Back in ancient Egyptian times, aloe vera was called the "plant of immortality". Fast-forward a few thousand years, and the Australian organic skin care market has finally caught on to the benefits of this mini cactus plant.
For the most part, aloe vera is used to treat a range of skin conditions. It contains a whopping 200 active compounds, including vitamins A, B, C and E, amino acids, enzymes, minerals, beta carotene, and polysaccharides, all of which stimulate cell renewal, hydrate the skin, and boost circulation. Plus, the gel from the plant works as a protective layer that soothes, heals, and prevents skin from getting infected. It contains hormones that ensure skin heals quickly and with minimal scarring. Due to these moisturising and healing properties, aloe vera is useful in treating sunburn, wounds, minor skin infections, acne, cysts, eczema, psoriasis, and even dandruff. It is also fairly gentle, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin.
The internal health benefits of aloe vera juice are just as impressive. Because it is an antiseptic, it improves digestion and relieves ulcers, and is often prescribed for gum diseases like gingivitis.
The following products contain Aloe Vera: