlete’s Foot:
Athlete’s Foot is a fungus (and an annoying one). Aloe Vera is a natural anti-fungal, so spreading it on your itchy foot will help rid you of the problem.
Aloe Vera juice can help stop acid in your stomach from forming, and prevent acid reflux. Ultimately, that will reduce your risk of stomach ulcers.
Drinking Aloe Vera juice can help improve your digestion, and because it has a laxative effect, prevent constipation.
Drinking Aloe Vera juice will help lower cholesterol. This aids in your overall cardiac health, and may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Rinsing your mouth with Aloe Vera juice has been shown to be just as effective as using mouthwash. This reduces plaque on your teeth, and prevents tooth and gum decay. Using Aloe Vera will also speed up the healing process if you have canker sores.
Overall, you can use Aloe Vera for many minor ailments. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says that topical use of Aloe Vera is well tolerated. Watch for side-effects like burning, and itching, and see your doctor if you have a reaction. The major concern about taking Aloe Vera orally is that it may cause abdominal pain and cramps. Finally, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, talk to your doctor before using Aloe Vera in any form.
You’re invited to comment below in case that you know about more applications for this amazing plant.