Benefits of Aloe Vera
Not only beneficial for soothing sunburned skin, Aloe vera is also used in the treatment of frostbite and different types of burns, including burns resulting from chemicals and radiation exposure. It has been used for thousands of years to treat wounds as well as for wound-cleaning and also has a pain-relieving effect when applied which is due to its content of magnesium and salicylic acid which promote an analgesic effect.
Aloe vera is also used internally to treat ailments such as constipation, heartburn and inflammation of the esophagus. It is also beneficial to the kidneys and is used to prevent the formation of kidney stones as well as reducing the size of existing stones.
High in Vitamin C and selenium, Aloe vera is considered to be an antioxidant, which is thought to protect the cells from damaging oxidation better known as free radical damage.
Other Uses Include:
Many herbalists recommend Aloe vera juice not be used by children, women who are pregnant or nursing, or the elderly. The green leaf portion of Aloe vera is considered to be a strong laxative and may cause severe diarrhea as well as may induce abortion. However, this part of the plant is removed from Aloe vera juice products and these products are considered to be safe. Aloe vera juice should not be used in cases of diarrhea.
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