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Digestion Benefits and Other natural Health uses for Aloe Vera

We cover the remarkable digestion benefits and diverse array of natural health uses for Aloe Vera, a soothing plant known for its potential to support digestive wellness and provide a range of therapeutic benefits.

What is Aloe vera?

Aloe vera is a plant that grows in hot climates and is known for its use in cosmetic products due to its healing and soothing properties. There are many different species of the aloe plant which also vary in medicinal quality and use.

How is Aloe vera used ?

It has uses both externally and internally. Externally, it is most commonly used as a skin soother to moisturise or to cool skin after sun exposure. It can be particularly helpful for burns of all types including sunburn, but is also helpful for irritations such as bites, acne spots or eczema.

What are the benefits of Aloe vera?

Gut health and digestion

Internal use comes in the form of juice or more concentrated supplement capsules. It also tends to be an ingredient in digestive complexes and probiotic formulas too. The herb is mucilaginous which means that when taken internally, it has a viscous consistency and can stick to digestive tissues to help soothe and heal this tissue on its way through the body. Mucilaginous herbs are not broken down by the human digestive system, but they are thought to absorb toxins from the bowel and give bulk to the stool to act as a laxative[i].

It is used for many conditions relating to various parts of the digestive system from acid reflux, to IBS, to inflammatory bowel disease and is also often included in digestive cleansing protocols. When choosing aloe vera to support health, it is important to only use ones that are extracted from the inner leaf gel rather than the outer leaf and we also advise against choosing any liquid forms that contain preservatives such as potassium sorbate. We also recommend that aloe vera is only used for short term periods as after the tissue has been supported or bowel transit time is regulated then the natural rhythm of the body should maintain this.

Healthy skin

Aloe vera has been used topically to aid in wound healing and soothe skin irritations such as burns and cuts. Aloe vera can also be used for general skin health. Its nourishing properties help hydrate the skin, keeping it soft and supple. Aloe vera gel can be applied to nourish and rejuvenate the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed. It is also believed to have antioxidant properties that can help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. What's more, Aloe vera contains naturally occurring salicylic acid, a gentle exfoliant that removes dead skin cells, helps unclog pores, and prevents acne from developing.

Precautions for use:

Aloe vera is generally safe for internal use, but it can cause stomach problems, interact with medications, and may lead to allergic reactions, so it's important to be cautious and consult a healthcare professional before using it internally.

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Acne , Age spots , Ageing , Allergies (Foods) , Anaemia (Iron Deficiency & B12 Deficiency) , Bloating , Cholesterol , Collagen Production , Constipation , Dry Skin , Eczema , Hair Health , Inflammation , Irritable Bowel Syndrome , Prickly Heat , Rosacea , Skin Support , Acne Marks/ Scars

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