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How To Use Aloe Vera

By Edited Jan 21, 2016 2 2

Aloe Vera can be used in a wide variety of ways to treat several different ailments and medical conditions. To learn about all the different ways you can use Aloe Vera and enjoy many different Aloe Vera benefits, please read on.

Things You Will Need

You will need Aloe Vera.

Step 1

Perhaps the most common use of Aloe Vera is as Aloe Vera Gel, a topical treatment for the skin. Soothing and cooling, in its gel form, Aloe Vera reduces inflammation upon contact, making it particularly useful for the topical treatment of scrapes, burns, psoriasis, sunburn, acne, hives, poison ivy, and other skin conditions. To obtain Aloe Vera gel directly from the Aloe Vera plant, you can snap open a leaf and squeeze the gel from the inner part of the leaf. Or, you can purchase Aloe Vera gel online or at many health food stores and other health oriented retailers. In fact, Aloe Vera gel is so popular for its soothing qualities that it is used as an ingredient in many different lotions, cosmetics, lip balms, moisturizers, sunscreens and other skin products.

Step 2

People also consume Aloe Vera juice internally to obtain a number of other Aloe Vera benefits. When taken internally, Aloe Vera can act as a gentle laxative, easing constipation. Some people also consume Aloe Vera internally for the treatment of Crohn's disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases due to its soothing anti-inflammatory properties. (Aloe Vera is believed to possess anti-bacterial properties as well.)

Step 3

Some promising scientific studies seem to indicate that Aloe Vera (taken internally) can help lower cholesterol, fight cancer and stabilize blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 Diabetes.

As you can see, Aloe Vera has many wonderful uses, both internally and externally. For additional information on taking care of yourself, you may want to read this article: How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar.

Tips & Warnings

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Aloe Vera benefits are also said to include relief from arthritis pain.

Aloe Vera should not be taken internally by pregnant or lactating women. If you are thinking about consuming Aloe Vera internally for the treatment of any medical condition, be aware that while there are many Aloe Vera benefits, you should always discuss your Aloe Vera plans with your doctor, because it should not be taken with certain medications, including some diuretics and some steroid medications.



Sep 1, 2009 4:47pm
My friend keeps an aloe plant in here house for use on sunburns and diaper rashes - it truly is a wonder plant. Thanks for the article!
Nov 2, 2010 3:36pm
I couldn't eat aloe by itself, but I will definitely find a way to add it to my diet. Great article!
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