Throughout the world, for thousands of years people have relied on the medicinal value of aloe vera. Each aloe vera leaf is filled with a “gel” containing vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants…a virtual cornucopia of liquid gold. Some of the medicinal benefits of aloe vera may even surprise you.
The antioxidant and antibacterial properties of aloe vera work to slow the growth of bacteria that could be potentially harmful to humans. And that is just part of the reason why aloe vera is a magical elixir for wound healing and skin irritations.
Used topically, aloe vera can treat sores, sunburn, itching, infection and redness. Studies also indicate that aloe vera is beneficial for the treatment of first- and second-degree burns, typically reducing the healing time by days more than conventional burn medicines. And according to historical reports, aloe vera prescriptions were written in the United States as early as 1810!
Aloe vera will make you smile too. In its purest form, aloe vera reduces dental plaque just as effectively as mouthwash. Studies have shown that aloe vera also accelerates the size reduction, pain and healing of mouth ulcers.
And here’s the skinny. Aloe vera is also used to slow skin’s aging process by increasing collagen production and improving its elasticity. Aloe vera also helps retain moisture, thereby alleviating dry skin as well.