Aloe vera has been used for centuries as a healing agent for a variety of skin conditions.
Aloe vera plant
Back in ancient Egypt it was known as the plant of immortality. Today health stores sell a range of products with aloe vera as a key ingredient to help with arthritis or asthma, even constipation. It is also used in cosmetics. Some toothpastes have aloe to help improve gums.
Aloe vera is most known to assist the skin in healing from sunburn or cuts by rubbing the gel from the inside of the leaves directly onto the skin. It helps to soothe and nourish the skin and helps the new skin tissue. Always use fresh leaves for best results.
Growing your own aloe vera plants at home is very easy and a simple home remedy to use for minor burns and other skin irritations such as acne, wrinkles, rashes or insect bites. It can help to decrease swellings and be a pain reliever.
Cut open the leaf
You can even drink the gel though it has a bitter taste. Mixing the gel with fruit juice will reduce the bitterness. It can cleanse your internal system and some people drink aloe juice to help with diabetes as the gel helps reduce blood glucose levels.
Scrape out the gel
It is a beautiful ornamental plant to have in your garden. They require no maintenance and will multiply easily, thereby providing a never ending supply of leaves for your usage.
It depends why you're taking it, but a general recommendation is 2 teaspoons of gel to one glass of water or juice - best taken on an empty stomach, either first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
Consult your health professional before taking internally if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or on medications. And it does have a laxative effect (used to treat constipation) so stop taking it or reduce your dosage if your bowels react badly.
I have found aloe vera the most effective remedy I have used for cold sores.
It stops them instantly. I wish I had found this out much earlier and saved all the misery not to mention very expensive creams from the chemist.