Aloe vera has been used as an effective herbal medicine for at least 2,000 years. Its many uses and benefits are too many to list, but some of the most common and important uses are outlined below.
- Applied to a sunburn or minor cuts and scrapes, aloe vera can shorten healing time by as much as eight days. It can also help against burns, blisters, allergic skin rashes, insect bites, and frost bite. This is probably the most common of its many uses and the reason why so many of us keep an aloe plant growing in a pot at our homes.
- If you mix aloe vera in with water and drink it, it can help combat gastrointestinal upset, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcers, urinary tract infections, and more.
- Aloe vera can also function as an effective laxative when ingested.
- Boil some aloe vera leaves in a pot of water and breathe in the vapor to help treat bouts of asthma.
- Aloe vera can help heal outbreaks of herpes.
- It is also effective against pimples, warts, and acne. The warts will actually begin to shrink when aloe is consistently applied to them.
- You can speed up hair growth with aloe vera. Work it into your hair with your fingers, and then let it soak in for about half an hour. Then just rinse it out.
- Aloe has shown ability to alleviate athlete’s foot.
- Aloe has been known to help diabetics lower their blood sugar level.
- Apply a little aloe gel to a cotton ball, and you can use it to effectively remove makeup. It will give your face a deep cleansing and take off all those chemicals that have built up over the months.
- Aloe’s smoothness makes it work well as a sort of back-up shaving cream.
- As skin lotion, aloe vera is hard to beat. It is even included as a main ingredient in many of the skin products you will find at the store. Rub a little aloe gel on your skin, and it will become softer. It will be younger and fresher looking. This treatment goes for basically all of your skin: face, hands, feet, and the whole body.
- This natural product can cure your bad breath. Mix a quarter cup of aloe gel with twice as much water or apple juice, and let it dissolve. You can drink it or just use it as a mouthwash. Either way, it will improve the quality of your breath aroma and win you many friends.
- Aloe vera is a good hand sanitizer. Its anti-bacterial properties kill off the germs in droves. It is a great alternative to alcohol.
Finally, aloe’s pleasant smell can be taken advantage of by using it as potpourri. Mix some aloe in with orange peels, pear chunks, apple slices, cinnamon, etc., and you will have the bathroom or kitchen smelling great.
These 15 uses of aloe can be of practical benefit to most of us. There are, no doubt, dozens more valid uses for this plant. It is amazing how versatile natural herbal products can be. Every one of us could benefit by keeping an aloe vera plant growing somewhere in or near our home.
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