Everyone is out there looking for that wonder drug that can cure all types of ailments with a single application. Whether that drug or cream exists is up for discussion, but one cure-all that has been around for centuries is aloe vera.
I know what you’re thinking, “What? You mean that stuff my mom used to slather on my back when I got a really bad sunburn as a child?” Yes. That’s exactly what we are talking about, though this gelatinous substance that can be found in grocery stores and pharmacies nationwide offers so much more than just being a cure for a sunburn.
Will it cure everything? Probably not. But there is an entire industry devoted to it as it can be used in everything from cosmetics and soap to moisturizers, shaving cream, and more. It can also be taken orally or in a cream or gel form.
Here are a few ailments or other conditions that can be lessened or cured by using aloe vera.
We mentioned sunburns, but it can also be good if you accidentally put your hand on a hot stove or were burned in some other way. Not only does it help with the pain, but it can reduce healing time.
According to healthline.com, consuming one to three ounces of aloe gel at mealtime could reduce the severity of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other digestive-related problems.
Studies on aloe vera being a potential laxative are mixed, but many people do believe it offers benefits in moderation.
Your dentist likely sounds like a broken record every time he or she tells you that you have too much plaque buildup on your teeth and close to your gums. Aloe vera juice has been proven to act in the same way as standard mouthwash.
IMPROVE SKIN AND LESSEN WRINKLES
Everyone wants to look younger, right? Topical applications of aloe vera have also been known to improve skin elasticity and, in some cases redness in the skin, when used regularly over time.
LOWER YOUR BLOOD SUGAR
Also according to healthline.com, ingesting two tablespoons of aloe vera juice per day can cause blood sugar levels to drop in people with Type 2 diabetes.
Everyone is looking for ways to get rid of these harmless sores, and aloe vera may do the trick. Rather than let it heal on its own, aloe vera can reduce the size of the canker and decrease pain.
Bottom line, there are a variety of uses for aloe vera, but when in doubt, consult your primary care physician about aloe vera and any other natural remedies that could help.