Aloe Vera | What You Need to Know!

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Hey Fam! Welcome to another blog post. Let’s jump right into it, shall we. So what is Aloe Vera? It is a shrub that usually grows in dry tropical climates and it can survive without receiving a lot of moisture. Persons often classify it as a cactus because of this characteristic but it is actually a succulent. So those of you who want an indoor plant that is beautiful, interesting, beneficial and that requires minimal upkeep, this is your bet.

Here are 5 important things about Aloe Vera

  1. Aloe vera gel is a rich source of nutrients like vitamins A, B, C and E. All of which are great for your skin.
  2. It contains 98.5% water, the other 2.5% comprises of amino acids, vitamins, enzymes among other things. 
  3. Extracts from Aloe Vera are widely used in the cosmetics industry, mainly as a hydrating ingredient such as in lotions, hair creams, face masks etc. It is also used in the food industry.

Did you know it was once dubbed the plant of immortality because of its great medicinal characteristics

4. Aloe Vera Gel is especially used for the external treatment of minor wounds, including burns, bruises, and abrasions. It is also used to treat inflammatory skin disorders such as psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and eczema. The gel promotes wound healing by directly stimulating the activity of white blood cells and fibroblasts. And guess what! Fibroblast activation by Aloe Vera gel has been reported to increase collagen and boosts cells during the development and maintenance of tissue organisation. Therefore it promotes optimal tissue repair.

5.At present no commercial preparation involving Aloe Vera has proved to be stable as many of the active ingredients in the gel appear to lose its potency or deteriorate over time. Therefore, the use of the fresh gel, or using a product containing Aloe Vera closest to its manufacture date,  is recommended.

Did you know that in Jamaica we call it ‘sinkle bible’

So did you learn anything new? Comment down below and let me know. I always knew it was a beneficial plant based on my results from using it; but researching it to do this post clarified and verified a lot of things for me. I currently use Aloe Vera gel at least 3 times weekly fresh from the stem. Watch the video below to find out how. 

The botton line is that Aloe Vera is one of nature’s most powerful plants, and if you are not using it now, I hope that you will be after reading this. If you just want to leave me some positivity, click the heart ♥ down below . Kindly share this post with everyone, especially someone who may need it and keep the conversation going. Thanks again for stopping by, until next time Fam, walk good. 


Be sure to consult your doctor if you plan to use Aloe Vera in a medicinal manner, especially if you take medication. Also ensure that you are not allergic by just simply testing a small patch or your skin before fully applying.

Reference

World Health Organization. (1999). WHO Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants – Volume 1. Geneva.

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