Aloe Vera: A Refreshing and Healing Medicinal Plant

· October 23, 2014
Aloe vera is an amazing plant that has been used to treat many different skin conditions. Read all about this amazing plant in this article!

Aloe vera, also known as the miracle plant, has been used for a long time due to its numerous beneficial properties that may help regenerate, refresh, and heal your skin. It’s also good for general health.

There are roughly 250 species of aloe vera plants. Aloe barbadensis is the species that has the greatest medicinal properties.

In ancient Egypt, aloe was used for women’s skincare. Other examples of conditions that can be helped by aloe are heartburn, gastric ulcers, constipation, dermatitis, dandruff, inflammation, wrinkles, and dry skin, among others.

Studies are being carried out on the effects of aloe vera on conditions such as diabetes, cholesterol, and auto-immune diseases.

Skin benefits

Aloe vera for skin.

In regards to skin benefits, aloe has antiseptic, bactericide, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties. It may help reduce suppurations and prevent germs from entering wounds by forming a protective layer.

It’s very useful for acne and sunburns. Aloe vera can accelerate the healing process and can prevent infections in damaged skin.

You must keep in mind, however, that you should limit its use to minor wounds, and not deep and serious wounds. This could aggravate them because of its ability to increase blood flow to the area.

Internal use

This plant’s internal uses are also well-known. You can make an aloe vera juice at home (seek professional advice for these preparations) to reap its benefits or you could also buy it.

Read more here: 6 Ways to Use Aloe Vera for Better Health

Contraindications of aloe vera

Avoid consuming aloe vera during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The components in this plant can produce uterine contraindications, which could be associated with miscarriages or premature birth. Children younger than 12 should also avoid using it.

Generally, external skin use has no limitations. But, in order to rule out any potential allergy to this plant, you can do a simple test. Place a little bit of aloe vera gel on the inside part of your arm and wait for 20 to 30 minutes. If no reaction occurs during this time, you can safely use this plant.

This plant shouldn’t be used with medications or medicinal herbs that are diuretic, laxative, used to reduce blood sugar levels, anticoagulants, and corticosteroids, along with others. Aloe could strengthen the effects of these medications.

Caution…

For best results, if you’re using any medication, you should first mention this to your doctor before consuming aloe vera. They can advise you as to what is best for your health.

As we all already know, any medicinal plant or natural remedy should be consumed responsibly. Remember that just because it’s found in nature, doesn’t mean you can use it without limits or in large amounts.

Discover: Skin Treatments with Aloe Vera

Any sort of natural treatment needs consistency and patience. It would also be recommendable to consult a naturopath so they can indicate the correct way of using it, according to your special situation, be it internally or externally, or the duration of treatment.

The new drugs that exist out there could have many side effects, which we generally don’t pay any attention to. Thus, we should lean a little toward Mother Nature. We could use what we find freely in nature, following the advice of trained individuals.

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