The Cool (ing) Uses of Aloe Vera for Skin WoundsTweet
Aug 31, 2016 , 6 min read
Aloe Vera is a household staple in most homes of India. At some point or the other, our mothers and grandmothers have used it on us to treat anything from a minor scratch to a positively large burn.
Read further to find out why!
What Should I Know About Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera thrives in sub-tropical regions and it requires warm climatic conditions for growth. So, India provides the perfect conditions for the Aloe plant to thrive. But, the best is, Aloe Vera can grow even in colder regions too with a little care.
Aloe Vera has been used to treat skin wounds for centuries and it is said that The Ancient Egyptians had a book especially dedicated to the use of Aloe Vera for skin. The gel inside the Aloe Vera plant contains glycoproteins which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This also makes the Aloe Vera gel cooling and soothing.
So, What Skin Wounds Can I Use Aloe Vera For?
Studies have shown that Aloe Vera is most beneficial for treating burns. Results have also shown that Aloe Vera speeds up the time for recovery in dealing with minor burns. But, burns are not the only skin wounds it can treat. Got an insect bite? The best thing to use for it would be Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera's anti-inflammatory properties are so wonderful so much so, that it can even treat and heal canker sores and their accompaniments (blisters, ulcers, lesion, and abscess). Acne is also a kind of skin wound that Aloe Vera helps subside. All in all, Aloe Vera really seems to be the boss at keeping it cool!
And Now For the Verdict!
Like in the use of any kind of product or gel, it should always be tested first. Though it rarely triggers an allergic reaction, it is always safe to first test and then use. Having said that, Aloe Vera is a gem of a plant that can treat innumerable diseases and help reduce discomfort. Best is, it's a fairly cheap plant to buy and take care of as its cactus like nature requires very little care. So, Aloe Vera takes the trophy undoubtedly!