Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. It grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Aloe is also used for decorative purposes and grows successfully indoors as a potted plant.
It is found in many consumer products including juice, skin lotion, or ointments for minor burns and sunburns.
The succulent has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes, dating back to ancient Egypt. The plant is native to North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands. Today, aloe vera is grown in tropical climates worldwide.
Main uses of Aloe Vera:
- Treats acne and eczema
- Minor scrapes and burns
- Stops bug bites irritation and itching
- Hydrates the skin
- Fills in wrinkles
- Heal wounds
- Serves against hair loss
- Makes up a perfect shaving gel
Internal uses of Aloe Vera:
- Reduces blood sugar levels
- Has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Prevents constipation, IBS and colitis
- Boost digestion and remove toxins from the body.
- Improves the heart’s work
- Keeps the gums healthy
- Diminishes the risk for arthritis inflammation
- Strengthens the urinary tract performance
- Encourages the production of white blood cells
The spiky, green gem has a rich history of various cultures and personalities who used the plant’s moist middle in a plethora of practical uses. Like Cleopatra who applied the gel to her body as part of her beauty regimen, the ancient Greeks who used it to cure everything from baldness to insomnia to the Native Americans who called aloe vera the “Wand of the Heaven.”.
Learn how aloe vera is used as a functional food, ways to incorporate it into your diet and what safety precautions to take. As always, it’s a good idea to consult your physician before starting any complementary medicine regimen.