Contrary to the much popular belief,aloevera is not a new discovery. In fact, it has been used as a healing plant for centuries. The aloe vera plant is also known by names such as Burn plant, Lily of the Desert and Elephant’s Gall.
The gel of aloe vera is widely used to treat minor burns. It has topical application and is rubbed on affected areas. Its ointment can be used safely for first degree and second degree burns. It is expected to speed up the healing of burn injuries, however, the same cannot be said about wounds.
Good for dental health
In a recent study conducted on 300 people, aloe vera juice was pitted against chlorhexidine, a regular mouthwash ingredient to find out their efficacy. Aloe vera was found to be equally effective as the other mouth rinse. It helps cut down the build up of dental plaque.
Having a teaspoon of aloe vera juice on empty stomach is said to aid digestion and help ease bowel movement. Most nutritionists these days recommend having aloe vera juice, as it also helps in weight loss. The compound polysaccharides present in aloe vera can cure many digestive disorders as well as ulcers.The latter is one of the most common result of digestive disorders.
Aloe vera also helps treat constipation, however, it is not the pulpy gel but the latex that helps. Latex is the sticky residue under the leaf skin. The compound in latex that helps relieve constipation is called aloin. It can safely be used as a laxative.
Every second beauty product that you pick today will have aloe vera as an essential ingredient. Topical application of the aloe vera gel is said to reduce fine lines and hydrate the skin. It is also believed to have anti-ageing properties.