The aloe vera plant is an excellent herbal remedy for healing and rejuvenating skin. The gel is the most commonly used part from the plant itself. Herbalists like using this gel as a first aid for sunburn, wounds, and burns. Aloe vera gel helps in very dry skin and is useful in treating ringworm and other fungal infections. You can use aloe vera gel on mouth ulcers as well.The gel is also well known for its anti-aging and rejuvenating properties and is used in many anti-aging skin lotions and cream preparations.

The gel is moist, cool, bitter, and salty, while the leaves are bitter, moist, and hot. The gel has also been known to help lower blood sugar, stimulate bile flow, expel worms and lower
cholesterol. You can actually eat the leaves and seeds. The aloe vera leaves are useful for other conditions, although not as commonly used. They are a strong purgative and can be used
to treat severe constipation. You can aslo improve digestion and appetite by cooking and eating the leaves of the aloe vera plant.

The aloe vera plant originated from Africa but is now grown world wide. Since many years ago, Romans and Greeks used the aloe gel to treat battle wounds. During the Middle Ages, aloe vera gel was used primarily as a purgative. In India, the aloe vera gel is used as a cooling tonic for excessive pitta (fire element) in Ayurvedic medicine. In the 16th century, aloe vera was harvested as a crop in the West Indies. Research studies have also found that aloe vera gel to be a promising treatment for breast cancer, liver cancer, and HIV.

You can grow aloe vera indoors in most climates. It is a practical herb to be harvested, since it can be used for various purposes on your skin. For an easy to make herbal home remedy, simply split the leaf of the plant and squeeze out the gel. Next, apply the gel topically on your affected skin. You can also use the gel from several split leaves to make an
ointment. If you have a congestion, a steam inhalation that includes aloe can be used. To aid in appetite, simply make a tincture from the leaves.

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