The University of Maryland Medical Center reported that Aloe was a popularly prescribed medicine in the United States throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, it remains one of the most commonly used medicinal herbs in the country.

Ingesting Aloe Vera remains a popular home remedy for the mouth, osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, fever, asthma and simply to be used as a general tonic. It’s even considered a natural beauty product.

The gel is also often applied to the skin to treat sunburns, burns, cuts, infections and other wounds. It acts as an analgesic and fights inflammation and itching. Thanks to two powerful immune-boosting compounds: lycoproteins and polysaccharides. On the other hand, the compound, Glycoproteins work to block pain and reduce inflammation while polysaccharides promote skin repair and keep it moisturized. There are scientific studies that reported aloes ability to treat burns better than conventional medication in terms of shortening healing time and pain.

The plant is also known to treat constipation, genital herpes, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, cancer, canker sores, upper respiratory tract infection, dental conditions, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease and lowers blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

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