Aloe vera does more than soothe burns — 4 health benefits of aloe

ADHD Assist
3 min readFeb 15, 2022
aloe plant

Did you know aloe vera is for more than just burns? 😮

This humble house plant is touted for its ability to soothe burns as well as enhance skin health, optimize gut health, and the lesser-known benefit of lowering blood glucose levels when consuming capsules or juice.

Let’s dive in.


  • Aloe is pretty well documented as a burn remedy, but it doesn’t hurt to hammer this point in.
  • A study was done comparing the burn healing effects of aloe vs vaseline and gauze. The results ⬇️
  • The average time of healing in the aloe gel area was 11.89 days and 18.19 days for the vaseline gauze-treated wound.
  • This study showed the effectiveness of aloe vera gel on partial-thickness burn wounds. If you are as clumsy as me in the kitchen, this plant is handy to have around.
aloe and vaseline picture


  • Aloe is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and this is why it can be put to good use for gut issues such as IBS.
  • A meta-analysis (a big study that compiles lots of other studies to make a conclusion) was done on using aloe for IBS and it was proven to be a safe and effective treatment for IBS symptoms with no adverse/negative issues from taking it.
  • It can have a laxative effect when you are bunged up and can also have a soothing effect when you can’t stop going 💩🚽.
  • It also has been shown to help treat leaky-gut syndrome (when your gut cells aren’t super tight together, so stuff in the gut that is meant to stay there passes into the bloodstream 😔) in animal studies by helping to increase zonulin expression in the gut (the clips that keep gut cells together 🙂).



  • As little as 1200mg/day of an aloe supplement was able to improve skin elasticity and reduce facial wrinkles after 90 days of supplementation.
  • Aloe gel significantly improves wrinkles and elasticity in aged human skin, with an increase in collagen production in the skin and a decrease in the collagen-degrading MMP-1 gene expression.


  • To my surprise, there is actually very little evidence available in the literature looking at the effectiveness of aloe used topically for anti-aging. There is anecdotal evidence that it helps to unclog pores and softens the skin when used in a mask or as a standalone product on the face.
  • However, aloe has AMPLE evidence that it helps treat these skin maladies: genital herpes, psoriasis, HPV, seborrheic dermatitis, lichen planus and general skin inflammation.
aloe plant skin health


  • When you drink aloe vera juice or take aloe vera supplements, they can help lower your blood sugar levels which is a prominent issue nowadays with heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome running rampant and claiming many people’s lives sooner than we’d like.
  • 300 mg supplements twice a day were able to significantly lower fasting blood sugars levels after 4 weeks.
  • 300 mg supplements twice a day were able to significantly reduce HbA1C (long-term blood sugar marker) after 8 weeks.
  • BONUS: IMPROVES LIPID PROFILE — 500 mg twice a day was able to reduce the levels of total cholesterol and LDL-C along with HDL-C level improvement just after eight weeks.

Okay. Go buy some aloe.




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