Aloe Vera is a hugely popular medicinal plant.
For thousands of years, people have exploited its benefits, and it’s not hard to see why. The Aloe Vera plants’ thick, fleshy green leaves harness bioactive compounds, and the gel-like substance found here has so many medicinal properties.
In addition to being consumed as a juice, Aloe Vera can be applied topically in a lotion like BahamaBrown, with lots of positive benefits for a number of skin conditions and complaints.
Firstly, the plant has both antioxidant and antibacterial properties, so can form a great cream to be applied to cuts and grazes – an essential in the home first aid kit.
As a topical product, the key benefit offered by Aloe Vera, is its ability to instantly soothe sun burn or irritated skin, ultimately stopping itching and encouraging regeneration of skin cells.
Let’s look in a little more detail, at just why Aloe Vera is so awesome…
1 - Soothing Irritating Skin Conditions
The soothing qualities of Aloe Vera make it ideal for calming rashes and skin irritations. In fact, Aloe Vera has been widely used to manage conditions including psoriasis, dermatitis, and surgical wounds. By minimizing disruption from itching Aloe Vera ultimately allows skin free time to regenerate. Used as an antifungal and antimicrobial agent, Aloe Vera also has uses for conditions such as athlete’s foot.
2 - Can Aloe Vera Heal Cold Sores?
Cold sores are extremely unpleasant, being difficult to cover up, as well as being itchy or painful. Aloe Vera can ease the discomfort experienced by cold sores due to the antiviral and anti-inflammatory qualities it possesses, allowing the skin to heal more quickly. Containing vitamin B1, B2, and B6, Aloe Vera provides natural pain relief and supports the immune system in this area.
3 - Burns
Aloe Vera is already available from pharmacists as a medication to heal burns. By preventing UV-induced suppression, the area heals at a faster rate. The general soothing and cooling qualities also prevent itching while the skin heals.
4 - Good For The Scalp
While we have already mentioned psoriasis, it’s worth mentioning that Aloe Vera is useful for a whole host of hair and scalp conditions. Dry hair or an itchy scalp can be really uncomfortable, and the vitamins and minerals contained within Aloe Vera can re-nourish, and soothe the area quickly. Assisting with dandruff, the antibacterial and antifungal properties assist with inflammation and remove bacteria from the scalp.
With so many modern shampoos and hair products packed full of chemicals, Aloe Vera products are a safe and soothing alternative.
5 - Removing Dental Plaque
Remarkably, Aloe Vera has also shown the ability to assist with reducing dental plaque build-up. Using a toothpaste that contains Aloe Vera for 24 weeks can show impressive results.
6 - An All-Round Moisturizer?
Aloe Vera can be used generally and on a daily basis to moisturize skin. Many daily-use products contain Aloe Vera, using its beneficial properties to keep skin looking and feeling healthy.
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