We’re firm believers that beauty comes from the inside out, so when we find beauty-boosting products that are beneficial when used both topically and internally (like coconut oil), we’re almost immediate fans. Introducing into inside-out, double-threat family: aloe vera.
We bet your aloe vera days date back to sunburns as a kid, but this green plant’s benefits go above and beyond overexposure to sun. Aloe vera is one of the oldest mentioned plants in history, with its first record from the Egyptians who elevated the plant to a ‘god-like’ status due to its healing properties. Common myths even say Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used aloe vera as part of their beauty treatments (this would be the equivalent of Beyonce or a Kardashian touting its use today).
So aside from its topical skin uses, what other benefits does aloe vera boast? Let us count the ways…
Supports Healthy Digestion
Aloe vera’s moisturizing, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties don’t stop at external skin, they do the same to the skin within- AV lubricates and soothes the intestinal tract, and helps balance stomach acidity levels. AV also contains specific enzymes that help breakdown food. What does that all mean? It’s worth a try if you suffer from IBS, constipation, heart burn, or other intestinal issues.
Aids in Nutrient Absorption
Thanks to those aforementioned belly-beneficial enzymes, aloe vera helps aid in the breakdown of food sugars and fats, which doesn’t only aid digestion, but also helps in the absorption of nutrients.
Helps Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
Again with AV’s enzyme benefits, but this aid in balancing blood sugar levels means aloe verae might be beneficial in helping to combat diabetes and obesity. We’ll take ‘Natural Remedies’ for 100, Alex!
You’ve probably noticed aloe vera being used in detox programs, and that’s because it’s one of the most natural and effective ways to cleanse the body. It’s digestive benefits alone help remove toxic substances from the body.
Supports a Healthy Immune System
In addition to those vitamins, minerals, and amino acids mentioned above, AV contains saccharides (complex sugars), all which help give this magical green plant its healing and regenerative powers. Equally important are AV’s anti-inflammatory properties, as too much inflammation in the body is a recipe for disaster (think autoimmune diseases, eczema, asthma).
Skin Benefits: Acne, Burns, and Dry Skin
Last, but certainly not least, is what aloe is historically known for- it’s numerous benefits when used topically on the skin. It soothes (burns or other types of inflammation), enhances collages (anti-aging) and hyaluronic acid (moisturizing), contains Zinc (which is beneficial in combating acne), and can help induce an all-around skin glow when used topically, internally, or both.
Note: Too much of anything is never good, and the same goes with aloe vera- consuming too much can have a laxative effect. Find out the potency of your chosen brand, and use the dosage recommended on the label. When in doubt, ask your doctor.