If we had to pick the single most beneficial plant that mother nature blessed us with, I think we would all be stuck between Marijuana or Aloe Vera. Both are amazing plants, but did you know that aloe vera can cure psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, and other skin allergies?
Aloe vera is one of the most mentioned plants in medical history. Ancient Chinese and Egyptians used aloe vera to treat burns, wounds, and even reduce fever. It is basically usable in every single life situation, as it is amazing for everything. Legend reports that Alexander the Great, upon the advice of Aristotle, conquered the island of Socotra, off the coast of Africa, to secure supplies of aloe vera in order to treat wounded soldiers. Cleopatra used aloe in her daily skin treatments. In 1944, the Japanese who were exposed to the “A” bomb applied aloe gel to their wounds and reported faster healing and less scarring.
Aloe vera is great for treating skin conditions because it is packed full of anti-inflammatory properties. When skin conditions such as psoriasis become inflamed, applying aloe vera to it can make a world of a difference – not just because it is cool and gelly either. Research published in the November 2006 “Skin Research and Technology” proves this hypothesis. Researchers found that aloe vera hydrates the skin by having a humectant effect — acting as a skin barrier that prevents water loss.
Aloe vera treats eczema in much of the same way, but especially because it hydrates the skin. It is thought to be due to the high sugar content of the plant. It allows it to act as a humectant, attracting water to the epidermis. It can reduce the tightened and tense feeling of eczema. It also calms down the itch. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties, it calms down the inflammation of eczema, resulting in less itching.
Aloe vera is also amazing for treating dermatitis. It has an enzyme that helps create hair growth. Aloe vera is able to penetrate deep into multiple layers of the skin. Use it as shaving gel, and it will give the skin a nice, refreshed, and hydrated feel. Herbal remedies using aloe vera can treat various skin disorders like psoriasis vulgar and seborrheic dermatitis.