Aloe Vera Benefits And Uses
Aloe vera is a natural antiseptic, which means it helps kill bacteria, mold, and even some viruses. Whether you’re using it to treat burns or treat Athlete’s Foot, aloe is a great thing to have around. The vitamins and minerals in aloe help fight the flu, and will get rid of cold sores in just a few days. I have always used fresh aloe from the plant on small cuts and burns, and they heal much faster!
In ancient days, Chinese and Egyptians used aloe for treatment of wounds and burns, and also to reduce fever. Egyptians used aloe to make papyrus-like scrolls, and for treatment of tuberculosis. Cleopatra even used aloe vera gel as part of her beauty routine. What’s good enough for Cleopatra is good enough for me!
In more recent times, aloe has been used for many things such as: weight loss, preventing stretch marks, treating acne, shrinking worts, and even as an antidote to allergic reactions on the skin. From removing eye makeup to treating indigestion, aloe really is one of the most beneficial plants ever!
Aloe Vera Recipes
Drink aloe vera to help ease PMS symptoms, and to relieve constipation. Mixing cherry juice with aloe vera makes it have a nice flavor.
Beauty Recipes Using Aloe
Because aloe is antibacterial, it’s good for nicks while shaving. It’s also a great moisturizer, which makes it perfect to use in bath and body recipes.
Use a small amount of aloe in your damp hair as a curl definer/frizz tamer. You can even use it as a shampoo! Simply mix 1/4 cup aloe vera gel with 2 tablespoons honey. Blend and use as a shampoo.
Aloe vera helps eczema and other skin conditions, and helps your hair grow when you use it as a leave-in conditioner. Rinse your hair with cool water, and pat dry as to not cause frizz or breakage.
How To Use:
When you need to use some, simply break off a small piece of the plant and use the inside gel/liquid. You can either squeeze out the get or peel back the outer skin and then rub the inner gel on the burn, cut or whatever you are using it on.
If you want to start growing your own aloe at home, be sure to check out my post on How to Care for an Aloe Vera Plant.
Please note that I am not a medical professional and this post is not meant to replace your medications. As with any health treatment, be sure to consult your doctor before trying anything new.