Aloe Vera has been used for a host of purposes since the ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.”
Since then, its uses have become more targeted and medicinal, and it’s one of the leading therapies for sunburns.
Aloe Vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used medicinally for centuries.
Aloe leaves secrete a clear gel that when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin.
Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the Aloe Vera plant and it was found out that Aloe Vera does in fact, have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments, hair, and scalp problems to many more.
It is also said to be useful in treating wounds and burns, minor skin infections, cysts, diabetes, and elevated blood lipids in humans, and shows some promise in treating more serious and persistent conditions such as eczema, genital herpes, dandruff, psoriasis, canker sores, skin ulcers and others, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Using the Aloe Vera Plant
The Aloe Vera plant is a very hardy low maintenance outdoor plant that anyone can grow. It requires pretty much no maintenance and will thrive either potted or planted in the ground. Whilst the young plant is growing it is imperative that you don’t hack away at the spikes and be left with nothing more than a stump and limited gel!
Always take care when harvesting your spikes to encourage further growth. Each time you cut a spike, use a sharp knife to slice it off from the base of the plant. Use the exposed gel immediately; wrap the end in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for future use. It will keep well for a month or so, but if you use it like I do, it will be gone in a week or two!
With each application, slice a good few centimeters off the end of the Aloe spike and then slice multiple layers through the flesh as you apply it to your skin. This ensures maximum gel is used from each spike.
The Aloe Vera plant makes an excellent, cheap & organic face and skin moisturiser. Great for treating both sun damage and keeping skin healthy after laser treatment. It also works great just as a natural general daily moisturiser.