Aloe Vera - Uses and Benefits

October 23, 2013

Hi all,

I wanted to share some info and ideas with you, all about Aloe Vera.

It is a great idea to have one of these magic plants in your kitchen or bathroom. I keep mine on my kitchen window sill so that it is handy for immediate use if I burn myself when cooking... which is more often than I care to admit. Hash tag accident prone!




I am also a serial plant killer, I some how manage to keep myself and my daughter alive but sustaining a plant seems beyond me! But even under my murderous reign of terror watchful eye the aloe vera plant flourishes. If I can do it, anyone can.

Aloe Vera is amazing because:

  • It has been used for thousands of years across many different cultures, dubbed the 'plant of immortality' by the Ancient Egyptians some 6,000 years ago.
  • It produces at least six natural antiseptics which kill mould, bacteria, fungus, and viruses.
  • It contains many vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6. Aloe Vera is also one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12.
  • Some of the 20 minerals found in Aloe Vera include: calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese.
  • Of it's humectant properties
  • It is high in amino acids and fatty acids
How to use it:

(topically)

  • Treat minor burns
  • Soothe sun burn
  • Take the sting or itch out of insect bites
  • Mix with (certain) essential oils to make a natural insect repellent
  • As a fast absorbing moisturiser (it is a humectant so it will help 'lock in' moisture)
  • Massage into scalp to encourage hair growth (wash off after 30 mins)
  • Apply a small amount to your hair while wet to help seal your cuticles and therefore reduce frizz
  • Shaving gel - Aloe is an anti inflammatory so it will soothe your skin as you shave
  • Natural eyebrow gel (you can tint it with mineral pigment or eye shadow)
(internally)
  • To soothe and cleanse the digestive tract, aid digestion
  • Relieve indigestion, heartburn etc. (please research this in further detail as I am not in a position to give out specific dietary advice and you can have ill effects from too much/incorrect intake of aloe vera)
So we've now learnt that the aloe vera plant is hardy and easy to grow, it has amazing health properties and can be used many different ways for lots of excellent benefits to our bodies; inside and out... What are you waiting for?? Get yourself an Aloe plant and start enjoying some of the magical properties of the Amazing Aloe and its gel.

Rach xx

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