The Aloe Vera Plant
Juice from the humble aloe vera plant may have a number of medical uses and benefits. The desert lily has been used for thousands of years because of its benefits to humans.
Treat Sun Burned Skin
Perhaps the most well-known benefit of aloe vera is that it can be used to treat sunburn. The juice of the aloe vera soothes and moisturizes sunburned skin which may help prevent blistering and peeling.
Moisturize and Soften Skin
Aloe vera can be used alone or in a moisturizer or sunscreen to help hydrate and soften skin. Some evidence shows that aloe vera juice added to sunscreen may also increase the effectiveness of the sunscreen.
Aloe vera juice has soothing properties that can relieve itching associated with sunburn, insect bites and other conditions. To treat itching, apply the juice directly to the affected area.
Treat Minor Scrapes and Burns
Aloe vera juice benefits may include anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties that can help prevent infection of minor scrapes, scratches and burns. To use, wash the injury and apply aloe vera juice. Finish with a bandage.
Aloe vera juice has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation when applied topically or taken internally.
The pain relieving properties of aloe vera may allow it to relieve headaches and muscle pain when taken internally.
The soothing properties of aloe vera may also help to provide a natural way to quiet coughs when taken internally.
When taken internally, aloe vera juice may help to relieve constipation. Check with your natural health care provider for dosage information.
Aloe Vera Juice Benefits
The benefits of aloe vera juice are numerous. It contains a number of nutrients the body needs, including:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
- Essential fatty acids
- Amino acids
Learn about the benefits of other herbs in our Herbal Medicinal Plants slideshow.