Home Remedies Using Aloe

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Aloe is a natural substance that can be used in a variety of home remedies. Related to cactus, aloe plants have leaves that contain a clear gel. When applied to the skin in home remedies, aloe gel may help promote healing for a number of everyday ailments.

Uses for Aloe

Research suggests that aloe gel contains compounds that help stimulate blood circulation, prevent cell death around wounds, and destroy bacteria and fungi.

In alternative medicine, some people use aloe for the following health problems:

  • burns
  • cold sores
  • frostbite
  • psoriasis
  • sunburn
  • wounds

Health Benefits Of Aloe

1) Burns

Studies show that aloe gel can help promote healing from burns. In fact, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) suggests using aloe to treat first-degree burns (a type of burn marked by redness, pain, and slight swelling when pressure is applied to the skin). However, the AAFP urges seeking medical attention if you experience any of the following:

  • A burn on your face, over a major joint (such as the knee or shoulder), or on your hands, feet, or genitals.
  • A first- or second-degree burn that covers an area larger than two inches in diameter.
  • Third-degree burn. (A type of burn that damages all layers of the skin, third-degree burns leave the skin white or charred. Due to damage in the nerves and tissue, third-degree burns may cause little or no pain.)

    2) Sunburn

    There's some evidence that aloe gel may help alleviate sunburn. In a small study published in Skin Pharmacology & Physiology in 2008, for instance, researchers found that use of a product containing 97.5 percent aloe gel helped reduce the inflammation associated with sunburn. In their analysis of tests on 40 volunteers, the study's authors determined that the aloe gel had some anti-inflammatory benefits superior to those of a gel containing 1 percent hydrocortisone (a topical steroid often used in sunburn treatment).

    How To Use Aloe Vera In Home Remedies

    Aloe gel is available for purchase in many drugstores and natural-food stores. When purchasing aloe gel, make sure to choose a product that lists aloe as the first ingredient on the label. Look for products with a high percentage of aloe gel in their formula.

    You can also source your aloe gel directly from the plant. When using fresh aloe for home remedies, start by cutting off a leaf as close to the stalk as possible. Then, cut the leaf length-wise and scrape out the gel with a knife. Aloe gel can then be applied to the area of skin in need of treatment.


    Due to a lack of research, little is known about the safety of regular or prolonged use of aloe. Some people may experience allergic reactions when using aloe.

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    While aloe gel may sometimes be used for minor wounds and burns, it's critical to seek medical attention for injuries or health problems. If you're in doubt about the severity of your injury or health issue, contact a medical provider immediately. In addition, you should contact a medical provider if your injury fails to heal after being treated with aloe remedies.

    Using Aloe Vera for Health

    Due to the limited research, it's too soon to recommend aloe for any condition. It's also important to note that self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences. If you're considering using aloe for any health purpose, make sure to consult your physician first.​


    American Academy of Family Physicians. "First Aid: Burns." December 2010.

    Maenthaisong R, Chaiyakunapruk N, Niruntraporn S, Kongkaew C. "The efficacy of aloe vera used for burn wound healing: a systematic review." Burns. 2007 Sep;33(6):713-8.

    National Institutes of Health. "Aloe: MedlinePlus Supplements." June 2012.

    Reuter J, Jocher A, Stump J, Grossjohann B, Franke G, Schempp CM. "Investigation of the anti-inflammatory potential of Aloe vera gel (97.5%) in the ultraviolet erythema test." Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2008;21(2):106-10.

    Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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