Aloe Vera Can Be Used To
Treat Oral Ailments
The journal General Dentistry recommends trying a natural, cost-effective substance to treat a variety of oral problems — the aloe vera plant.
According to researchers, aloe vera speeds healing and reduces pain associated with canker sores and doesn’t sting or taste bad when applied. Aloe vera juice can be taken as a drink or gel can be applied topically, according to the researchers.
Researchers said aloe vera has been found effective in treating canker sores, cold sores, herpes simplex viruses and lichen planus, a recurring, itchy inflammatory rash or lesion on the skin or in the mouth. Aloe vera lip balm is also an effective healer for chapped lips. – American Dental Association.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits
Aloe is chock full of antioxidants which promote a strong immune system and the polysaccharides also have anti-inflammatory qualities. Some people use aloe to help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers and to detoxify the intestinal track.
Kelly Morrow is a core faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.
“Aloe vera is soothing to the mucosal tissues in the gut,” says Kelly Morrow, MS, RD, CD, a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University in Washington.
Aloe can help take the sting out of swollen lips and can also be used as a moisturizer for chapped lips.
Cucumber Eye Gel
(By James Wong, “Grow Your Own Drugs”)
- 1 aloe vera leaf
- 1 small cucumber, chopped
- ½ cup distilled extract of witch hazel
- 1 packet gelatin
- 1 white tea teabag
- 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Peel and slice the aloe leaf to extract gel.
- Put the cucumber and aloe gel into a blender and process until smooth.
- Strain the mixture through a sieve to extract the juice, setting aside ½ cup of the strained juice.
- Add the witch hazel to a small pan, whisk in the gelatin and add the teabag. Gently heat the mixture until it just starts to thicken. Remove from heat.
- As it cools, remove the teabag, then whisk in the cucumber and aloe juice mixture and add the peppermint oil.
- Pour the gel into a sterilized, airtight pump dispenser.
Apply to the eye area before bed and wash off in the morning.
Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NIH) comments about the aloe vera how Nature’s soothing healer to periodontal disease.
Recent interest and advances in the field of alternative medicine has promoted the use of various herbal and natural products for multiple uses in the field of medicine. Aloe vera is one such product exhibiting multiple benefits and has gained considerable importance in clinical research. This clinical study focuses on Aloe vera and highlights its property when used as a medicament in the periodontal pocket.
Materials and Methods:
A total number of 15 subjects were evaluated for clinical parameters like plaque index, gingival index, probing pocket depth at baseline, followed by scaling and root planing (SRP). Test site comprised of SRP followed by intra-pocket placement of Aloe vera gel, which was compared with the control site in which only SRP was done, and clinical parameters were compared between the two sites at one month and three months from baseline.
Results exhibited encouraging findings in clinical parameters of the role of Aloe vera gel as a drug for local delivery.
We conclude that subgingival administration of Aloe vera gel results in improvement of periodontal condition. Aloe vera gel can be used as a local drug delivery system in periodontal pockets.