Aloe Vera is an incredible plant. It is rich in vitamins like B12, minerals like magnesium and calcium, as well as amino acids and fatty acids. With more than 200 active components, its medicinal properties are simply astounding.
Some of the health concerns that Aloe Vera can address include those of the cardiovascular and digestive systems. But its most well-known applications are for common skin problems. For centuries, Aloe Vera has been regarded as one of the best healers of wounds and burns.
Because Aloe Vera is around 99% water, it’s an excellent way to rehydrate, meaning it can compensate for the loss of moisture due to eczema. It can improve the elasticity of the skin so it’s more flexible and you can avoid the leathery symptom that’s quite common. It also aids in the repair of collagen and elastin.
Aloe Vera in itself is an emollient that is great for making the skin softer and smoother. It is also an antipruritic so it can help with the itching. Additionally, aloe is an astringent that can make body tissues contract. This is especially useful in an advanced eczema stage where the patient suffers from open sores with bleeding.
Another useful property of Aloe Vera that works really well for eczema is that it has adaptogens. Adaptogens help the body adapt to stress, whether it be physical, environmental, or emotional and they also boost immunity to balance the entire system of your body.
How You Can Use Aloe Vera for Eczema
It is best to get this natural medicine direct from the source as it will have a stronger effect compared to any product available at drugstores. When you’re harvesting, make sure that you don’t kill the plant. Remove the hard spiny layer as well as the yellow latex to access the gel inside. You can keep the Aloe Vera gel in your refrigerator for up to a week.
Aloe Vera can be used topically and/or ingested. Just make sure that you’re using pure Aloe, especially if what you have is store-bought Aloe Vera product.
Aside from Aloe Vera, there may be other natural treatment approaches that could prove effective for your eczema. If you want to know more about them and if you’re interested in living a healthier life, drop by at Sloan Natural Health Center. We can tell you about our wonderful health programs that help you enjoy the best health possible.