The Many Surprising Benefits of Aloe Vera

With summer in full swing, for many people that also means the arrival of red, irritated, sunburnt skin. Last week we talked about the best natural sunscreens in order to prevent that, but in case you missed it, you are probably reaching for the aloe to get some relief. However, aloe is good for more than just sunburn relief and it actually has a lot of benefits and uses, making it a super useful plant or product to have around.

Aloe Benefits:

1. Moisturizer - Aloe provides many of the ingredients necessary to keep them skin healthy, such as vitamin C, E, and beta carotene. It is anti-aging, moisturizing and nourishing without being greasy or heavy on the skin. Use it daily to see results.

2. Acne Treatment - Aloe is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial while also containing antioxidants. This is why it is also good to use for a sunburn, and it works wonders on acne as well as in wounds for healing. Because it is clear, you can use it anytime as a spot treatment on pimples without having white patches all over your face.

3. Hair and Scalp Treatment - Due to the proteolytic enzymes in Aloe, it makes a great hair and scalp treatment. It repairs dead skin cells on the scalp and eases any scalp dryness or itchiness. It also acts as a conditioner for the hair leaving it strong and shiny. Gretchen actually often uses aloe as a gel in her curls to keep them from getting frizzy and it works great!

4. Detoxifying - Aloe isn't just for external use, but can actually be ingested to help detox the body. Put pure aloe in a smoothie or mix it with a glass of juice to experience the detoxing effects. Just be careful because our acupuncturist says it is very cooling to the body so you dont want to overdo it.

Make sure to use 100% pure aloe vera gel when applying it to your body because some brands mix aloe with other ingredients that can actually make it harmful. I like using this brand when applying it externally and this brand when ingesting. You can also just get a plant and cut a leaf off whenever you need it.

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