Benefits & Uses for Aloe Vera
For thousands of years, people have used the gel from aloe vera leaves for healing and softening the skin. Aloe Vera is the “First Aid” plant. The gel inside the Aloe Vera leaves is soothing & has incredible, natural, skin care properties!
Aloe Vera plants provide high amounts of vitamins and minerals; its leaf is filled with a gel containing at least 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, & 18 amino acids.
Aloe Vera produces at least six natural antiseptics, which are able to kill mold, bacteria, funguses, and viruses. Learn about ways to put your magical Aloe Vera plant to use after splitting the leaves lengthwise down the middle.
Aloe Vera is a Carrier oil.
Essential oils are distilled from the leaves, bark, roots and other aromatic portions of a botanical whereas Carrier oils are pressed from the fatty portions (seeds, nuts, kernels).
Carrier oils dilute Essential Oils
kind of like carrying the essential oils onto your skin!
Less is more! Drop by drop of your essential oil(s) onto a tablespoon of carrier oil is all you'll need.
Carrier oils are mostly odorless, but some have a faintly sweet, nutty smell.
They should not have a strong smell.
Some things to keep in mind when using Carrier Oils:
Color! This may be important to you if you are creating a certain color blend or product.
Also, their unique smells may conflict with the smell you are trying to achieve. Their texture - too oily?, etc.
Storing carrier oils in your refrigerator can help they last longer, however, certain carrier oils should not be stored in the fridge(it will indicate that in the descriptions below).
If you do choose to store them in your fridge, return them to room temp first before you use them and
don't worry if they solidify or look cloudy at first!
Aloe Vera Recipes
Exfoliate dry skin by mixing with organic brown sugar. See below for recipe!
Mix equal parts of Aloe Vera gel with lemon juice to decrease dark spots and brighten skin. Aloe Vera may decrease pigmentation.
Make a homemade burn healer and then store in a little, airtight jar. Give Aloe Vera as gifts, share Aloe Vera with friends & family! See recipe below!
White flakes? Reduce hair dandruff by mixing Aloe Vera juice with coconut milk and wheat germ oil. Massage into scalp and rinse.
Soft feet! Get rid of Eczema! Exfoliate feet, knees and elbows with a mixture in the recipe below!
Aloe Vera Properties
Aloe Vera Is:
Aloe Vera plants produce a variety of substances with antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antioxidant properties; Aloe Vera made the list of superfoods and super herbs!
Hair - Stimulate hair growth & say goodbye to frizzy hair by massaging aloe into the scalp and hair; leave on for as long as possible, at least half an hour. Aloe Vera restores for silky smooth and promotes growth. Aloe Vera keeps hair well moisturized, combating the heat from styling appliances.
Moisturizer – simply scoop some out and apply; Aloe Vera absorbs quickly
Allergies, rashes - Relieve itching due to allergies and rashes or take the sting & itch out of insect bites (fight back! grow Citronella & Lemongrass plants in pots where you gather outside to keep those bugs away!)
Uses for Aloe Vera
Shaving - Replace shaving cream and use Aloe Vera gel; soothe razor burn and save money & your skin!
Dandruff – White flakes? Reduce hair dandruff by mixing aloe vera juice with coconut milk and wheat germ oil. Massage into scalp and rinse.
Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.
Athlete's Foot - Relieve athlete's foot by mixing Aloe Vera Gel with a drop or two of Tea Tree essential oil; it works!!
Frizz - helps smooth away those pesky static-frizzed hairs. Simply rub a bit of coconut oil in your hand and swipe over your hair
Burns, poison ivy, and blisters - Aloe Vera contains cooling properties similar to menthol. Combine with Lavender or Peppermint essential oils for a dual benefit!
Healing - apply to cuts, sores, and other skin infections; Aloe Vera has excellent antibacterial properties
Make up remover - save your money while healing your skin!
Beauty - Apply straight Aloe vera gel to skin to reduce age lines, remove scars and stretch marks; Cleopatra did!
Shower - Rub the inner sides of a cut Aloe Vera leaf on skin to use as a shower scrub (slice the aloe leaves lengthwise and use the inner sides)