Aloe Vera: Herbal Healing On Contact
Aloe vera is probably the most well known and popular herbs in modern day society. Though many people think it is a cactus, Aloe Vera is actually from the
succulent plant family instead. Aloe vera is best known for it's contact healing properties, and as such it is widely used in a variety of cosmetic products such as shampoos, lotions, and hair conditioning rinses.
Aloe vera in it's natural and pure form is a contact healer. This means it can start relieving pain on contact, and it starts promoting healing on contact as well. It's extremely useful for burns, scrapes, cuts, and minor abrasions, and it's found most often in over the counter remedies for sunburn.
Unfortunately many over the counter sunburn products contain a variety of other, non herbal ingredients in them as well. In fact, some products contain so little true aloe vera, that they're often quite ineffective at treating sunburns or other minor skin problems.
Natural aloe vera however, is powerful because it has the ability to penetrate all layers of the skin. This is part of what makes it such a wonderful and effective pain reliever and contact healer. This property however, can also be dangerous when aloe vera is mixed with chemicals commonly found in popular products today.
When sunburn lotions, hair treatments, and other beauty or wellness products have alcohol, perfumes, and various chemical ingredients included with the aloe vera, using them poses a risk of the aloe vera carrying those toxins underneath the body's skin. The skin is designed to help protect the body from having harmful elements enter it, but if the aloe vera allows those ingredients to penetrate fully, then it can cause unexpected illnesses and health problems.
Because of this, the safest way to use aloe vera for treating burns, abrasions, scrapes and cuts is to use only pure aloe vera juices or gels. These can usually be purchased in bottled forms at any local health food or herbal store, and they'll last for some time in your refrigerator. Alternatively of course, you can simply keep one or more live aloe vera plants growing in your home, then slice open a leaf as needed.
Aloe vera juice or gel is an excellent remedy to use for sore or cracked nipples on nursing mothers. It also stimulates the circulation around wounded areas, which helps speed up the healing process. It's wonderful to use for removing dead skin cells too, plus it helps promote the
re-growth of new skin cells. This not only makes it useful for wounds and cuts, but it's an excellent face wash for acne, or for simply maintaining healthy and youthful facial skin.
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