Ever overdone it in the sun, or gotten a bit clumsy in the kitchen? If so, you might already know how terrific the aloe vera plant is for burns.
Its cooling gel is equally good for soothing a sunburned nose or a scalded fingertip.
Healing with aloe vera home remedies
But aloe vera is so much more than just a burn balm. In fact, there’s a bunch of other reasons to grow this handy healing plant in your own home
1. Fresher mouth:
You can rinse your mouth with alcohol and chemicals, which may raise your risk for oral cancer. Or you can get your mouth just as clean with 100 percent aloe vera juice instead.
Aloe is naturally antibacterial. Which means it can be the perfect substitute for mouth wash in your oral hygiene routine.
Two separate studies have shown aloe juice reduces plaque as effectively as a common chemical mouthwash. And it’s just as easy to use. Simply rinse and spit, the same way you would the store-bought stuff.
2. Fewer wrinkles:
It’s not just burned skin that can benefit from aloe vera. Try using it in place of store-bought anti-wrinkle cream.
Aloe doesn’t just feel terrific, early research hints the gel may help boost collagen production too. That means it could improve your skin’s ability to bounce back, reducing wrinkling and sagging as you age.
3. Better blood sugar:
For centuries, traditional medicine practitioners have used aloe vera to help folks regain blood sugar control. And now modern research is beginning to back them up.
In clinical trials, researchers found that one tablespoon of aloe gel was enough to measurably lower blood glucose and serum triglycerides in volunteers with type-2 diabetes. Ask your doctor about including aloe vera in your own blood sugar balancing routine.
4. Stronger immunities:
Aloe vera contains a number of important enzymes. Your body uses these to break down proteins producing the energy your cells need to function properly, and stimulating your immune system.
Plus the gel is an excellent source of zinc, which is essential for a healthy immune system. A zinc deficiency makes it more difficult to fight off infections, and heal from illnesses or wounds.
5. Healthier hair:
Skip the expensive chemical-laced hair conditioner and reach for some aloe vera gel instead. Aloe is rich in many of the vitamins and minerals your hair needs to stay thing, strong and shiny.
Plus aloe vera could help you fight off itching and dandruff. The gel is a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. That means it can help keep your head free of the microscopic irritants that can lead to an irritated and flaky scalp.
6. Clear up cold sores:
Cold sores are a double whammy: painful and embarrassing. Get rid of them faster, with aloe vera.
Apply a thin coat of the gel to the sore several times a day. The plant’s anti-inflammatory properties will help reduce the pain and appearance of the sore. While at the same time, its antiviral benefits will kick in helping to speed up the healing.
If your thumb is less than green, don’t fret. You can get 100 percent aloe vera gel and aloe vera juice at most health food stores.
Just make sure you choose one from a manufacturer you can trust. The generic brands may not always be 100 percent aloe, despite what the label says.