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An Ode to the Aloe Vera Plant

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They transcend industries with ease, are ripened green in color, prickly—yet smooth, and otherworldly in appearance. Cactus like at first glance; these plants are anything but dry dwellers. They are the epitome of moisture and more.

The Aloe vera plant is useful in adapted form, yet as easily accessible as breaking off a leaf at your convenience, from your backyard.

A single leaf consists of up to 75 active vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, salicylic, and amino acids. It contains the gel that is present in many Aloe vera products, as well as a natural latex with laxative properties.

Aloe vera plants have various benefits for both topical use and ingestion, making them an undeniably dynamic natural resource.

Beauty is in the Beholder of Aloe

Aloe for your face, it’s as simple as that, yes. Only it gets better. Aloe vera applied topically is a moisturizing hack with anti-aging benefits that can help to protect from sun damage. It can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and aid in inflammation.

Its anti-inflammatory qualities are especially useful for puffiness in the face and other skin irritations.

It can also help to reduce acne symptoms and brighten the complexion. Aloe vera is used in an array of beauty and cosmetic products in liquid and powder form.

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The Aloe vera plant is commonly utilized for its medical benefits. It is ideal for sores, burns and irritations, specifically sunburns. It can protect from the sun, and a study shows that it may even be able to help with the skin side effects of radiotherapy.

Useful for first and second degree burns, a study showed the use of Aloe could also reduce healing time by an average of nine days.

One study shows Aloe vera is just as effective as the antiseptic chlorhexidine in fighting dental plaque. Ingesting Aloe can even prevent strep throat.

Vera Nutritious

Aloe vera juice is an excellent addition to your favorite fruit smoothie, useful to mix in your water, or the missing ingredient to your salsa. It’s bountiful in antioxidants and promotes smooth digestion.

The latex material just beneath the skin contains a compound called barbaloin with laxative effects, which can help with constipation.

Aloe vera can also help to lower or regulate blood sugar and aid in weight loss.

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These are some critical feats on why Aloe is everything, but believe me when I say that the list does not stop there. Honestly, could we ask for more from a plant than what the Aloe vera brings to the table? And our skincare routine? And our medicine cabinets? No. Just no. So bow down and grab a leaf.

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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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