Aloe Vera is a species of the succulent plant and is known as one of nature’s miracles for the skin and body. It is a cell stimulant which is also soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing. The gel inside the broken leaf is odourless, slippery and cool.
Aloe is known an excellent treatment for skin conditions such as burns, bites and eczema. It is often reported that the skin can be healed remarkably quickly and the pain reduced very quickly with topical application of Aloe Vera to the burn area. As well as applying topically, Aloe can also be taken internally so it is just as useful for internal epithelial tissue as it is for the skin. For example, mouth and stomach ulcers, nasal and sinuses, bowels, lungs and genital tracts. Aloe works on membranes and surfaces.
Although Aloe is about 99% water, the remaining 1% is extremely powerful and it is thought this is because the close to 100 ingredients work extremely well together (synergistically). The ingredients in Aloe can be grouped into the following categories: Vitamins, Minerals, Sugars, Enzymes, Lignins, Amino Acids, Anthraquinones, Saponins, Fatty Acids, Salicylic Acid.
Aloe vera is one of the only known natural vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12, and it contains many minerals vital to the growth process and healthy function of all the body’s systems. Numerous studies worldwide indicate that it is a general tonic for the immune system, helping it to fight illness of all kinds.
This is a plant grown easily that we should all have in our gardens or in a pot. To get the full healing benefits of Aloe Vera for the skin it is best to get the gel straight from the leaf and apply to the affected area.