Growing up on an island, I would see aloe plants all around me and our elders always toted the health benefits of using it. From reducing constipation to healing burns, using aloe was the norm. However, it’s only within the last decade or so I’ve noticed that aloe vera has become popularly used for improving the look of your skin.
Aloe has a very cactus-like characteristic, but actually belongs to the lily family. It contains over thirty enzymes, including lipase and oxidase, significant levels of salicylic acid (the active ingredient in aspirin) which accounts for some of the herb’s pain-killing potential. Salicylic acid also plays a role in aloe’s detoxifying and cell-cleansing capacity. It can be used for insomnia, heartburn, congestion, arthritis, asthma and also lowers your sugar level. Aloe also has the capacity to stimulate the immune system as you can drink it daily to help clear up sensitive skin.
Aloe is well known as a soothing ingredient in skincare lotions and body products. With very high water content nearly 96%, it has been leisurely used to aid in skin problems. It is widely used as a moisturizer and anti-aging cream. The gel has some of the most important properties which moisturizes your skin and makes it soft and glowing.
Aloe can be used to protect your skin from the sun and to avoid dark circles under your eyes. You can use aloe vera gel every night before sleeping to have less tired and more beautiful eyes in the morning. It also helps with any skin irritation caused due to infection or bacteria. It helps in reducing swelling and relieving pain. The plant gel has been known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, as the gel enters your skin very easily it becomes one of the biggest sources of anti-ageing products.
Although aloe has been around for many years, we are still discovering the many properties that it has to offer. As years go by I’m sure we will find out more and more benefits of this unique plant. Go give some aloe a try. You can find the fresh plant in your local farmers market.