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15 Clever Uses for Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is an easy to grow plant that even those who fail miserably at growing everything else can grow.  And, of course, we all know it is an excellent sun burn soother.  (I used an entire tube of aloe vera after I stayed out in the hot North Carolina sun a few hours too long one summer; aloe vera was the only things that brought my flaming skin relief.)

Many people think that soothing a sun burn is aloe vera’s only use, but it turns out, much like witch hazel [3], there are many uses for aloe vera.

Skin Care

Asthma Reliever

Boil some aloe vera leaves with water and inhale to clear breathing.

Internal Relief?

A quick trip around the web will find several intestinal problems that aloe vera can help remedy including:

However, before you use aloe vera in any way internally, consult with your doctor first.  Dr. Mike Roussell, Ph.D. cautions in Shape Magazine that in one study aloe vera leaves ingested internally were found to cause tumors in rats, while in a 2004 study in the U.K. no significant side effects were found when people took aloe vera internally to help with ulcerative colitis (Shape Magazine [4]).

You can grow your own aloe vera plants at home and use them on an as needed basis for topical skin treatments.  You can also buy the gel at a store, but keep in mind, there is no regulation, so you may be getting 100% aloe vera gel or aloe vera gel that has been watered down to make the product stretch further.  While aloe vera drinks are also available, only take after you have consulted your physician as it may be detrimental to your health.

Do you use aloe vera in other ways?

(Photo: tessawatson [5])