The plant has various medicinal use, and is a native of North Africa, Southern Europe and Canary islands. It has the potential to slow down the spread of breast cancer. The gel is widely used to relieve sunburn and heal wounds.
The benefits of aloe vera
Relieves Heartburn: Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a digestive disorder that results in heartburn. Consuming 1 to 3 ounces of aloe vera gel at mealtime reduces it to a great extend.
Blocks the growth of harmful bacteria hence keeping the produce fresh. Studies were done on vegetables, by spreading aloe vera gel on them. The reports showed evidences of aloe vera gel blocking harmful bacterias from growing and spoiling the produce. This helped in extending shelf life of the vegetables
Provides relief to bleeding or swollen gums. The ingredient in the plant that includes vitamin C blocks plaque and can be a safe and effective substitute for chemical based mouthwashes.
Aloe vera accelerates the healing of mouth ulcers. At some point of time we face painful ulcers inside the mouth or below the lip that lasts for a week or so. Researches have proven that aloe vera helps in treating mouth ulcers and reduces the pain that is associated with it.
Helps in reducing blood sugar especially in people with type 2 diabetes. Diabetic patients should be careful in case if they are taking medications for lowering blood sugars as this might reduce sugar to dangerous levels. It is quite certain that aloe vera has a future in treating blood sugar to an extent.
Relieves constipation- Doctors advice a dose of 0.04 to 0.17 grams of dried juice to relieve constipation and aid digestion.
Aloe Vera is used to keep the skin clear and hydrated. These plants generally grow in dry, unstable climates. The leaves of the plant stores water to survive in harsh conditions. These water filled leaves teamed with special plant compounds called complex carbohydrates acts as an effective face moisturizer and pain reliever.
Aloe emodin, a compound in the plant’s leaves have various therapeutic properties that has the potential to slow down the growth of cancerous cells in the breasts. More quality studies need to be done to prove this.
Aloe vera has antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral properties that cuts the growth of certain bacterias that causes infection in humans. These properties have been instrumental in healing wounds and treating skin problems.
There are a number of uses of this succulent from being a skincare to having high medicinal properties of fighting breast cancer. However more research needs to be done to prove the medicinal uses of this plant.