When it comes to naming nourishing natural ingredients, you may be familiar with a little plant called Aloe. Aloe, or Aloe vera, is a powerhouse ingredient that boasts a huge number of benefits. It’s useful for everything from relieving skin irritations to helping lower your blood pressure.
Here at Lily Bird, we love this little plant and want others to know about its many benefits too. Although we’re certain you’ve heard about Aloe, you still might not be aware of all it has to offer. Read on for a quick rundown on why Aloe is such a helpful and beneficial ingredient to include in your routine.
A Little Background On Aloe Vera
Aloe vera, also known as Aloe barbadensis if you want to get scientific, is a popular medicinal plant that has been around for thousands of years. So, if you’re wondering about the legitimacy behind this little plant, know that it’s been used for years by our ancestors before us.
This short-stemmed, cactus-like plant grows best in hot, dry climates and stores water in its leaves. For years, people have used the clear gel from this plant for numerous health and nutritional purposes. The gel found in Aloe leaves are chock-full of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and antioxidants. We also can’t forget about its antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties, which are helpful for healing wounds and skin issues.
What Does Aloe Vera Help With?
So, now you’re probably wondering, what exactly is the craze behind Aloe vera? We’re not going to dive into a botanical lesson on the extensive properties of this plant, but we are going to talk about the benefits you can expect when using it. Aloe vera does the following:
- Helps to hydrate and heal the skin
- Can help improve acne and prevent wrinkles
- Can help reduce constipation (used sparingly of course)
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Can help with liver function
- Can help with digestion
- Helps with dental plaque
Aloe Vera: Your Vagina’s New Best Friend?
Now, we wouldn’t be Lily Bird if we didn’t tell you what Aloe vera does for your lady parts. Turns out, this little plant could be your vagina’s new bestie due to its antibacterial properties, especially during menopause. When menopause occurs, it’s not uncommon for women to develop something called vaginal atrophy. This is when your vaginal walls experience thinning, drying, and inflammation, which we know isn’t any fun. Fortunately, vaginal cream with Aloe vera was shown to significantly improve women’s symptoms and be an effective treatment option, in one study.
If vaginal atrophy isn’t an issue for you, but you’re experiencing bacterial vaginosis, bladder issues like interstitial cystitis, or UTIs, consider Aloe vera. This beneficial plant also reduces irritation and provides soothing comfort to the skin around the vaginal area. Considering all of the above, it does sound like Aloe vera could be a gal’s best friend!
Aloe On The Go
We’ve gone through the benefits of Aloe vera, so how can you use it? Aloe vera can be taken in various forms, so you can find a convenient way to take this wondrous little nutrient no matter where you are. Some of the most common forms you can find and consume (or apply) Aloe include:
#1 Aloe Gel
The gel from Aloe is perfect for topical applications. Slather some on your skin for an instant boost of moisture and comfort.
#2 Aloe Juice
The juice is made by grinding the Aloe leaf down and extensively filtering it into a liquid. You can drink Aloe juice for a needed antioxidant boost, better liver function, constipation issues, and much more.
#3 Aloe Vera Supplements
Throw a little Aloe into your supplement routine and conveniently get the benefits that you desire. Have a little supplement cocktail, we won’t tell.
#4 Aloe Vera Oil
Some folks prefer oil because you can easily rub it onto your skin or into your scalp for amazing benefits to the skin and hair. So, don’t mind us. We’ll just be here slathering some of this magic oil on and hoping we wake up looking like Rapunzel.
#5 Aloe Vera Powder
The powder form of Aloe is perfect for mixing into your drinks for an added nutritional boost that allows you the benefits of Aloe vera while sipping on your favorite drink.
#6 Or A Wipe For Your Lady Parts
Psst. Here at Lily Bird, we love the powerful nourishing and revitalizing effects of Aloe vera so much that we just had to include it in one of our own products. Our Lily Bird Cleansing Cloths can gently clean and help moisturize every inch of skin without any disruptions to your pH balance or unnecessary irritation.
Should I Aloe Or Should I Go?
….Is that not how the song goes? If you’re debating on trying out Aloe vera, whether through a supplement or a cleansing cloth, all signs point to yes. This beneficial ingredient has antioxidant and nutritional properties to leave you feeling your absolute best. Keep your skin protected and moisturized, and also provide a variety of healthy boosts throughout your body. Don’t just take our word for it. Try out this amazing nourishing plant for yourself.
Ready to do yourself, and your best friend down below, a favor and try Lily Bird Cleansing Cloths? Get yours today.
By Jessica Thomas, MPH