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Nature's Medicine: Aloe Vera's History and Benefits

Nature's Medicine: Aloe Vera's History and Benefits

 

Aloe Vera is what we like to call nature’s medicine. Isn't it amazing that the earth provides natural remedies that are just within reach? At ILERA, we take seriously the responsibility to provide you with skincare with only the best, and sustainable plant based ingredients. This is why you will find that our products come packed with power house ingredients and today’s star is Aloe Vera.


What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe Vera has grown in popularity in our homes and in our hearts even though it has been around for centuries. It is a succulent plant believed to have originated in the Arabian Peninsula and when we look at plant taxonomy (plant classification and hierarchy), Aloe is considered the genus and aloe vera is one out of over 400 species of aloe. We call aloe vera, “nature’s medicine”, because it has been used for medicinal purposes dating back as far as egyptyian times. Let’s discuss how you can use Aloe Vera in your everyday life!


10 Uses and Benefits of Aloe Vera


Plant Mom

What’s more satisfying than being a plant mom? Aloe Vera makes it easy to take on this great responsibility. You don’t need a green thumb to care of this species. Succulents are very low maintenance plants. Aloe can adapt to different environments and they can be grown both indoor and outdoors. The soil of the aloe vera plant should be allowed to completely dry before being watered. When the aloe plant is watered, the soil should be thoroughly drenched, but the water should be allowed to drain freely from the soil. The most common reason an aloe plant dies is that the owners water too often, or does not allow the water to drain.


Acne Care

Aloe Vera gel is great for use on superficial acne. We wouldn’t recommend going into DIY mode for your cystic acne! Aloe vera contains antioxidants that are good for the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and contains nutrients like vitamin A and C. Try making a DIY face moisturizer for oily or combination skin! Always consult with your dermatologist before applying any new products to your face.


Oral Health

Aloe Vera has been used to treat oral related complications. Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties in some cases aloe vera can soothe or treat diseases. Check out this study on the efficacy of aloe vera in treatment for Oral lichen planus (a chronic inflammatory disease).



Digestion

Aloe vera contains several enzymes known to help in the breakdown of sugars and fats and to keep your digestion running smoothly. Aloe vera may help decrease irritation in the stomach and intestines. The juice may also help people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other inflammatory disorders of the intestines. Always consult with your doctor before taking aloe vera for digestive issues. Those with diabetes could experience an adverse effect.


Burn relief

Also known as the burn plant, aloe vera brings relief to minor burns. Sunburns, minor cuts, and abrasions- you name it! Aloe vera has been traditionally known for this healing property. It helps soothe sunburn but still be sure to wear sunscreen! It can conveniently become a substitute for neosporin on your minor cuts with its ability to boost collagen and fight bacteria


Frostbite

Aloe Vera can even aid frostbite! Frostbite is categorized by degree just like familiar burns. Aloe vera blocks harmful inflammatory mediators in blister fluid and can be applied to intact as well as unroofed blisters that have developed as a result of the burn. 

 

Skin ailments 

The healing continues: Aloe vera aids in skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis. Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition caused by an overactive immune system. Symptoms include flaking, inflammation, and thick, white, silvery, or red patches of skin. Aloe vera assists with inflammation and reduces itchy skin. Many topical over-the-counter medicines for skin conditions have aloe vera as an ingredient.


Hair care

We have been seeing aloe vera used more and more within hair products. Especially natural hair products. Aloe vera has been used in DIY moisturizing treatments and hair gels. There is still more to its benefits, its gel can be applied to the scalp to help regulate dry scalp and dandruff. 


Body care

Don’t you love a good body wash? Well aloe vera also shows up in body products as well. In fact, our Hydrating Body washes come packed with organic aloe juice. As the first ingredient, it establishes an ultra moisturizing foundation paired with our one of a kind scents. 


Delicious Treats

If you haven’t had Aloe vera juice before then what are you doing with your life? Not only is it delicious, but it has many nutrients that our bodies need. You can make a homemade batch with coconut water or add it directly to smoothies! There are many prepared options but nothing beats a fresh recipe.


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