You get home from a long day at the beach, look in the mirror, and realize that the sunscreen you applied at 10 A.M. didn’t quite withstand the test of time…nor those crashing waves. Your nose and back are on fire, and you just know that the impending peeling skin is inevitable. What’s the first thing you reach for to soothe the burn?
Aloe Vera is a widely used treatment for sunburns and other skin conditions, but its benefits reach far beyond the skin’s surface! Today, we’re providing an overview of exactly what aloe has to offer, and how it can be used to enhance your health.
What’s Inside Aloe?
The Aloe Vera plant provides a powerful punch when it comes to the nutrients humans need to stay healthy. According to DrAxe.com, Aloe is a great source of “minerals, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and more. Researchers at www.draxe.com go as far as to say that aloe “provides 20 of the 22 human-required amino acids and eight of the eight essential amino acids” (draxe.com). That’s impressive!
How It Helps:
- Soothes the burn & beyond: Aloe Vera does, in fact, soothe burns and other skin conditions. Topical application can provide relief from dermatitis, psoriasis, dry skin and more. Try rubbing some raw aloe gel on your next skin irritation and feel its soothing effects.
- Gets things moving: In addition to the clear gel they produce, aloe leaves create aloe latex— a yellow portion of the plant found right under the skin. Aloe latex helps increase the intestine’s water content and promote mucus secretion. Each of these serves as a natural relief from constipation and improves digestive health.
- Heals cold sores: Aloe vera has shown to ease the pain and discomfort that comes along with cold sores. Dr. Axe explains that “aloe vera has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that accelerate healing and reduce pain” associated with mouth sores.
- Prepares cell for battle: The enzymes in aloe vera break protein down into amino acids, which is important to the proper function of the cells in our body. Additionally, aloe contains Zinc which is an important immune-booster. In other words, it helps your body stay healthy!
Finding the Right Aloe
As is the case with many products originally found in nature, commercially processed aloe gel loses many of its active ingredients through heating and ‘refining’. For this reason, it is important to seek out products with the “International Aloe Science Council” seal to ensure that your aloe product has maintained all the nutrients that the natural form offers.
At The Urban Juicer, smoothies such as The Liquid Lunch feature aloe vera, adding one more health benefit to the beverage! Try one today, and let us know how you have seen Aloe Vera impact your well-being.