The medicinal uses for aloe vera date all the way back to King Solomon, who was reported to have used the leaves of this succulent plant as a laxative. Hippocrates mentioned at least 14 different concoctions containing this botanical, and Alexander the Great conquered an island in order to supply his troops with aloe vera.
Speeds healing of wounds, burns and more. Aloe is best known for its wound- and burn-healing properties. Aloe has antimicrobial properties and has been demonstrated to be effective against many common bacteria and fungi. In a clinical trial, patients with comparable second-degree burns on two different areas of the body were treated with silver sulfadiazine (a topical antibacterial widely used in emergency rooms and hospitals) on one site and aloe cream on the other. The aloe-treated burns healed significantly faster and were completely gone within 16 days, compared to 19 days for the silver compound.
Complex carbohydrates (polysaccharides) from the gel of the inner leaves of the aloe plant have been shown to activate several immune system components. And other compounds, such as enzymes and amino acids, found in aloe help promote overall digestive health. Take advantage of these medicinal uses of aloe vera by drinking aloe juice or taking supplements that contain aloe extracts.