Aloe vera is well known for its ability to heal burns, but its health benefits don’t stop there.
It’s a succulent plant, once classified as part of the lily family (Liliaceae), and although it is still closely related to other members of this family, such as garlic and asparagus, aloe vera has recently been given a family all of its own: Aloaceae.
The gel is extracted from the leaves, which store water, turning it into the thick, jelly like substance we recognize as aloe vera gel. This gel contains the majority of the bioactive compounds in the plant; a useful mix of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.
When used on burns, including sunburn, aloe vera has been shown to reduce healing time by around nine days compared to other forms of medication. This is because the active ingredients in the gel work with skin cells to help them regenerate, while the antibacterial properties prevent further problems.
These ingredients also soften, restore and revitalise dry patches. Rich in vitamin C, E and beta carotene, aloe vera nourishes, making skin appear more youthful by stimulating collagen production. Aloe vera gel improves stretch marks too, and being non-greasy it is suitable for all skin types, even those with oily skin. You can even use it to rejuvenate your hair.
But wait, there’s more! People suffering with mouth ulcers have reported a significant improvement once they started treating the ulcers with aloe vera gel. The size of the ulcer was reduced, along with the associated pain.
So as you can see, aloe vera gel really is great stuff. And with the summer fast approaching, we think now is a perfect time to stock up on our Aloe Pura Organic Aloe Vera Gel. Made with 100% certified organic aloe vera and a carefully chosen selection of natural extracts, this gel helps to sooth dry, itchy or damaged skin naturally.
And here’s a top tip from our staff: for extra cooling relief, try storing your aloe vera gel in the fridge. That way it’ll be the perfect temperature next time your skin needs a helping hand.
The efficacy of aloe vera used for burn wound healing: a systematic review (via: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17499928)