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You’ve likely experienced the amazing cooling power of Aloe Vera, or at the very least, you’ve probably heard of its wondrous ability to soothe a sunburn or ease itchy skin. But did you know that it also has the ability to soothe your stomach? That’s right – Aloe Vera promotes a healthy tummy.

In this blog article discussing Aloe Vera, LifeSeasons’ featured weekly ingredient, you’ll learn what Aloe Vera is, how this ingredient supports healthy digestion, and lastly, you’ll learn about the benefits and uses of this plant.

Aloe Vera, What is it?

Aloe Vera is a short-stemmed, cactus-like plant that grows in hot, dry climates, and it’s been used for centuries because of its healing properties. In fact, use of Aloe Vera dates back as far as 2100 BC, when its benefits appeared on a Mesopotamian tablet.1 Jump ahead a few thousand years and you’ll see that Aloe Vera’s medicinal benefits were depicted on Egyptian stone carvings.1 And as the years continue to move forward, Aloe Vera uses have continued to be documented for its healing properties.

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Aloe Vera Benefits & Uses: Health Conditions Helped by Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera contains all kinds of good stuff. To be exact, there are 75 active components in Aloe Vera ranging from vitamins and minerals to amino acids and enzymes, all of which help with a variety of ailments.2 Now you might think that Aloe Vera is just good for the occasional skin condition, but take a look at this list of many other benefits Aloe Vera can provide to you.

  1. Aloe Vera is an Anti-Inflammatory. Everyone at some point in their life experiences inflammation, which usually results in redness, swelling, pain, or warmth, and can occur either internally or externally. Aloe Vera can be your best friend during these times of discomfort because it can reduce the inflammation while at the same time soothe and heal the inflammation.3

  2. Aloe Vera has Antiseptic Effects. There are 6 antiseptic agents in Aloe Vera, and they all have the power to inhibit the growth of fungi, bacteria, and viruses.2

  3. Aloe Vera has Positive Effects on the Immune System. The ability to detoxify makes Aloe Vera a good option to help keep the immune system in check. With many antioxidants, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and flavonoids, Aloe Vera can assist with stopping cells from being damaged by free radicals (waste produced by cells), thus protecting the immune system.5

  4. Aloe Vera is an Acne Fighter. Because of the anti-inflammatory properties, Aloe Vera is a great choice to fight off acne, which is an infection of the skin. In addition to soothing the inflammation that comes with acne, Aloe Vera with its antibacterial properties fights the bacteria that usually cause acne. And bonus – Aloe Vera is much gentler on skin than over-the-counter acne products, so it’s a great natural option if you have sensitive skin.3

  5. Aloe Vera is a Burn Soother. Whether you have a sunburn or first degree burns, Aloe Vera will help soothe your pain and discomfort because it encourages new cells to form in the damaged area, and it calms the skin by boosting blood flow to the area.3  A team of plastic surgeons even concluded that Aloe Vera gel healed burn wounds significantly quicker than a medicated cream.8

  6. Aloe Vera has a Protective Effect Against Radiation. Although it’s not entirely known how Aloe Vera has been reported to effectively protect skin against radiation damage. It’s been shown that after Aloe Vera is applied to the skin, hypersensitivity usually caused by UV-induced rays is prevented.2

  7. Aloe Vera is an Arthritis Pain Reliever. Arthritis causes joint pain due to inflammation, and the enzymes and amino acids found in Aloe Vera are a natural anti-inflammatory. Also, Aloe Vera contains glucosamine (a natural compound found in cartilage), which is a known treatment for arthritis pain and stiffness.4

  8. Aloe Vera Fights Cavities. There’s a germ-fighting ability within