5 Benefits of the Aloe Vera Plant

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What exactly is Aloe Vera?

The Aloe Vera plant is a part of the succulent family and has over 400 species! It’s native to Southern Europe, North Africa, and the Canary Islands but it’s grown in tropical climates worldwide. The leaves of the aloe vera plant are used more often than the flower itself. The aloe vera leaf contains three main layers, the inner gel layer, the middle layer made of latex, and the outer layer that protects the inner parts of the leaf.

History of Aloe Vera

The aloe vera leaf has been a staple in various cultures for many years. Even though the history of Aloe Vera remains a mystery, the first known written reports of the succulent date back 6,000 years ago to ancient Egypt. In fact, Egyptians viewed aloe as a ‘sacred’ plant which held the secrets to beauty, health, and immortality. The dead were often embalmed in aloe vera because of its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. From then on out, many cultures continued to grow and cultivate aloe vera.

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Benefits

Aids in clearing complexion

  • Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.
  • Aloe vera has the ability to lower levels of inflammation
  • Using the aloe vera plant topically, boosts the blood flow in your skin and it kills bacteria too.

Eases digestive discomfort

  • Constipation and diarrhea are common and purified aloe vera juice has shown some evidence in helping digestive discomfort.
  • Aloe may help with bloating, cramping, and flatulence. Studies have been performed but the findings are limited.

Assists in oral health

  • Since aloe vera is rich in antioxidants, it can be used to treat inflammation in the gums.
  • Aloe also has antiseptic agents that help fungi, bacteria, and viruses from forming.

Soothes Burns

  • The succulent contains anti-inflammatory properties that help heal agitated skin and it can also promote circulation in the skin.
  • Aloe vera has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Using aloe vera on an open wound will help fight off infections.

Helps treat canker sores

  • Canker sores and mouth ulcers are common and painful. Studies have shown that using aloe vera can accelerate the healing process.
  • Another study showed that using aloe vera on a canker sore reduced the pain.
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Summary

Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years for obvious reasons. It’s unique healing properties set it aside from other succulents in the world. Try growing your own aloe vera plant at home with these helpful tips! You never know when it may come in handy.

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