Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a plant that typically grows in hot climates. These spiny, cactus-like plants contain moisture inside. That moisture is what is commonly used in many skincare products. The reason aloe vera is so widely used is because of its calming and soothing properties. People most commonly associate aloe vera with sunburns, as it is often used to soothe the heat and pain from these burns. But sunburns aren’t the only use for this natural, hydrating plant. Aloe can be used in lotions, balms, shaving creams, rash creams, etc. Products add aloe in order refresh the skin and alleviate pain and redness from a number of skin concerns. Its cooling and restorative properties make it a great product to include in all kinds of skincare products. People use aloe in a number of home remedies to treat different ailments including burns, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, constipation, coughing, diabetes, headaches, ulcers, mouth sores, cold sores, bloating, discomfort, and stress.

Years ago people often kept aloe vera plants in their homes to use for these home remedies. When someone was burned or their skin was irritated, the simple solution was to cut off a piece of the plant and use the natural aloe gel inside to soothe the injury. Now aloe can be easily purchased in packaged bottles and tubes from the store. These retailed versions of aloe are often not just the gel straight from the aloe vera plant though; they have typically been mixed with other ingredients or chemicals. Many people believe that aloe works best in its organic form (straight from the plant), but the store-bought aloe is used to treat and alleviate the same ailments.  

Egyptians refer to the aloe plant as “The Plant of Immortality,” and Native Americans call it “Wand of Heaven.” Both cultures look at this plant as being so great for two reasons; it provides both healing powers and nutrition. If you were ever lost in a desert and found an aloe vera plant, you could simply cut off a stem and suck out the hydration contained inside the plant.

Aloe vera has been used for centuries for these purposes. The natural medicinal properties of this plant seem to have been known for more than 4000 years. The earliest known reference to aloe came from a Sumerian tablet from 2100 BC. Aloe plants have made appearances in the writing of ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Indians and Chinese. Many of these cultures used it in wound-healing. Egyptians queens used the plant to enhance their own physical beauty.