Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is an incredibly popular plant for a fairly wide variety of reasons. For starters, aloe vera oils and gels are among the most popular choices for people looking for after sun care. Aloe vera can provide a soothing and hydrating effect on skin that’s been damaged by excessive UV exposure. That’s not ...read more

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all it’s good for though. The plant itself has a long history of being used for a great deal of other purposes too.

This is due in part to the hydrating nature of the plant. But also due in part to the nutrients present in aloe vera gel. It’s pretty heavy in vitamin C. Vitamin C brings with it a whole heap of potential benefits and can even strengthen your immune system in appropriate doses. 

For example, heartburn. A review published around a decade ago came to the conclusion that up to 3 ounces of aloe vera gel alongside food can help reduce the severity of heartburn. This is a great natural solution for people who are looking to avoid heavier, synthetic medication. 

Aloe gel can also be used to help keep plant and vegetable produce fresh. By coating a small layer over the item you’re looking to keep fresh you can actually help prevent the growth of potentially dangerous bacteria. This makes for a great natural alternative to harsh pesticides and dangerous cleaning chemicals. 

The high presence of vitamin C in the gel also means that it can be used in place of mouthwash to block plaque. The plant can even provide you with some subtle pain relief if you’re having issues with swollen or bleeding gums. 

There’s also some evidence to suggest that the plant has a natural laxative effect. As such it can be used in moderate doses to help relieve constipation like symptoms.