The inner leaves of the Aloe Vera plant is commonly used as an ingredient globally to produce gels, creams and juices for the skin care, health and beauty industries.

While most of us are aware of the presence of aloe vera in cosmetics and skin creams due to its moisturizing and anti-aging properties, there are other health benefits of consuming aloe vera. The aloe vera plant develops its soothing properties and can be used as a topical ointment for burns, sun damage and abrasions, and it offers deep healing powers when ingested internally. Aloe has also been known to improve your weight loss potential and enhance your diet effectiveness. 

Supporters claim aloe vera can speed up wound healing and reduce the severity of psoriasis. There is also evidence that aloe may help normalize blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Aloe vera is also believed to help treat stomach ulcers, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. 

One of the most popular applications of Aloe Vera gel is the healing of sunburns, burns, contact dermatitis and minor cuts and abrasions. The cooling effect of aloe vera relieves short-term pain and itching and It can also be used when you get a little too much sun and need some relief. 

An expert from Baylor College of Medicine says aloe vera gel has several benefits for the skin. As a regular moisturizer purchased on the market, it can be used as a moisturizing gel that does not leave a greasy film on the face or skin. She adds that when it comes to acne, it works best for superficial surface acne, cystic and deep acne. 

To avoid potential irritation, always use organic aloe vera gel that contains no perfumes, dyes or additives. Aloe vera gel can also help to hydrate the skin and heal burns, razor cuts and small incisions.    

Aloe vera can relieve itching, but it can take a few days to be effective. Aloe Vera gel tends to harden when applied to hair, so you might consider using it as a DIY eyebrow gel. Dip a clean mascara wand into the gel and sweep it over any stray brow hair to have a lasting effect.   

Research supports the ancient use of topical aloe vera as a skin treatment, at least for certain diseases. There is strong evidence that aloe juice, which contains latex and can be taken orally, can act as a strong laxative. Aloe vera gel eaten also appears to help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. 

Aloe vera and diabetes drugs can lower your glucose levels to dangerous levels. When purchasing aloe vera juice, diabetics taking sugar-lowering medications should exercise caution when consuming aloe vera.     

Aloe vera has been used for several centuries in China, Japan, India, Greece, Egypt, Mexico and Japan.     

Aloe vera is a cultivated plant, and the aloe gel comes from the inner leaf, however only the Aloe Barbendaris species should be used. According to Kew Gardens, England’s Royal Botanical Centre of Excellence, the aloe plant has been used for centuries and is very popular worldwide. 

The medical claims about aloe vera, like many herbs and plants, are endless. The attraction of aloe is, of course, its ability to heal, but not all products are as pure as they would have you believe. This is a little misleading, as topical aloe vera gels intended for sunburn are actually 100 percent gelatinous and are not made from 100 percent pure aloe. 

A team of plastic surgeons reported that burned patients treated with aloe vera gel healed faster than patients treated with 1 percent silver sulfadiazine (SSD). The researchers compared the gel to the SSD cream used to treat second-degree burns. They added that the aloe vera gel group experienced earlier pain relief than those treated with SSD. 

In a pilot study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine in December 2015, researchers found that standardized aloe vera extract syrup helped alleviate several symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) over a four-week period, including heartburn, regurgitation and vomiting. 

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and ulcer-fighting properties and has been studied in animal patients with IBD (irritable bowel disease) in the past, according to the research. 

Aloe vera has been known for centuries for its health, beauty, medicinal and skin care properties and is widely found in many beauty products. 

Aloe Vera juice, aloe water or aloe drinks are not only refreshing and delicious, but also has many health benefits. 

Aloe vera is not only a plant rooted in folklore, it is also the lynchpin of a multi-million dollar industry ranging from beauty creams to healthy juices, diets and supplements. There are some incredible benefits for this plant, but only if you know how to understand the hype around green plant gels. 

The Aloe Vera plant can grow from one to two meters high and has prickly, bitter leaves that serve as protection to prevent animals and insects from feeding on it. After being used as a medicinal herb, it nourishes the body from the inside out as it is rich in nutrients that help improve digestion and strengthen immunity. It is also used for its gel, which is used to improve skin, face and hair.

Now that we know the main reasons for the health benefits of aloe vera, we learn how to extract the aloe vera gel from the plant. If you have an aloe vera plant at home, select its fat leaves and stems and cut it back to the base to extract the wonderful gel.