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Aloe Vera and Its Skin Benefits
The Aloe Vera plant is readily available, easy to grow, and easy to use for natural healing and natural skincare.
This tropical African plant has been used in medicine since Greek and Roman times. The juice inside the leaves is colorless, odorless and has a slippery feel.
It is easy to grow in most household gardens but is sensitive to cold and frost so needs to be kept indoors during colder months. You can also keep the leaves, once you have harvested them, for future use.
As the plant has fleshy leaves it is often mistaken for a succulent but is actually a member of the Lily family so needs to be regularly watered (unlike succulents).
It is reasonably common to be allergic. If you have not used it before make sure to do a patch test on the skin of your wrist or inside elbow. If you experience a rash, redness or itching, rinse it off and do not use again.
It is also not to be used during pregnancy.
How to Use
Aloe vera can be simply and easily used to treat a number of problems.
PLEASE NOTE: You should not use Aloe products during pregnancy.
The most basic way you can use it is to break open one of its succulent leaves and allow the fresh juice to ooze out. Often it is quite gel like in its natural form so this makes it easy to handle for use.
It can be applied directly to the skin and makes a wonderful natural moisturizer that won't clog your pores
. It can also be drunk as a tonic - however the juice is rather bitter and goes down easier when mixed with apple juice or water.
You can also buy commercially prepared gels if you do not have access to a plant. As with anything you buy it is important to check the ingredients and that there is at least 20% Aloe included.
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Sunburn - usually sunburn is a first degree burn as it involves only the first and outer layer of the skin. You can apply the juice of the plant directly to the burn to cool, soothe and help with the healing.
Other burns - The gel has been proven to significantly speed up the healing process for burns. From small surface burns to larger and deeper burns it is worth trying it to greatly aid healing. With serious burns that are deeper than the first layer of skin you should consult a medical professional to ensure you get the appropriate treatment and do not suffer a secondary infection.
Cuts and scrapes - minor cuts and scrapes can be treated with fresh gel. Just be sure that the injury is minor; that is, it has stopped bleeding quickly, the cut is not deep or open, and any dirt or debris can be easily cleaned out.
Heartburn - the juice of the Aloe Vera plant is greatly soothing for an irritated esophagus. Drink about 1/2 cup of juice between your 3 main meals each day.
Psoriasis - you can apply the juice/gel to the lesions to help with healing and relieve itching.
Shingles - this is an extremely painful condition that most often affects adults. It is caused by the chicken pox virus and flares up in your nerve cells on the skin surface. Aloe Vera will help soothe the blisters as well as aid the healing of the skin.
Stomach ulcers - Aloe Vera juice taken 3 times a day can help ease the pain of stomach ulcers.
Warts - put the gel on your wart and cover each day.
Stye in your Eye - a little gel can help soothe and heal. As with any eye treatment take great care not to further irritate the eye.
Dry and scaly skin - the juice of the Aloe Vera plant is great for moisturizing skin.
Insect bites, particularly mosquito bites - apply the gel to the bite for relief from itching.
Nappy rash - this wonderful juice can be a great relief for sore red bottoms!
Constipation - Aloe has long been used to help relieve constipation, and has often been included in commercially prepared laxatives. You can try the drinking the juice, or make a tincture using the whole leaves. Remember it is bitter so may be difficult to take but you only need 2-3 teaspoons of the tincture each day.
Eczema - helpful to soothe and heal when applied to eczema on the skin.
Fungal infections such as ringworm and thrush - can be applied directly to the affected area to help combat these common fungal infections.
Stretch marks - great for relief of itching and to aid in the healing of stretch marks.
Sore gums - use the juice as a mouthwash to relieve sore gums.
Rosacea - can help relieve redness and soothe the skin.
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"Can I really eat aloe vera?" and many others.
It also has information about handy herbs and how you can use them.
Aloe Vera Recipes
This is a soothing and cleansing mask treatment for acne on the face and body.
WHAT YOU NEED:
20 ml of Aloe Vera juice - ideally from the plant but you can also buy this (just be sure it is natural not synthetic)
30g of finely ground almonds (almond meal)
20 ml of Olive Oil or another suitable vegetable oil
WHAT TO DO:
Mix the ingredients together. Use more or less of each ingredient to get your paste to the right consistency.
Apply gently as a mask.
Leave on for 10 minutes, then wash off with cool water.
ALOE SUNBURN TREATMENT
Try this cooling, soothing blend for your sunburn relief.
WHAT YOU NEED:
100 ml of Aloe Vera juice - ideally from the plant but you can also buy this (just be sure it is natural not synthetic)
100 ml of cucumber juice - make this by pureeing the flesh of a cucumber (peeled & seeds removed) in a blender
WHAT TO DO:
Mix the two ingredients together well.
Apply to the sunburned area. You don't need to rub it in, just apply to the surface of the skin to cool and relieve.
You can leave this on or you can wash it off with warm water after about ten minutes.
WHAT SHOULD I BUY
The most natural juice you are going to get is from a plant in your own garden.
But if this is not available then you can purchase good quality aloe vera juice that is just as beneficial.
Here is a natural product that contains 97% aloe juice.
It is well-priced and readily available.
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