What is Aloe Vera?

Updated: Sep 6, 2020

Aloe vera is one of the oldest recorded plants as a result of its medicinal properties. It thrives in several regions including the southwestern parts of the United States, Central America, the West Indies, and Southeast Asia. As part of the succulent family, aloe vera has the ability to store water in its leaves for a long period of time, thus making it easy to maintain. Aloe vera leaves are comprised of skin, gel and latex components. The gel is the safest part of the plant, if ingested. The plant contains many biologically active constituents that benefit digestive health, one’s immune system and nutrient absorption. This includes all sorts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids, which makes it a useful option for natural healing.  Minerals include: Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Sodium, Copper, and Potassium  Vitamins include: A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera: A Natural Healer

Aloe vera is the go-to option used to provide many health-related benefits. Historically, aloe vera has been known as the “lily of the desert” due to its healing properties used to treat burns, wounds and reduce fevers. Before we dive deep into aloe vera’s benefits, let’s discuss some background of this valuable plant. 

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How can we use aloe vera to experience its benefits?

Aloe vera aids in healthy digestion. The plant contains polysaccharides, which have anti-inflammatory properties. It can help with ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. Aloe vera helps strengthen and support a healthy immune system by detoxing and fighting off illness and infection. The gel, when taken orally, can provide pain relief due to its anti-inflammatory properties, and when applied topically, also provides pain relief by soothing muscle aces.  Aloe vera is a common ingredient in several skincare products, moisturizing and hydrating skin. It is a popular ingredient used to alleviate sunburn through its natural cooling effect when applied on the skin. 

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