I recall the many Aloe plants that my mother and her sisters had throughout their homes. The plants were always scary to me due their pointed leaves. To make it worst I accidentally broke a tip off of a stem one day rushing pass it. It ooze like ketchup out of a bottle which tripped me out because I’ve never seen a plant ooze before. My aunt picked up the broken portion of the planet and begin squeezing the remaining into her hands. Boy, did I think that I was going to be in trouble. She turned to me and begun to apply it to my arms and knee where I had injured myself the day prior from playing. She explained the benefits the best she could above all the uses-almost 25 years ago and I still celebrate Aloe to this day.
Forty fabulous uses from this “plant of immortality,” as affectionately dubbed by the Egyptians 6,000 years ago. That’s right; the spiky, green gem has a rich history of various cultures and personalities who used the plant’s moist middle in a plethora of practical uses. Like Cleopatra who applied the gel to her body as part of her beauty regimen, the ancient Greeks who used it to cure everything from baldness to insomnia to the Native Americans who called Aloe Vera the “Wand of the Heaven.”
Did you guys know that Aloe Vera produces at least six natural antiseptics, which are able to kill mold, bacteria, fungus’s, and viruses. In fact, the plant is so powerful that researchers and scientists are looking into its potential as an AIDS and cancer-fighter. From all-around health elixirs to simple beauty aids, learn about the various ways to put your little plant to maximal use after splitting the leaves lengthwise down the middle. Aloe is so amazing that we decided to add it to our skincare products. Aloe helps combat the drying effects of antibacterial soap before it even makes contact with your skin. The natural enzymes and minerals in aloe balance out the harsh antibacterial chemicals and help to moisturize and soothe skin with each use. There’s no better way to keep skin looking young and healthy than with products that contain Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is increasingly regarded as one of the best natural treatments for many of life’s ailments, from sunburns and hair loss to cracked, dry skin and wrinkles.
*If you decide to take Aloe Vera orally, seek out commercial, certified organic juice. And as for both topical and oral applications, it’s always recommended to consult your doctor beforehand.
40 Ways To Use Aloe Vera
Topical Aloe Uses
- Pamper yourself to a soothing body rub. Slice Aloe leaves lengthwise and use the inner sides as a biodegradable body scrub in the shower.
- Treat burns from minor mishaps in the kitchen—from grease splatters or hot utensils.
- For more major kitchen mishaps like a scald, mix some aloe gel and vitamin E oil into a little jar for a homemade burn healer.
- Banish black and blue bruises by swapping on the good goo.
- Soothe and heal sunburns the feel-good way. Aloe contains cooling properties similar to menthol.
- Take the sting or itch out of insect bites.
- Reduce tissue damage from frostbite.
- Alleviate mysterious rashes.
- Make feet baby soft with an exfoliating foot mask by mixing together a half cup of oatmeal, a half cup of corn meal, four tbsp. of Aloe Vera gel and a half cup of unscented body lotion.
- Help heal herpes outbreaks.
- Fight Athlete’s Foot.
- Swab over blisters for quick relief.
- Use as an antidote to allergic skin reactions.
- Replace creams and lotions as a general moisturizer for dry skin. Aloe is fast absorbing!
- Prevent pesky pimples and treat acne.
- Soothe Psoriasis.
- Prevent scarring and stretch marks.
- Help rid of Rosacea.
- Shrink warts.
- Reverse signs of aging skin and wrinkles. Cleopatra did!
- Help eliminate Eczema.
- Brighten skin. Aloe can decrease pigmentation and dark spots.
- Make skin new again with an exfoliating, organic sugar scrub by mixing together two tbsp. of Aloe Vera, 2 tbsp. of Organic brown Sugar and 1 tsp. of Organic Lemon juice.
- For rougher patches mix together an organic salt skin scrub using two cups of sea salt, one cup of Aloe Vera, one cup of Organic Coconut oil and two tbsp. of local, Organic honey.
- Speed up hair growth by massaging aloe into the scalp, letting it sit for 30 minutes, and rinsing.
- Reduce hair dandruff by mixing aloe vera juice with coconut milk and wheat germ oil. Massage into scalp and rinse.
- Replace Aloe with conditioner for silkier, smoother hair.
- Remove eye makeup.
- Treat minor vaginal irritations.
- Drink Aloe Vera juice to relieve gastrointestinal disorders like indigestion.
- Sip it to aid in elimination. Many times, it’s recommended for its laxative effects.
- Take a swig to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome including bloating and discomfort.
- Take Aloe orally to relieve heartburn, arthritis and rheumatism pain.
- Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor to alleviate asthma.
- Drink to lower blood sugar levels—especially for diabetics.
- Strengthen gums and promote strong, healthy teeth by taking orally or use toothpaste with aloe vera ingredients.
- Drink to help ease congestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections and prostate problems.
- Take orally to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides for a healthy heart.
- Sip to minimize inflammation and infection of the eye and ear.
- Toast to its general detoxifier and health boosting qualities!