Updated: Apr 10
The smallest irritation can cause sensitive skin to flare up, but before you run to the pharmacy for an ointment of sorts, try some aloe vera.
Your kitchen should have one or two potted aloe vera plants. Your grandmother will tell you that it has been used medicinally since prehistoric times. Today, the clear jelly inside the thick aloe vera leaves has become a very popular remedy for sunburn, minor wounds and other skin problems. Researchers are still studying this plant for its potential benefits when taken orally, but so far they haven’t reached any definite conclusions. One thing that’s known for sure, is that aloe vera is one of the best natural skin remedies ever discovered.
The Benefits Of Aloe Vera Are Endless
1. Helps With Acne
It is a fantastic remedy, especially when it comes to getting rid of acne and acne scars. The gel regenerates damaged tissues and decreases swelling on the affected area. If you use the aloe vera gel regularly, it will help prevent breakouts, resulting in smoother skin.
2. Lightens Stretch Marks
Its anti-inflammatory properties can limit the growth of stretch marks. It can also heal the small tears in the skin layers and is therefore the perfect solution to help regain the lost elasticity caused due to stretching.
3. Soothes Sunburn
Aloe vera gel is a very popular sunburn treatment. It is anti-bacterial and has soothing properties, which work very well for healing sunburns.
4. Heals Burns
The gel has cooling properties that soothe burnt skin. It also increases blood flow in the vessels closer to the skin’s surface, helping the damaged skin repair itself.
Painful lesions caused by the herpes virus heal more quickly when aloe vera is applied to the skin. The gel appears to have antiviral effects. In addition, aloe vera dilates tiny blood vessels known as capillaries, allowing more blood to reach the area so speeding up healing.
6. Great for Indigestion
Since aloe vera contains the laxative compounds barbaloin, aloin, and aloe-emodin, it can help you with bowel movements after childbirth. It’s also known for helping with indigestion and for soothing an upset stomach. If you’re taking it to help stomach problems, it’s best to take it as a juice so it’s quickly absorbed – the suggest dose is two tablespoons per day for a few days.
Avoid consumption of the gel if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding as it can harm the unborn baby or can be transmitted through your breast milk. Although aloe vera gel is safe for babies, remember to consult with your child’s doctor before using it on your child’s skin. If the itch, rash or the cuts worsen after you’ve used the aloe vera gel on your child, wash the area clean of any aloe gel.