What are the Benefits of Aloe Vera?

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There are many benefits of Aloe vera when it is taken internally or applied topically to various parts of the body. For starters, Aloe vera can be used in treating issues involving the skin. Gel derived from Aloe vera leaves may be used to treat both skin wounds and burns. It may also be used for infections of the skin and other disorders.

Aloe vera can be taken as a supplement in juice form.
Aloe vera can be taken as a supplement in juice form.

Another of the potential benefits of Aloe vera involves its laxative effect. It is said that dried substances can be derived from the inside of Aloe vera leaves and used as an oral laxative; this may be effective either by itself or in conjunction with another types of herbal remedies. Some studies show that the benefits of Aloe vera may extend to the treatment of genital herpes. It may also be effective when applied to the skin for treating such conditions as psoriasis vulgaris, dandruff, and even extremely dry skin. In fact, many people trust lotions and creams that contain Aloe vera because of its longstanding reputation as a healer and moisturizer.

Aloe vera cream.
Aloe vera cream.

Aloe vera is often listed on skincare product ingredient labels. According to some of the manufacturers that use it in their products, Aloe vera can play an important role in anti-aging creams, lotions, and facial washers. It has even been touted as an effective wrinkle reducer.

Some studies of the potential benefits of Aloe vera have revealed wonderful possibilities. For example, some scientific studies have found that Aloe vera may be helpful for reducing lung cancer risk. Studies of its effect on diabetes have been mixed, but some results have pointed to potential benefit for those dealing with this condition. Additionally, some studies have shown that Aloe vera may help with ulcerative colitis and similar conditions.

While a person may want to enjoy the potential benefits of Aloe vera right away, it’s important to note that herbal remedies and supplements containing Aloe vera, or any other type of herbal remedy, may not be safe for all people. Some may have allergic reactions to it, experience unpleasant side effects, or have certain conditions worsen as a result of use. For this reason, it is best to consult with a doctor before beginning to take this or any other herbal remedy. It’s also important to note that taking Aloe vera by mouth may lead to dangerous medication interactions in some cases.

Aloe vera may be helpful in treating dandruff.
Aloe vera may be helpful in treating dandruff.

Discussion Comments


Every time we have an outdoor outing, I always take the Aloe Vera gel because it's a guarantee that someone is going to end up sunburned!

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