September 11, 2020 3 min read
Aloe Vera, the 'wonder plant’, can work wonders on pretty much everything. It is commonly used in medicine, cosmetics, in food supplements, skin and hair care products, and more. It is also a beloved house plant for the people with not much of a green thumb; because it requires little maintenance.
This thorny succulent plant has thick and fleshy leaves. Within those leaves lies aloe gel and aloe latex, which are full of nutrients and medicinal healing. The gel holds most of the bioactive compounds, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.
The question should really be, what can’t the aloe vera plant do for you? There are many benefits that the aloe vera plant can offer. Some go as far to say the benefits are endless, but we will cover a few of them here.
Aloe vera, applied topically or taken orally, helps increase collagen production, which gives cells a hand in renewing and repairing themselves. Boosting your collagen slows down the signs of aging, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, assists with healing and stiff joints.
If you have ever unintentionally stayed out in the sun too long without proper protection (happens to the best of us), then you are probably aware of the soothing effects of aloe vera. Aloe contains a pain-relieving element, carboxypeptidase, which is likely why lathering your sunburned skin in aloe gel is so soothing and satisfying. Additionally, because aloe vera does boost collagen and encourages the skin cells to renew and repair themselves, aloe helps your skin heal from sun damage.
Aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory compounds. Inflammation can be found as the foundational issue of many skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, etc., and applying aloe vera to these affected areas can help reduce signs of inflammation.
Aloe vera contains Mucopolysaccharide. This property is a chemical structure that leads to the hydration of the surrounding tissue. This helps keep the skin hydrated and moisturized without the greasy side-effects.
Containing salicylic acid, aloe vera can be used as a light exfoliant. It helps to gently remove layers of dead skin cells, which keeps the pores unclogged and acne breakouts away! Aloe also contains zinc, which helps tighten the pores and acts as an astringent.
Aloe vera inhibits the growth of potentially harmful bacteria. It fights off bacteria, fungi, and viruses; which helps ward off clogged pores and acne, cold sores/mouth ulcers, and other bad reactions to bacteria, fungus, and viruses.
Aloe vera’s benefits go far beyond the skin. There are many other surprising uses for aloe vera.
As we have learned today, aloe vera is not just a houseplant that you can count on to stay alive. If you do happen to have an aloe vera plant in the house, or are in the market for a new addition to your house plants, you may be pleased to know that you can apply aloe vera raw to your skin. That’s right, you can take an aloe leaf, right from your plant, cut that open and apply the gel that oozes out to your skin, hair, etc. Aloe also comes in many other forms:
At The Yellow Bird, we know that all natural and simple ingredients, free of any synthetic chemicals, are the best way to nourish the skin and promote optimal skin health. Our skin is our biggest organ and we absorb up to 60% of what is put on our skin, therefore, we focus on remaining free of GMO’s, parabens, and soy.
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