For centuries, the Aloe vera plant has been known for its medicinal properties. Two thousand years ago, Greek scientists recorded the uses and benefits of the Aloe vera plant, which they regarded as the best curative plant at that time. The Egyptians call it the ‘Plant of Immortality.’

There are 200 species of Aloe vera plants around the world; some varieties have more nutritional benefits and uses than others. Aloe barbadensis is considered one of the most beneficial species.

Physical Properties and Benefits

Aloe is composed of 95 percent water and contains at least 70 essential minerals, enzymes, amino acids, proteins, vitamins, and polysaccharides. This combination of properties makes the plant extremely beneficial to the body.

The outer surface of the Aloe vera leaf is smooth and rubbery. Beneath it is the aloe gel, which is known for its healing properties. Some benefits of Aloe vera include:

  • Antibiotic properties
  • Cell growth stimulation
  • Coagulation of the blood
  • Soothing pain
  • Astringent properties
  • Treating or preventing scars
  • Treating various ailments of the skin

Methods of Use

Applying Aloe vera on cuts, abrasions, and burns can help hasten the healing process and prevent scarring in the infected area. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe, moisturize, and tone the skin. For quicker results, apply the Aloe vera gel or juice directly onto the affected area. When applied externally, the gel can help treat:

  • Sprains
  • Bruises
  • Burns
  • Sunburns
  • Scalds
  • Cold sores
  • Sore muscles
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Abrasion
  • Acne
  • Scrapes
  • Stings

Cosmetic Properties

Aloe vera has several cosmetic benefits and has even been called the “Wand of Heaven”.  Aloe juices and gels are used in various cosmetic products for their anti-aging properties that keep the skin healthy and looking fresh. Skincare products use the plant as an active moisturizing ingredient.

Some of the products that might include Aloe are:

  • Lift masks
  • Facial cleansing wash
  • Medicated jelly
  • Creams
  • Moisturizers
  • Heat rub

Aloe Vera health drinks are also becoming popular. When taken internally, Aloe vera can decrease the symptoms of insomnia, arthritis, ulcers, indigestion, infection, constipation, heartburn, and much more!

There are various Aloe vera products available in the Living Clean store.