Aloe has many uses. It helps to heal Acne and is good for burns, cuts, wounds, sunburns and many many more skin ailments. You may already be aware of that. But, did you also know that (per healthline.com):
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that often results in heartburn. A 2010 review suggested that consuming 1 to 3 ounces of Aloe gel at mealtime could reduce the severity of GERD. It may also ease other digestion-related problems. The plant’s low toxicity makes it a safe and gentle remedy for heartburn.
- A 2014 study published online by the Cambridge University Press looked at tomato plants coated with Aloe gel. The report showed evidence that the coating successfully blocked the growth of many types of harmful bacteria on the vegetables. Similar results were found in a different study with apples. This means that aloe gel could help fruits and vegetables stay fresh, and eliminate the need for dangerous chemicals that extend the shelf life of produce.
- In a 2014 study published in the Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences, researchers found Aloe Vera extract to be a safe and effective alternative to chemical-based mouthwashes. The plant’s natural ingredients, which include a healthy dose of vitamin C, can block plaque. It can also provide relief if you have bleeding or swollen gums.
- Ingesting two tablespoons of Aloe Vera juice per day can cause blood sugar levels to fall in people with type 2 diabetes, according to a study in Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacy. This could mean that Aloe Vera may have a future in diabetes treatment. These results were confirmed by another study published in Phytotherapy Research that used pulp extract. But people with diabetes, who take glucose-lowering medications, should use caution when consuming Aloe Vera. The juice along with diabetes medications could possibly lower your glucose count to dangerous levels.
Of course, you can buy many Aloe products, but you can also use the actual plant. When using the Aloe plant, you should use the juice of the inner leaf. The leaf juices of the plant have important medicinal uses making aloe one of the most respected medicinal plants found in many gels, creams and lotions. Aloe Vera gel contains vitamin C and E, plus the mineral zinc.
Aloe Vera juice should not be taken internally during pregnancy, or while a Mother is nursing. The laxative compounds in Aloe Vera can be passed from the Mother to the baby.
The Aloe plant is a tropical plant native to North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands. Flowering season is in the summer. Aloe plants can be grown as a garden plant in warm/tropical climates, or as a sheltered house plant.
As with any supplement, you should consult your doctor with any questions regarding your potential use of Aloe products.