It’s believed the plant we know today as aloe vera first came from Northern Africa. The first known documentation of its medicinal use was in the ancient Egyptian Papyrus ebers, which provided twelve different recipes for aloe healing. Since then, the succulent plant has been used across the globe as both an ornamental plant, and more importantly, as a healing medicine. Today, we know the health benefits of aloe vera to range far and wide, from reducing wrinkles to soothing burns.
Aloe vera is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. It requires little in the way of care—simply an occasional watering, warm conditions, and (depending on who you ask) a bit of fertilization now and then. And with this easily grown plant in your home, you are opening yourself to a wealth of medicinal uses. For many, the path to herbalism at home begins with the aloe plant.
The plant has thick, gel-filled leaves which can be easily harvested. Simply slice open one of the leaves and scrape or squeeze out the gel for any one of the following benefits:
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera: Topically
- Soothes burns (one of the best home remedies for sunburns)
- Heals wounds
- Calming acne and eczema
- Use it to calm rashes, boils, and other skin afflictions
- Anti-itching for bug bites
- Use it to reduce wrinkles
- Condition hair using it as a shampoo (may possibly even prevent baldness)
- Use it to moisturize skin
- Apply as a shave gel
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera: Taken Internally
- Soothe stomach upsets and digestive disorders like IBS, constipation, bloating, and colitis
- Reduce indigestion and heartburn
- Use it to stabilizes blood sugar
- Promotes healthy gums
- Improves the body’s immune function
- Promotes the growth of white blood cells and healthy cells in cancer patients
- Strengthens the heart and enriches the blood
- Encourages urinary health
- Reduces arthritis inflammation
You don’t have to look far for new studies coming out about additional benefits of this plant. While you can purchase the juice at health food stores, homegrown gel is not only cheaper, it might be safer. It’s recommended that you use the largest and most mature leaves to get the most benefits. These leaves are said to contain a greater concentration of helpful gel.
Turn away from pharmaceutical treatment and experience the many benefits of aloe vera today!
12 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Aloe Vera: Grow Your Own Medicine”
my husband and I have been useing it for years ,he evens makes it in a drink for his well being,I TOATLY agree with its use.
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So far, it was just a juice recommended by nutritionists and dieticians. But dig more into the history of Aloe Vera and it has several benefits for the future of medicine.
Aloe Vera has fast become one of the most commonly used plants in herbal cosmetics and medicines. Whether its creams, gels, lotions, shower gels or just plain Aloe Vera juice, it is here to stay. But ever wondered where this plant has come from and how all of a sudden it has become such a rage in the ayurvedic, herbal and medical world?
Really Amazing plant!!!
I use it externally. But internally, I can’t get over its bitter taste.
Pure Aloe Vera has no taste. It is just the nasty chemicals that some manufacturers put into it. Go to Walmart and buy pure 100% Aloe Vera cheap and natural.
I would buy nothing from Walmart. You could very conceivably be getting a contaminated product from China. In addition, the word “Natural” means absolutely nothing, on any product, in any store. Do you understand?
I am not a gardener but a friend gave me a small aloe piece from her mature plant that I put it into a pot with some dirt and coffee grounds and within a couple weeks there were several plants budding and now I have fat ones from the same initial cutting that supply me sufficiently with the modest amount I want, all from the same pot and with minimal watering. THAT is “pure and natural”. Again, I know next to nothing about gardening and in fact this is the first thing I’ve ever planted.
That's really good to hear then about the health benefits of aloe vera and now i can always recommend it to my friends too..
my dad also uses aloe for external purposes like applying the gel substance into his scalp as he explained that it helped him have a think and healthy hair. i don't know if there are scientific claim about this though… but it sure did work for him.
Aloe Vera is one of the natural medicinal plants which help us in getting medicinal benefits from it. There are numerous health benefits of Aloe Vera. It can be used as beauty products by girls as well as a medicine by the people. It is quite simple to grow an aloe Vera so we should try to grow it in our home. The above information is extremely helpful.
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who has the time and take the trouble when fair and lovely is available on counters.
I put a half a cup in my morning smoothie, get it at Trader Joes.
Thanks for sharing this information, it is very informative article.