Face, sunburn, how to use it?

Aloe vera is a succulent plant that contains a gel and latex. Used in herbal medicine and cosmetics, it has many benefits for the skin: sunburn, acne, herpes … provided that you know how to use it. Instructions for use, precautions and contraindications.

Definition: What is aloe vera?

L ‘cactus Or Aloe Barbadensis are the botanical names CactusesSucculent plant from hot and dry regions of the world. It appears to come from the Middle East or Egypt, and it was the Egyptians who used it for laxative purposes. However, it is important to distinguish between:

  • aloe vera gel (transparent gum) extracted from the inside of the leaves,
  • And the sap or latex Yellow of the wall of the leaves. Very bitter, hardens in air and soluble in alcohol.

These two substances have different uses in herbal medicine and cosmetics.

Aloe vera cultivation. © Anna Ivanova

The gel obtained directly from aloe vera leaves (a clear, sticky, slightly liquid gel) is used or purchased pure in commerce in Apply it to the affected skin areas. Repeat several times a day if necessary. This gel is used in case of First and second degree burns, infections and skin infections, genital herpes, lichen planus, psoriasis. “In cosmetology, it can be used as a serum before applying a day cream, fixing natural remedy. It can be used as a natural lubricant alone or with latex condoms but with caution‘, sets out Amélie Mounier, FENA-certified in Physiotherapy, in Vincennes.

The latex in aloe vera gel is toxic!

Aloe vera gel, which is pale green to colorless, contains tannins, which is Rich in 12 Vitamins (A, B, C, E), 20 minerals and 18 amino acids, enzymes and polysaccharides (natural carbohydrates)A real nutritious cocktail! It is known for its moisturizing, healing and softening properties. in local application directly to the skin, Aloe vera gel relieves skin lesions : Eczema, sunburn, superficial wounds, infections. It is also suitable for mucous membranes in case of genital herpes. In cosmetology, the pulp of aloe vera is used in the composition of hair products and creams for the face and body for moisturizing purposes. Aloe vera gel is also edible: it is extracted cold, and it is diluted in drinks intended to relieve digestive disorders.

Aloe vera quickly cools the heat of sunburn and deeply moisturizes the skin. In the case of first or second degree sunburn, applying pure aloe vera is also helpful to speed up healing. It is applied several times a day directly to the sunburn until healing. Warning: fileExposure to the sun is not recommended After applying aloe vera gel to contain Enhance the effect of the image.

What are the benefits of aloe vera for the skin?

Aloe vera has multiple benefits for the skin. Can be used:

→ In case of acne.

→ In case of sunburn.

→ against redness Aloe vera gel moisturizer. As a mask on the face, neck and upper chest area, it relieves redness and moisturizes. Apply generously and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing.

→ Against psoriasis : Applying aloe vera gel to mild to moderate psoriasis lesions reduces their severity and appears to improve comfort for people with psoriasis.

→ Against lichen planus: This autoimmune disease is manifested by lesions located on the skin and mucous membranes. Applying aloe vera gel to the affected areas helps reduce symptoms. Aloe vera gel can be used as a mouthwash 3 times a day to relieve oral lesions.

What are the benefits of aloe vera on acne?

The healing, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and skin regeneration effect of aloe vera recommends applying it to a clean face in the morning and / or evening before cream or vegetable oil.

What are the benefits of herpes?

Aloe vera gel can be effective in relieving the lesions caused by this viral infection. Thanks to its healing and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin and mucous membranes, aloe vera produces a protective film and activates cell renewal. It may be interesting to use it in addition to allopathic therapy, as a naturopathic therapist recommends.

What are the benefits of aloe vera when the hair dries?

Aloe vera gel used as a hair tonic. It is effective in case of scalp inflammation. Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of gel with 1 tablespoon of honey. Cover hair with the mixture and leave it on for 1 to 3 hours before shampooing.

What is the use of aloe vera juice?

“the juice Aloe vera, also called latexit contains Alwyn. This bitter-tasting substance is a powerful laxative that can quickly become irritating.Physiotherapy warns. It is intended for internal use in the treatment of occasional constipation and for a very short period of use.​​

What are the reasons for using aloe vera capsules?

internally: The juice (latex) from aloe vera is used in capsuleIn the evening bedtime in case occasional constipation, only a few days. Start with small doses and increase as needed.

What precautions should you take with aloe vera?

  • Use the purest aloe vera gel to get all the benefits of aloe vera gel.
  • for internal use, Prefer products reserved for this purpose and make sure that they do not contain sap or win to avoid the Undesirable laxative effects.
  • The gel should be stored at a low temperature It should not be heated.
  • TheExposure to the sun is not recommended After applying aloe vera gel because of its photo sensitizing effect.
  • The Consumption of aloe latex It also presents with serious side effects: malaise, vomiting, diarrhea, and risk of cancer. The utmost vigilance is recommended.

What are the contraindications of aloe vera?

L ‘Internal use of aloe vera gel and latex is contraindicated In pregnant or lactating women, frail individuals and children. These residents should not eat fresh leaves that contain gelatin and latex.

aloe vera leaves
aloe vera leaves © Ministry of Health

but also in case Abdominal pain of unknown origin, intestinal obstruction and acute gastroenteritis. Aloe vera is also prohibited in case Kidney disorders Due to the strong laxative properties of the sap and the substances it contains.People who take laxatives or diuretics Interactions with aloe vera juice should also be avoided‘, points out a naturopath.

Thanks to Amélie Mounier, FENA naturopath, in Vincennes.

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