Can Aloe Vera Cure Your Eczema?
Aloe vera is a wonderfully favourable plant that has an array of usefulness for our health. Additional to being taken internally, aloe vera can be very healing to eczema when used topically.
The benefits of topical aloe vera include its capacity to deeply hydrate the skin either applied directly from the plant itself or through use of aloe vera based products. Polysaccharides is the name for the complex sugars in aloe which account for the plants ability to deeply penetrate the skin with hydration and keep the moisture locked in.
HISTORY OF ALOE VERA
The cited use of Aloe Vera has been found throughout history and goes back as far as the 1500 BC! As the touted 'Plant of Immortality', the Egyptian Book of Remedies traditionally noted aloe as a plant used for treating the skin, curing infection and for use in the preparation of digestion drugs (laxatives).
It is an extremely adaptable plant which can grow up to 100cm in height. Its leaves are a distinct thick green or an off grey-green and serrated along the edge. Aloe flowers in early spring time by producing a yellow flower at the end of a long spike. As an attractive succulent, aloe vera is an easily kept plant for most people.
This medicinal plants reputation has stayed strong all through history with its healing and therapeutic wealth, aloe vera is now a commonplace product in the household known best for its treatment of sunburn.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA
In a time where humans are more exposed to toxins and health conditions are on the rise, we are in need of better health options which is why the prevalence of aloe vera and the ease of its growth and availability on the market is exactly what is needed. The known health benefits range from assisting with minor cuts and burns including sunburn, moisturising, soothing, bacterial fighting properties, helping digestion and its immunity and nutritional rich and diverse when ingested.
ALOE VERA FOR ECZEMA AND DERMATITIS
As the cases of eczema increase with every generation, the need for products that provide relief from the discomfort associated with the intense itch and burning becomes of high importance for the sufferer and carers alike.
Aloe vera helps soothe and heal eczema in the same way it soothes and nourishes burnt skin. The anti-inflammatory and cell regenerating properties are the main factors to thank for successful patient studies in second degree burn victims. Further to the studies, much anecdotal evidence has been cited with success for itch and stinging reduction.
Many drug medicated treatments available for eczema today also come with their share of risks. The corticosteroids which are a staple prescription for most doctors are known to thin the skin, disrupt hormonal functions of the body and more recently have been suggested to cause addiction, exacerbation of eczema and chronic health issues to sufferers. So it is nice to find a natural product coming onto the market which can help ease the burden of eczema by providing a gentle type of relief which doesn’t come with nasty side effects.
Everyone's body is different and of course, their triggers for eczema will differ. With the gentle nature of aloe vera for eczema, its natural capacity to heal and it’s relatively cheap price tag, it's enough for some people to give it a chance in helping relieve the symptoms of this potentially debilitating skin condition.
Always check the ingredients when purchasing aloe vera for eczema. It is very important for the eczema sufferer to ensure their products are not laden with chemicals and irritants such as alcohol. This is why I always research the products I both use and recommend. Basically, I wouldn't recommend anything I wouldn't consider using myself!
That being said, there are aloe vera products on the market which are highly rated and 100% certified organic, such as ArtNaturals Aloe Vera Gel which have a simple and all-natural ingredient list.