Aloe Vera: 10 Ways to Use it at Home
Aloe vera is no one-hit-wonder. Even if you’re not a fan of herbal therapy, you likely have a nodding acquaintance with aloe. Let’s look at 10 ways to use it at home.
For burns, including sunburn, slice an aloe vera leaf lengthwise, apply gel to the affected area 3-4 times daily. Did you know that as aloe dries, it forms a natural bandage?
#2. Beautiful Skin
Cleopatra rubbed gel from an aloe plant into her skin to make it glow. Aloe vera is now a revered ingredient in shampoos and skin-care products. However, if you want beautiful skin, why not take a ‘leaf’ from Cleopatra’s beauty book? Choose the real deal rather than commercial preparations containing additives and preservatives.
Bad breath is embarrassing. It’s simple to make an effective mouthwash at home. In a lidded bottle, combine:
- 2 tsp aloe gel
- 1.3 oz water
- 12 drops essential lemon oil
Shake well, swish and spit.
Rich in vitamin C, aloe vera helps control plaque and soothe swollen gums.
#4. Hand Sanitizer
Clean hands help avoid maladies, such as colds and flu. Hand sanitizers are useful when water is unavailable. Yet, commercial sanitizers can dry out your skin. You can concoct your own hand sanitizer:
- 3 tbsp aloe vera gel
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 1 tsp vitamin E oil
Mix well and put into small squirt bottles to carry in purse or backpack.
#5. Gum Disease
Gum surgery is mighty unpleasant. Diligence and aloe vera helps avoid it. Its antibacterial action fights against harmful bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Swish aloe juice in your mouth for about 45 seconds, then swallow.
#6. Anti-Aging Benefits
Ongoing studies show components in aloe delays skin-aging, fades wrinkles and ramps-up the body’s production of collagen (protein that replaces dead skin cells).
#7. Healthy Hair
What can prevent hair loss and encourage its growth? Aloe vera can! Apply gel from this succulent herb to your hair and scalp, rinse and watch it grow.
Aloe vera is a cooling herb that impedes dry scalp, which causes dandruff. Its anti-fungal properties can eliminate dandruff as well as episodic recurrences.
Here is a treatment you can use at home:
- 2 tsp aloe gel
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tsp Greek yogurt (plain)
Stir ingredients to paste-like texture. Massage into hair. Leave in about an hour. Rinse with warm water.
When used topically, aloe is the best alternative for fast and effective healing of cuts, lacerations, etc. It draws blood to the wound site, which encourages natural healing.
Ingredients in aloe that foster wound healing include: vitamin E, zinc and amino acids.
#10. Healthier Immune System
A compromised immune system leads to dis-ease. Polysaccharides in aloe vera nourishes and supports your immune system.
Its A, C and E vitamins stave off inflammation and fight free radicals. Vitamin A aids in maintaining healthy skin. Vitamin C reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Vitamin E delays aging of the cells.