Have you ever had a burn or a skin rash and wondered what could you easily apply to it? 

Aloe vera offers a healing agent that when applied topically is soothing and pain relieving. It contains rich concentrations of anthraquinones to promote rapid healing and tissue repair. A thikc application of aloe vera can soothe and cool at the same time. 

Do not use Aloe vera for staph infections such as impetigo as it seals the bacteria and can make it worse for it to grow and spread. 

In order to get the gel out of the firm leaf, split the leaf in half. Cut into it on a plate as the inside often oozes out and can be very sticky. If you want smooth gel, you can purée it in a blender or you can use it straight on the skin. 

As the aloe dries it will pull and tigheten the skin. This is normal. If it becomes uncomfortable, simply rinse the aloe with water and then repeat the application several times a day. 

In addition to helping skin burns, rashes, eczema, acne, and bites/stings, aloe can also be ingested to improve digestion. It is a safe laxative that derives from the aloin or bitter constituents. Usually the aloin is dried and powdered, and added to commercial laxatives or water drinks. You should be careful on how much you use because it can work very well. 

Aloe Vera contains vitamins B, E, selenium, silicon, enzymes, aloin, anthraquinones, polyaccharides, and tannins. 

If you have arthritis, you may find aloe vera to help ease your pain and provide comfort. Make a gel and combine it with a couple drops of doTerra or Young Living peppermint oil. Apply topically to sore muscles and joints, massaging it in gently.

Aloe plants are relatively easy to grow in all climates. They need just a little water and enjoy some sun.