Aloe species Aloes Health Benefits and Uses of Aloe Vera Gel
One of the best houseplants you can grow, aloe vera blends good looks with easy care. Long, dagger-like leaves look ferocious with their spiny edges, but those soft spines are harmless.
What makes it the perfect plant, though, is that inside each leaf is a gel that contains antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E and B12, folic acid and minerals including calcium, magnesium and zinc. Aloe vera gel, when applied topically, can provide quick relief for burns, cuts and bug bites because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Think of aloe as nature’s medicine cabinet.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, aloe vera gel also contains salicylic acid which can help tame acne flareups.
Aloe vera gel may also help with mild or moderate cases of psoriasis and may cause cold sores to go away faster because of its antiviral properties.