What is Aloe Vera Gel Good for?
Internal & External Benefits

Aloe Vera gel is one of the most popular go-to ingredients to have on hand during the sunny summer months to treat sunburns. But it can be used for so much more!

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Jimena Bolívar

March 01, 2021


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Introduction

Aloe Vera gel is one of the most popular go-to ingredients to have on hand during the sunny summer months to treat sunburns. But did you know Aloe Vera gel has so much more to offer? While it’s most popular to use topically, internally using aloe can be just as beneficial.

In addition to cooling and healing sunburns Aloe Vera can be used to treat all kinds of ailments—inside and out. If you suffer from constipation, bloating, dehydration or heartburn then this is the post for you! Incorporating Aloe to your many routines will have a positive result. Stop restricting your aloe use to only sunburns! Keep reading to find out ways to keep aloe gel in your routine—year round!

What is Aloe Vera Gel Good For?

Aloe Vera gel’s most popular use is on sunburns, but it can be effective on so much more! When paired with a lotion or cream, it locks in moisture and keeps skin smooth. Its antiseptic properties help to clean and prevent infection on small cuts. Some of its lesser known uses are as a mouthwash alternative, a natural laxative and way of keeping your produce fresh! Don’t just reach for your Aloe gel when you have a sunburn! Keep reading to find out reasons to always have some aloe on hand!

What are Some Uses for Aloe Gel?

Aloe gel can —and should— be used both externally and internally. However, the kind of gel used for your typical sunburn, and the gel you should be taking internally are oftentimes different. And using the wrong kind of gel can have serious consequences! Continue reading to find out more uses for Aloe gel and where to find the perfect Aloe gel for you!

1. External

Reserving Aloe gel for only sunburns is a common mistake! Aloe’s cooling, moisturizing and smoothing effect can be used for far more. Obviously, Aloe Vera can be used on burns, small cuts, and irritated skin— but what else? It’s cooling and soothing effects make it an excellent after-shower-gel. It can also be used as a natural aftershave, its antiseptic attributes help to minimize razor burn and ingrown hairs. Try applying a small amount of Aloe Vera gel instead of—or before— your aftershave or lotion.

The Aloe works as an antiseptic, cleaning the affected area as well as providing moisture. If you’re someone who frequently cuts themselves shaving, Aloe will help to clean the cuts as painlessly as possible! Aloe gel can also be mixed with hair care products to detangle and maximize shine! If you suffer from dandruff or an itchy scalp, adding a quarter sized amount to your shampoo can help soothe the irritation. Aloe gel is easy to find and affordable.

However, if you have sensitive skin make sure to check the ingredient lists before purchasing. Some Aloe gels have chemicals for smell and color that could be irritating to your skin. Be careful when using gel with added chemicals—especially on sensitive skin such as your eye area! Look below to see a guide to our favorites!

2. Internal

Taking a spoonful of Aloe Vera gel in the morning may seem strange, but will likely have many benefits to your health. Aloe Vera is a very mild ingredient, so the risks and side effects are basically nonexistent. Taking a small amount of Aloe can work as a natural laxative, curing constipation. And, when taken during or directly before mealtimes, Aloe has also been researched to offer heartburn relief…

And, even if you don’t suffer from heartburn or constipation, Aloe has something to offer you! Aloe gel basically acts as a liquid green vitamin. It’s packed with Vitamin A, B12, and C, as well as minerals like calcium, potassium, zinc, sodium and magnesium. Aloe helps lower blood pressure, promotes a healthy liver, and break down toxins.

Many people are surprised when they hear Aloe Gel can be taken internally. But it’s true, there are countless benefits to taking a few tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel by mouth every day. But, you do have to be careful. Most of the Aloe Vera gels found online or in stores have chemicals added for smell, coloring or as preservatives.

These chemicals, while fine when used on a sunburn, should not be eaten. To avoid this, make sure you carefully research your Aloe Gel before purchasing and using it. Or, if you want to be 100% sure that there are no chemicals or preservatives, make your own Aloe gel from the houseplant by cutting the long spiky leaves into slices and scooping the gel from the inside out.

Quick Tip

Aloe gel can sometimes have a bitter taste... If you’re someone who dislikes that, try adding your aloe gel to water, juice or smoothie to mask the bitterness.

Keep Reading!

Aloe Vera is much more than a pretty succulent. It’s considered by many to be the world’s oldest medicine. It’s about time we all take advantage of it’s incredible powers! To learn about other forms of Aloe Vera and their uses check out our other posts! Learn more about how Aloe Vera can transform your skin, hair and internal health.

The Aloe market can be intimidating sometimes… There’s aloe leaf, gel, powder and juice! Keep reading our posts to easily find out which Aloe products best fit your specific needs—and the places to buy them. Or, if you’re interested in caring for and utilizing your own aloe plant read some of our gardening posts!

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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