“The worst wounds, the deadliest of them, aren’t the ones people see on the outside. They’re the ones that make us bleed internally.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon, Infamous
Question: Can I use aloe vera to heal my burns and/or wounds? Should I consider it as one of the the best natural remedies for wounds?
We received quite a lot of questions regarding aloe vera gel. For those who are like Dr. Sam Radford, they won’t advise the use of aloe vera as they don’t believe in natural remedies.
But for us at Vim Ch’I, we do believe that it can HELP heal wounds or burns. This is based on our own experience.
The gel of aloe has been used for thousands of years in treating wounds, burns and other skin diseases.
The gel in this plant has phytochemicals. The content is high enough to ease pain and encourage faster healing.
The phytochemicals also reduce inflammation.
Because you can easily plant it at home, it becomes a go-to natural remedy for wounds and burns.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is native to the Cape of Good Hope in Africa. But it’s now cultivated in tropical countries.
This plant loves warm-weather but it also thrives in colder regions.
Fifteen thousand years ago, it was referred to an Egyptian Book of Remedies as the “Plant of Immortality.”
These days, it’s being used for both medicinal and cosmetic purposes.
And when you look at various body lotions and shampoos, you’ll surely find aloe vera as a common ingredient.
Healing Properties of Aloe Vera
The gel of aloe vera contains beneficial substances that can help with pain, swelling and itching as caused by burns and other skin irritations.
The substances will include glycoproteins. They contain analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
The polysaccharides in this plant have soothing effects to reduce the pain and promote healing.
The hydrating powers of the gel increases skin’s moisture content to speed up healing time.
Another healing substance of aloe vera is the bradykinase. It’s a natural pain reliever that reduces not just itchiness but it also promotes skin growth and encourages repair.
Lastly, aloe vera gel has anti-bacterial properties that prevent infection of wounds.
How About the Clinical Studies of Aloe Vera?
There were clinical studies conducted about aloe vera gel’s healing benefits.
One study in 2009 reported that the aloe’s anti-inflammatory benefits were more superior than the 1% hydrocortisone cream.
It was also reported that burns treated with this natural remedy healed faster than those burns treated with a pharmaceutical medication known as silver sulfadiazine.
Another report in 1999 said that the applications of aloe vera reduced scaling and itchiness in patients with seborrheic dermatitis.
Should All of Us Use Aloe Vera to Heal Wounds or Burns?
Aloe vera gel may be an effective natural remedy for wounds or burns but it’s not for everyone.
There are allergies to aloe that have been reported. If allergies or rashes arise upon application of the gel, you should discontinue using it.
If you’re allergic to onions or plants of the lily family, then aloe vera gel might not be a good idea to heal your wounds or burns.
When it comes to wounds and other skin conditions, you can heal them naturally, as long as you have the proper information on how to apply natural remedies appropriately.