Aloe is often used as a houseplant that also offers useful medicinal properties in everyday life.
Aloe vera can be used in the direct form as it is obtained from the plant and in different type of products such as juices, gels, powders, cosmetics, shampoos and lotions.
Research provides adequate evidence of the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and restorative capabilities of aloe vera. In fact, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved aloe vera for the treatment of HIV, when used topically on abscesses.
The wound healing benefits of aloe vera make it one of the most popular topical remedies for common scars, cuts and burns. The juice from the aloe plant can be directly applied on burns and wounds for immediate relief. Key healing benefits of aloe, when applied externally include:
- Soothing burns
- Healing cuts, scalds, blisters, cold sores and rashes
- Healing insect-bites
- Healing sunburns
- Minimizing damage from frostbites
- Healing lesions caused due to psoriasis
- Reducing post-surgical recovery time