According to Natural News’ “Health Ranger” Mike Adams, all succulents have self-repairing abilities. “They don't simply store water in a giant internal ‘water tank’ that leaks out if torn or punctured,” he affirms. “Their internal gel repairs any cut or tear by automatically shrinking the wound and creating a new water-tight seal. This gel matrix is comprised of hundreds of different phytochemicals that not only store water and repair injury, [but also] grant notable medicinal effects to humans who consume them.”
Because it can heal itself, aloe vera is a typical natural remedy for superficial injuries or skin problems like wounds, canker sores, and burns. Studies have shown that the self-healing properties of the gel have some “anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant effects” when applied topically on lesions.
Aloe vera gel is soothing when applied to skin inflammations, wounds, and irritations—it’s no surprise that the gel is also smoothening for dry skin, dry scalp… and even chapped lips! It is so effective that, “[in] the cosmetic and toilet industry, it is used as a base material for skin moisturizers, soaps, shampoos, sun lotions, makeup creams, perfumes, shaving creams, bath aids, and many other products,” according to studies published in the American Journal of Roentgenology and the Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Aloe vera gel has been found to moisturize and nourish the skin, as well as to help accelerate the regeneration of new skin tissue.
The skin cell regeneration is most obvious in the fact that wounds heal faster when treated with aloe vera gel. In a 2007 meta-analysis on the efficacy of aloe vera on healing a burn wound, it was concluded that aloe vera treatments reduced healing time by nine days as compared to conventional treatments. A newer evaluation, published in 2011 in Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects, however, points out that “due to differences in aloe vera products and outcome measures used, it is difficult to draw a specific conclusion regarding the effect of aloe vera on burn healing. Nonetheless, the results of the review combined with other evidence suggest that aloe vera preparations at a range of different doses are beneficial in the treatment of burn wounds.”