Do you ever wonder why Cleopatra was so beautiful? Well, her beauty secret was aloe vera. And today, many people choose moisturizers containing aloe vera. But, aloe isn’t just a cosmetic. It’s also a natural remedy for many minor ailments including cuts burns and scraps.
The “magical” ingredient in aloe
Most people associate aloe with the bitter substance called aloe latex or juice outside of the leaves. However, the magical ingredient is the clear, jellylike sap inside aloe leaves called aloe vera gel.
Studies suggest that aloe gel can reduce swelling, ease pain, prevent blistering and combat fungi and bacteria. Also, because aloe seems to regenerate damaged skin tissue, you can use it to prevent scarring in many cases. And, while most studies suggest that commercially produced have positive effects, for best results it’s best to stick to fresh aloe. The plant is inexpensive, easy to maintain and will look great by your kitchen window.
How to use aloe
If you have minor cuts, burns or other skin irritations, you may want to give aloe a try. Aloe can can also stop minor cuts from bleeding. If you apply it directly to your cut, it dries immediately and slows the escape of blood. You can also use the gel as an insect repellent. Of course, you should consult your doctor if your wound is serious.
When you have you need it, all you have to do is break off a leaf segment and squeeze the sap onto the injury.
Apply aloe vera gel to a cold sore a few times a day to ease the discomfort. It also helps speed the healing process. Furthermore, it’s safe when consumed by mouth, so there is no need to worry about swallowing.
Whether your goal is timeless beauty or timely first aid, remember a fresh and natural alternative: aloe vera.