Aloe vera is a commonly used remedy for sunburns, but did you know that you can use this medicinal plant for many other skin issues? The goopy interior of aloe vera has been used to combat acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, and many other skin conditions for hundreds of years. It’s also been used internally, as people drink the juice of aloe vera to combat dehydration and constipation while improving liver function.
What’s in aloe vera?
With aloe vera benefitting skin and organ health, you may wonder what is inside this succulent that is so beneficial?
Aloe is packed with all kinds of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes including:
- Vitamins A, B12, C, E, and folic acid.
- Enzymes like aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase.
- The minerals calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc.
- The nutrient choline
- Essential fatty acids
- The hormones auxins and gibberellins
These nutrients have several functions, including the reduction of inflammation, antibacterial and antiviral effects, neutralizing free radicals, and more.
Five ways you can use aloe vera
Aloe vera is commonly seen either as a gel, a juice, or as an ingredient in skincare products like those you’ll find here at Sage Stone Botanicals.
1. After-sun care. You have probably used aloe vera to help ease discomfort caused by sunburn, but you don’t have to wait for damage to set in to apply aloe. Just put some aloe cream or gel on your skin after you’ve been exposed to the sun.
2. Treating rashes. Aloe gel is naturally anti-inflammatory and antibiotic so it can be used to soothe rashes or skin discomforts caused by allergies, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis.
3. Soothing insect bites. Insect bites or bee stings can be helped with a little aloe vera. One great way to give extra relief to a painful area is to make aloe gel ice cubes and apply them to the affected area.
4. Moisturizer. Aloe vera is a fantastic moisturizer. If you have dry or cracked skin or calluses, try applying aloe vera or a product containing aloe to the area.
5. Shaping your brow. Aloe is a pretty strong gel, so you can use it as a natural brow gel - highlighting your eyes and soothing your skin in one product.
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