Aloe vera has been used for centuries and there has been some debate as to whom used the succulent first. Some sources date its use to the ancient Egyptians who were given the plant as a gift during funerals. Other sources date its use to ancient China who used the plant for healing wounds.
Aloe vera, typically purchased in a gel or lotion form, is a succulent plant from the genus Aloe. It grows abundantly in tropical climates and due to it being a succulent, the plant does not require much water, thus can grow with little maintenance. Aloe vera is usually used as a gooey thick liquid made from the flesh of the aloe vera plant leaf.
Aloe vera can be found in any local health food store or pharmacy. It is commonly used in the cosmetics industry and makes over 13 billion dollars in profit.
Benefit #1: Accelerates the Healing of Burns
One of the most ancient uses of aloe vera was as a cream to protect the skin from sun as well as a treatment for wounds and burns. Its use for these purposes is still commonly approved. In fact, in 1959, the FDA approved aloe vera ointment as an over-the-counter medication for skin burns. This action to do so was based upon studies that suggested the cream was effective against first- and second-degree burns.
In a review of the ointment as a wound healer, it was found that aloe vera could reduce the healing time of burns by 9 days in comparison to other medications.