Put ’em up, put’em up! That’s what aloe vera says to bad bacteria! Because of aloe vera’s anti-bacterial properties, it can put up a good fight against nasty germs. By topically applying aloe vera to your skin, you can therefore minimize the risk of a skin infection. You know, when the skin becomes pussy, swelled and often red after an injury or wound (e.g. a burn, insect bite, tattoo, or other conditions that affect the skin). Nobody wants that! Once an infection is already underway, however, no amount of aloe vera can make it disappear. With its ability to speed wound healing, aloe vera helps prevent an infection; it will not treat an already existing one. So, make sure you consult your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of an infection. But using aloe vera at the first sign of a skin problem can help you avoid an infection from developing in the first place!
We’ve all done it. Skipped over the directions on that social studies quiz back in high school. Bypassed the contract when signing up for new computer software. Ignored the instructions on how to put together new Ikea furniture. How important can reading the fine print really be, right? You might not have suffered any major consequences in these situations (a semi-lopsided dresser still works!), but when it comes to your health, taking shortcuts is no longer an option. If you are trying out aloe vera gel–the clear, gel-like substance found in the middle of aloe vera leaves–checking the label for dosage recommendations, ingredients, side effects, and warnings is important. Don’t let this all-natural plant product fool you: although known for naturally treating skin condition and as a general body and digestive cleanse, aloe vera gel can still have adverse health effects if used incorrectly. When it comes to your health, no more being lazy. Let’s read the label, and find out aloe vera gel warnings.
Tablet, pill, capsule–an oral dose of aloe vera is an option! Whatever name you want to label it with, aloe vera in solid form allows you to benefit from even more of aloe gel’s medicinal properties: digestive health, type 2 diabetes, and more. It also gives you another choice on how to use it. Don’t like topical acne medication with aloe vera? Try taking aloe vera pills for controlling acne and its symptoms. But don’t get fooled by the many doors aloe vera pills opens. A big part of reaping all that aloe vera pills have to offer is being responsible when taking them. Knowing all about aloe vera pill side effects before you start swallowing them with water is important. Start reading!
Improve your digestive health. Decrease your arthritis pain. Lower your glucose level. How? By popping a potent pill! Can it be true? Does such a pill exist? But where would it come from? Aloe vera is where! Yup, all that medicinal power comes from a plant! Aloe vera, a succulent, has long leaves with a fleshy, health-boosting interior that can be put into pill form. Although most commonly known for its uses as a topical application (e.g. eczema control, burn relief, bruise soother), aloe gel can be taken orally: all it takes is the pop of an aloe vera pill, and you could deal with a lot of digestive and bone/muscle ailments!
Vegetable oil, canola oil, soybean oil–all of those sound familiar, and you probably use at least one of them on a regular basis in the kitchen. But aloe vera oil? Now that’s something new! Not many people have heard of aloe vera oil, but such a thing exists! What will they come up next, am I right? But pretty much anything that is a plant or nut can be made into an oil these days. The process sure is easy enough: to make aloe vera oil, you basically soak aloe vera until it is softened then combine it with a base oil (i.e., one of those familiar oils we just listed; you know, soybean, almond, or even apricot oil). Voila! The result is an aloe vera extract! So contrary to popular thinking, aloe vera is not taken right from the plant and put in the bottle: it is first made into an oil, then added to the products you know and love.