December 30, 2016

Uses for Aloe Vera

These are not proven but are worth a try as they are not damaging at all.  We don’t make medical claims and prescription drugs should still be taken. These are anecdotal and personally observed.  But I do know that the sticky/drying like a film quality is a great ‘cheat’ as a quickie face lift!!  Tightens up the saggy bits fast!

  1. Break a small interior leaf.  Rub aloe vera juice directly onto sunburned skin. Aloe vera has anesthetic and anti-bacterial properties, which soothes the skin and helps it heal sooner. It also has tissue restoration properties to help skin heal without scarring.
  2. Apply aloe vera with a poultice to more severe burns and skin ailments. Cut a whole small interior leaf down the middle and place a strip of leaf directly on the ailing skin tying it on loosely with gauze bandaging.
  3. Use aloe vera to treat acne, eczema, arthritis, any rashes and even oily skin. Squeeze the juice from interior leaves onto the troubled skin and do not rub, just let it air dry.  If you have the tendency to blackheads, use it as it stops the oil from oxidizing and turning black.  Apply and let it air dry and this makes a sterile ‘skin’ over your pores.
  4. For cystic acne, use several times a day as a poultice as suggested above.
  5. Use as a shower or bath body rub. Slice small interior aloe leaves lengthwise and use the inner sides instead of a facewasher or loofah and scrub your body and even your face.    Rinse as usual.
  6. For severe burns and scalds equal quantities of aloe vera and vitamin e oil or wheat germ oil are great to apply after you have  cooled the skin down with lots of very cold water (not ice which may also burn).   Keep this on hand in the kitchen or near the BBQ.  Put this on blisters as well.
  7. Apply to insect bites to reduce the itching.
  8. Douse your bruises with pure aloe juice and it will reduce the time of the bruise.  It stimulates blood flow and will even out red patches in the skin.
  9. Put onto frost bitten skin to halt and reduce tissue damage.
  10. Mixed with calendula and vitamin e oil, apply to scars to reduce them.
  11. Try this for a month to prepare feet for summer or to cure ‘summer feet’ and rough heels:   mix  a half cup of oatmeal, a half cup of polenta, four tbsp. of aloe vera gel and a half cup of sorbilene.  Keep in the fridge.  Do this once a day at night and if severely cracked (heels) slather it on and wear socks to bed.  Good for athlete’s foot and blisters from walking.
  12. Mix with a couple of drops of ti-tree oil and use on herpes blisters if you have missed the window of opportunity to stop them in their tracks with Zovirax.
  13. Use as an antidote to allergic skin reactions for instant relief.
  14. A good hand lotion to have by the sink as it is not perfumey and is quickly absorbed into skin.
  15. My great-grandmother used it on warts and somehow they did disappear.
  16. Good on psoriasis – rub gently on lesions daily.
  17. Apply to spider veins.  Eventually these will fade.
  18. It is, when applied and allowed to air dry, like a quick temporary facelift evening out wrinkles.  You just have to do it every day.  Not on eyes though you can do it on crows’ feet.
  19. Covers up Eczema and eventually the skin will be cured.
  20. Aloe can decrease pigmentation, age spots and dark spots.
  21. Facepack/scrub: Make a sugar scrub by mixing together two tbsp. of aloe vera, 2 tbsp. of organic large grained brown sugar, 1 tsp. of olive oil and 1 tsp. of organic lemon juice.
  22. Can’t say that it cures baldness but it feels as though it does the hair follicles some good when used as a massage in pure form.  Leave on for an hour if you can and then rinse off.
  23. Make an organic salt skin scrub using two cups of sea salt, one cup of aloe vera, one cup of organic coconut oil or almond oil and two tbsp. of  honey which has a healing, sterilizing quality.
  24. Make a deodorant from equal parts of coconut oil, aloe vera juice and rub into armpits.
  25. Reduce dandruff by mixing aloe vera juice with coconut milk and wheat germ oil. Massage into scalp and rinse.  You can add ti-tree for a dog wash. Treat your hair with aloe before dyeing it to protect ends from frying.
  26. Pure aloe is a good hair conditioner or you can add a tspn almond oil to ½ cup aloe..
  27. While it is safe to use as a remover for eye makeup, don’t get it in your eyes.
  28. Treat minor vaginal irritations applying it direct (juice of small leaves only).

You can buy aloe from the health food store for the following uses:

  1. Drink aloe vera juice to relieve gastrointestinal disorders like indigestion.
  2. Sip it as a laxative.  One medicine glass full per day.  I would not do this as a constant habit.  Just use in severe cases and allow your body to build its own systems.
  3. One medicine glass a day can reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome including bloating and discomfort as well as Crohn’s disease.
  4. One medicine glass a day can reduce heartburn, arthritis and rheumatism pain.
  5. Boil leaves (inner leaves)  in a pan of water and breathe in the vapour to alleviate asthma and bronchitis.  Keep taking prescribed medication though.
  6. Replace your swig of soft drink, tea or coffee with a glass of aloe vera and you will notice your blood sugar level will improve.
  7. Strengthen gums and promote strong, healthy teeth by taking orally or use toothpaste with aloe vera ingredients.
  8. Drink to help ease congestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections and prostate problems.
  9. Take orally to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides for a healthy heart.
  10. Sip to minimize inflammation and infections of the eye and ear.

Just remember that it can give you the runs if you drink too much so stick to the recommended doses on the bottle.

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Comments

  1. Some great ideas – no wonder so many companies use aloe in their products. After using some of these products for a while I wondered ‘why not just use the actual plant itself!’ Simple, chemical-free, soothing and from Mother Nature

  2. makeup remover says:

    My son used Aloe Vera to heal his stomach when he had been to doctors and tried everything else, he was told to just cut off a stem everyday and keep it in a glass of water, refilling throughout the day, but it does make more sense and less waste to blend a smaller amount, but for someone lazy I guess his way would beat not trying it. Good hub. You write about some interesting things. Im sure I will want to check them all out.

    • That sounds like it was a good option for your son! I have never used Aloe in that way, but only to soothe sun burn!

  3. Thank you for the long yet simplified, useful list. I like the balanced approach on using aloe as a laxative. It is good that you mentioned that aloe is good for teeth and gums which is a tip that I found out only recently and is pleasantly surprised by the results.

    • Thankyou for your comment and keep reading. We hope to add more ‘lists’ of pointers to save you wading through miles of links to find quick references and are researching a few of these at the moment!

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