6 Beneficial Ways to Use Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is an extremely versatile succulent plant. Dating back to ancient times, aloe vera gel has been used for medicinal purposes. Aloe vera is commonly known to be a remedy for sunburns, however it can be used in a number of different ways and provides many other benefits.


Below, we listed 6 amazing ways aloe vera could be used:


Relieves Burns

Aloe vera is widely known to contain soothing properties that help heal wounds and treat minor first- and second-degree burns on the skin (such as sunburns or burns caused by cooking.) Aloe vera reduces pain and inflammation, promotes circulation, inhibits bacterial growth, and keeps wounds moisturized to facilitate skin repair and faster healing times. Aloe vera gel can be purchased in stores or can be used fresh from a plant, simply break off a leaf from your aloe vera plant and apply the gel directly to your burn.


Maintains Health

Aloe vera can be made into a refreshing drink if you turn it into juice or lemonade. Consuming aloe vera provides many health benefits including: promoting a healthy digestive system, lowering blood sugar, providing heartburn relief, and acting as a natural laxative to reduce constipation. Research also showed aloe vera extract may contain properties that could potentially slow the growth of breast and cervical cancer cells.


Treats Skin Afflictions

Aloe vera can also be found in many skincare products because of its anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties. A number of skin afflictions, such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis can benefit from the use of aloe vera gel. It can help replenish and retain moisture in the skin, lessening the visible appearance of aging. It’s also a natural source of salicylic acid that helps to reduce blemishes.


Improves Oral Health

Aloe vera gel has antimicrobial properties and contains a healthy dose of vitamin C, which can help block plaque and reduce cavities by inhibiting bacterial growth in the mouth. It can also provide pain relief for bleeding or swollen gums. Patches of aloe vera gel can also be applied to mouth ulcers or canker sores to help reduce their size and speed up the healing process.


Relieves Itchy Insect Bites

The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties found in aloe vera can also reduce the swelling and itchiness of bug bites. Make sure your aloe vera gel is stored in a cool place (or you can leave it in your fridge for a few minutes before application) and rub it onto any itchy mosquito bites for instant relief.


Purifies the Air

Household plants can help filter the air and increase oxygen levels in your home. Aloe vera plants are no exception to this, in fact they can remove harmful pollutants in the air, such as formaldehyde and benzene. Aloe vera most actively absorbs high levels of carbon dioxide at night and when it’s exposed to light during the daytime, it releases oxygen into the air – making this plant a perfect addition to any bedroom!