Studies of aloe have revealed many uses. Here is a list of benefits and some things to avoid.
- Aloe adds relief and promotes healing from burns. Smear some fresh juice on skin suffering from sunburn or cooking burns for instant relief. Keep a potted aloe plant growing near a window and you’ll have instant burn relief at your fingertips.1
- Use aloe topically to ease inflammation of joints, reducing arthritis pain. Some studies have shown that it can be taken internally for inflammatory relief as well. Be careful that the aloe you eat or drink does not have any aloe latex (found as a yellow material just under the plant skin). IAloe latex has powerful laxative properties that can keep you visiting the toilet all day. All of the laxative producing companies that included aloe’s latex in their mixtures were forced to take them off the market by the FDA in 2002 because they could not provide the necessary safety data. Some studies have shown that aloe latex required larger and larger doses for the same results. These larger doses were a top concern for the FDA because of kidney damage and cancer.2
- Mix aloe and honey for an acne-fighting face mask. Mix one tablespoon of aloe vera gel (either from the aloe leaf or from a bottle purchased at a health food store – one with no chemical additives) with 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Combine these two ingredients in a bowl, mixing well. Externally apply to the affected area and let it work for 20-25 minutes. Rinse with warm water.3
- The antibacterial and skin softening properties in aloe vera soothes and softens psoriasis and other skin conditions. Plus it makes a great shave cream. 4
- Aloe plus lemon helps clean the scalp of dead skin cells and balances the hair pH. Researchers have even noted improvements in hair growth. 5
- Add Aloe to your first aid kit. It treats cuts, scrapes, burns, bites, stings, punctures, sprains and even bruises. It works by simultaneously sealing a wound while attracting an increased flow of blood to the wound accelerating healing. It also kills bacteria, prevents infection and actually nourishes traumatized tissue.6
- About half of the American population suffers from hemorrhoids. Simply apply aloe vera to the rectal area for relief of painful burning and itching.7
- Taken internally, aloe has curative effects on numerous digestive disorders including IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease.6
- There’s research being done currently on the anti-cancer effects of acemannan, a phytonutrient found in aloe vera.8
Currently there are many other studies underway that suggest a plethora of benefits of aloe vera for improving the blood, cardiovascular performance and physical endurance. Be sure to consult your physician before trying aloe internally.
Editor, July 2015
- 1. http://www.aloeplant.info/
- 2015 March Free Report 483 uses for survival.pdf