I’m sure you’ve heard about applying aloe to sunburns to relieve the pain, but it turns out, this plant has a lot of different uses. Its use dates back thousands of years with the first recorded uses of the plant by natives to North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. These are our eight favorite uses for aloe.
- Aloe fights heartburn. Specifically the juice of an aloe plant.
- Aloe can preserve your produce. Simply apply a thin layer of edible aloe to your fruits and veggies.
- Aloe helps whiten your teeth.
- Aloe, when applied to surface infections, can help them heal faster.
- Aloe is an effective skin moisturizer. You’ll see it in the ingredients of natural lotions a lot. Simply apply a bit of aloe to your dry skin.
- The gel from aloe vera extract has proven capable of relieving constipation naturally. While laxatives make you really need to go, aloe helps you pass it gently and naturally.
- Aloe can help regulate your blood sugar. Simply take two tablespoons of aloe vera juice daily.
- Aloe can be used as a personal lubricant. It’s pH balanced and can stave off bacteria and infections. Hubba hubba.
Talk about a useful plant!
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