Aloe vera is a medicinal and versatile member of the succulent plant family. While its most well known uses are for sunburn and to soothe skin, it can have many other benefits. These are as an oil, cream, soap, as well as for internal use.
The uses for aloe vera seem as endless as your imagination with recipes popping up online for lotions, face masks, hair rinse and massage oils. Anecdotal evidence suggests the benefit of aloe vera in a variety of uses however here we’ve put down just four keys reasons to consider the health benefits of aloe vera.
Heart health. Scientific studies (including recent research that appeared in the medical journal Angiology) have given aloe vera a big tick when it comes to improving heart health. The theory goes that the high Vitamin C content improves circulation and makes arteries and veins stronger. Aloe vera also appears to reduce fat levels in patients who have high cholesterol. The studies also indicate that aloe vera taken internally will help regulate the heart rhythm, lower blood pressure and reduces occurrence of angina attacks.
Sunburn and skin conditions. The secret of aloe vera’s potency as a cream is its leaf pulp, which is full of fibre and nutrients. When applied to the skin (carefully and in small doses), it has a cooling effect and is therefore fantastic for the relief of sunburn and as a general skin tonic for certain skin conditions.
Aloe vera for general skincare. Aloe vera gel has soothing and cooling properties and is a leading remedy for sunburn. But along with this, did you know it is also said to be useful in treating acne scars, minor skin infections, and dry skin? Aloe vera gel will also assist in repairing and protecting damaged skin if applied with care. Indeed this is not just a recent discovery as legend has it that Cleopatra used aloe vera as a conditioner for her famous skin.
Disinfectant and antibacterial. With the key active ingredients of phenol, sulphur, salicylic acid, cinnamic acid and urea nitrogen, aloe vera has few peers as a disinfectant and antibacterial agent. It will help in the treatment of fungal and viral infections.
At Aussie Health Products we encourage you to try out the wide variety of healthy properties of the aloe vera plant. However as with everything, we counsel you to exercise caution. Seek the advice of a professional naturopath or doctor before taking internally or use with skin conditions and always use as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Aloe vera is an extraordinarily versatile plant, one with a range of healing properties. From use as a super oil in a massage, to a healthy and nutritious drink, to a nourishing skin cream, the plant just keeps on giving. Why not replace your expensive creams, lotions and tonics with a natural alternative?