What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is a green, stemless, plant with rosettes that can grow from 60-100 cm tall. The leaves are thick and the clear gel found in the inner part of the leaves hold a large quantities of water. Although 99% of aloe vera is made of water, the gel contains glycoprotein, which reduces pain and inflammation and speeds up the healing process. Aloe vera also contains polysaccharide, which has qualities to stimulate skin repair and growth.
Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera contains over20 minerals, which are all essential to the human body. Aloe Vera was traditionally used to heal wounds and burnt skin. Today, aloe vera is also consumed to aid digestion and treat other conditions. The health benefits of aloe vera are as follows:
- heals burnt skin, irritations, cuts and insect bites
- helps moisturize the skin
- speeds up the healing of wounds and injuries
- helps kill fungus and bacteria
- can help constipation and diarrhea when consumed
How is Aloe Vera Used?
Aloe vera can be consumed or applied directly to the skin