Benefits of Aloe Vera

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Growing up, my mom had a beautiful aloe plant. Anytime my sister or I hurt ourselves, my mom would head straight to the aloe plant. “It has healing gel inside” she would say. My sister and I called it the “magic plant” because our scrapes and burns would heal so quickly.

As an adult, I had almost forgotten about the “magic plant”. Sure I had a bottle of aloe gel for sunburns, but I didn’t ever think about actually getting an aloe plant. Then, when my boyfriend and I were walking through a garden centre, I spotted some aloe plants. I instantly remembered the magical plant and its healing capabilities that I used to covet as a child. “I have to get one”  I said to my boyfriend.

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Here are some benefits of aloe vera:

  • Skincare: I rub some of the gel on my face every other night. It is super moisturizing and anti-bacterial so it helps heal and prevent acne. It has really helped to fade my spots, soften my skin and keep pimples at bay. It is amazing… honestly.
  • Ease sunburns: If you spent too much time in the sun and have a burn to show for it, aloe can help! Just rub some of the gel on your burn and it will help soothe the pain and bring down any swelling.
  • Aloe has TONS of vitamins & minerals: Vitamin A, C, E, folic acid, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and choline are all found in the aloe plant. There are also 20 minerals such as calcium, zinc, selenium, iron, potassium, copper and manganese.
  • If you have problems with digestion, try aloe! IBS, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea – they can all be treated by aloe! Aloe reduces the amount of “bad” bacteria in our digestive systems which leads to a regulated cycle.
  • Detox: since aloe is a gelatinous plant, it helps to absorb toxins as it moves through our digestive systems. It takes the toxins with it when it is excreated from our system.
  • Get sick less: aloe helps to boost our immune systems. Because of the anti-oxidant properties and its high levels of vitamins and minerals, it can actually help your body fight against viruses and infections. It is also said to help lower a fever.
  • Weight loss: yes, I went there. If something claims to help with weight loss, it will sell. But for real, because of the anti-oxidant, digestive aiding properties of this “magical” plant, it can absolutely aid in weight loss.

Eating/drinking it is totally safe – to a certain extent. Just like anything else, moderation is key. Be sure to research how to ingest it and what the best dosage is.

I hope you find aloe as magical as I do 🙂