The beautiful thing about being on the Island was that the aloe vera plant could be found virtually in every neighbor’s backyard. Once they brought it to me to put on I was a bit hesitant because it was very slimy and had a strange composition. My teammates assured me that one of the primary health benefits of aloe vera was it's ability to close wounds and serve as a antiseptic them out. I only needed to rub the slimy substance from the plant into the wound to begin healing. Needless to say after about 5 days the cut from my stitches had healed with no complications. I could not believe that a plant from the backyard had this kind of healing properties and no one had informed me of this in the United States.
Upon doing more research on the health benefits of aloe vera I found that it has more than 70 nutrients inside of it. I had also witnessed the Dominicans mixing the aloe vera gel with other local concoctions and drinking it to relieve themselves of upset stomachs and digestive system ailments. Not only was I impressed by the health benefits of aloe vera but I was upset that this was not being used to it's full potential in the United States. The taste was not very good but the results that were achieved from taking the aloe plant are simply a work of GOD. After returning back home to the United States I realized that all of the beauty products that we were using contained aloe vera or some form of plant which helps in the aging process. It is said that the aloe removes dead cells from the skin and lightens dark spots.
The health benefits of aloe vera are definitely live miracles from nature that that have yet to be fully tapped. It would be a great idea for homeowners to buy the plant and nurture it to full growth. For all of life’s daily obstacles the health benefits of aloe vera would come in handy.