Chances are you’ve heard of aloe vera, the green plant that is often used to help ease the pain of sunburns, but did you know that the gel has other uses as well? Its use has been traced back thousands of years. It’s not just great to keep in your cabinet for the summer when you spend too much time out in the sun, but it’s a product that could also have significant year-round benefits. Additionally, did you know that there is aloe vera juice on the market? Even having a little bit of it could also have a surprising amount of benefits. Without further ado, let’s talk about just some of the possible reasons to consider using aloe vera gel or juice.
Little cuts and scrapes happen for a multitude of reasons whether we trip and fall or we get the dreaded paper cut. Once you wash off the cut or scrape, clean it of debris, and properly dry it, apply a little aloe vera gel on top. Aloe vera is said to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-itch properties.
Burns and Skin Irritation
Aloe vera isn’t just great to use for a sunburn. Minor burns, such as if you get splattered with a little grease while cooking on the stove, may be alleviated by applying aloe vera gel especially thanks to the soothing and cooling properties. Additionally, cancer patients who are undergoing radiation may find comfort in using aloe vera gel to help soothe their skin after treatment.
If you are feeling constipated, aloe vera juice could just end up being a solution that may help you. Drinking a small amount of the juice can help soften the stool and make it easier to pass. However, you want to make sure not to take too much as it could result in you having the opposite problem – diarrhea.
There are many who believe that drinking aloe vera juice could provide a good boost to the immune system, especially due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Not only may it be able to help combat any issues you’re currently having, but it may also help prevent some from coming on. However, this is, of course, something you’ll want to speak with your doctor about.
Interested in buying aloe vera gel? Make sure to buy one that’s as pure as possible and that contains no alcohol which could dry out your skin. When it comes to applying aloe vera gel to your skin, if you are dealing with a major skin issue, such as a severe burn, skip the gel and call your doctor and ask what you should do and/or head to the emergency room. For minor issues, you’ll want to apply it as directed on the packaging. Regarding aloe vera juice, you always want to take it as directed, however, if you are dealing with what could be a severe medical emergency, you are currently dealing with known medical issues, and/or you’re taking any type of medications, consult with your doctor before taking it. You don’t want to take any chances of making your problem worse.