Aloe vera plant leaves.
Aloe vera gel is a non-toxic natural substance. The gel inside an aloe vera plant is made up of many components, including a variety of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and proteins. This gel is a natural scar inhibitor, cell growth stimulator, pain inhibitor, clotting agent and antibiotic. The gel from an aloe vera plant can be used to treat many skin conditions. Aloe vera gel, however, is not a medicine; It is not designed to replace prescription drugs.
Aloe vera gel is commonly used to soothe sunburn.
The gel of this plant offers many practical applications. Used topically on sunburn, blisters, scalds, insect bites and rashes, it can help soothe the skin and prevent infections. This natural plant product is one of the best moisturizers available, being quickly absorbed into the skin. The pure gel of the aloe vera plant leaf can regenerate skin cells, allowing the skin to heal with minimal scarring. Skin cell stimulation gives the skin a healthy glow and keeps it fresh.
Pure aloe vera gel can be used as an alternative to personal lubricant.
Many people find relief from shingles, eczema and psoriasis after applying aloe vera gel to the affected areas. The natural antibacterial properties of this gel make it an ideal oral care product for use on the tongue, teeth, cheeks and tongue. Many doctors recommend using it after radiation therapy for general skin care.
While most people use the gel for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, others use it for beauty enhancement applications. The gel soothes, moisturizes, cleanses and smoothes the skin. Aloe vera gel can be applied topically to protect the skin from the effects of smoke, exhaust gases and the sun’s rays. It can also be used to reduce wrinkles, sun spots, blemishes and age spots. Aloe vera gel is often used to soothe and heal the skin in areas that have recently been shaved.
Applying aloe vera gel to the affected areas with a rash may provide some relief.
Some of the best pet products employ aloe vera gel. Many manufacturers produce detangling and care products that contain aloe vera gel. Moisture is key to maintaining a soft, manageable coat that is less prone to tangling. Aloe vera gel can also be used to heal damaged pet skin and neutralize some pet odors.
The gel from an aloe vera plant not only offers healing properties for humans, but also healing properties for the plant itself. As the leaves of the aloe vera plant have no woody parts or stems, they are held upright simply by the pressure of the water from the gel. When an aloe plant is cut or otherwise damaged, the plant’s gel reacts to seal and heal the wound.