Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to treat everything from sunburn to dental plaque. Here’s how this popular medicinal plant can help you achieve your best health.
It contains powerful compounds.
Each leaf of an Aloe vera plant contains a slimy, thick, mucilaginous tissue. This “gel” contains beneficial naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.
It accelerates the healing of burns.
Studies show Aloe vera is effective in helping heal first- and second-degree burns.
One study found that the plant’s gel reduced the healing time of burns by around 9 days compared to the use of conventional medication.
It can help reduce dental plaque.
In a study, Aloe vera mouth rinse was found to be just as effective as chlorhexidine, a popular drug, in reducing dental plaque.
It helps fight canker sores.
In two different studies, an Aloe vera patch placed over affected skin areas helped reduce the size of canker sores and reduce the pain associated with them.
It reduces constipation.
The latex of the plant – or the sticky yellow residue found just under the skin of the Aloe leaf – contains aloin, or barbaloin, which has well-established laxative effects.
There are many ways for you to use Aloe vera to help improve your health. It’s generally safe for most people to use.