Aloe vera was my very first introduction to the healing power of plants. I remember being taught as a young teen that keeping an aloe plant around was helpful for treating burns, and I was amazed when I had the chance to really try it out. It worked! But wow is it useful for so much more than a sunburn, and I’d love to see our culture really embrace the healing power of this plant. Natural skincare is a great place to start as aloe is featured prominently in so many products.
Aloe vera is a type of cactus plant, and its leaves secrete a clear gel when broken off from the plant. This gel is wonderfully healing, moisturizing and calming. Aloe contains many antioxidants and vitamins, including beta-carotene plus vitamins C and E, which help rejuvenate and diminish signs of aging. Aloe also contains hormones that stimulate wound healing and offer anti-inflammatory support. One hormone in particular helps stimulate the growth of new cells, which helps skin heal quickly.
Aloe soothes itchy or inflamed skin, making it a great treatment for skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and even acne. Finally, aloe is moisturizing and plumping but incredibly light weight, so it’s perfect for oily skin types or people who don’t like the standard creams and oils. It makes an awesome post shave treatment, too!
Keep aloe vera on hand for summer burns, bites and rashes, and look for aloe in the following products…