Aloe Vera - The Miracle Plant
The chances are that you are familiar with aloe vera and most likely have used it before. It was probably when you needed a skin relief after many hours spent in the sun. Aloe Vera is a sunbather’s saviour (especially the burnt one!) but it’s not only an effective after sun treatment, it has so much more to offer!
Aloe vera plant grows in tropical climates. It is used for both, agricultural and medicinal purposes. It is characterised by thick, fleshy leaves that contain gel like liquid. The gel is made up of useful compounds that makes the plant a valuable ingredient.
As it was already mentioned aloe vera is a great remedy for sunburnt skin, but it can help with more than that. According to a study aloe vera has been found effective at treating first and second-degree burns.
Rashes and irritations
Aloe vera has achieved positive results as a natural, healing treatment of various skin conditions. It has been used for years as an effective remedy for rashes, itchy skin, allergic reactions and eczema.
Aloe vera can be helpful when it comes to reducing aging sign on the skin. Although the research regarding this is still being conducted some studies have concluded that topical use of aloe vera gel can boost collagen production, increase skins elasticity and even minimize the redness of skin.
Medical article, published in 2013, states aloe vera may play some role in slowing the progression of breast cancer. It is thought to be due to emodin, which is found in the leaves of the plant. Yes, this is the big one and more extensive research needs to be done to prove the theory, but the evidence is really encouraging.
Aloe vera has moisturising properties, ant-inflammatory compounds, anti-fungal properties and cleansing enzymes and because of that it can prove helpful for those that suffer from itchy scalp and dandruff.
With so many benefits it offers it shouldn’t be just a sunburn rescue treatment it should be a go-to-treatment all year round. Thanks to continuous research we might see even more great uses for this miracle plant. It looks like there could be more to be uncovered.
Note: However extremely uncommon, some people may have an allergic reaction to aloe vera gel. To be safe it is always advised to test a small area of the skin.