I’ve had an Aloe Vera planted in my garden for years. It started out like a small, cute plant (a gift from my neighbor) and now it’s so big that I started to wonder if it was time to chop it off. My mother yelled at me and said: “Did I chop you off when you started growing?”. Her logic was flawless and very convincing, so I decided to keep it. (Plus, I knew I wouldn’t hear the end of it, so…)
Since it was going to be taking up so much space, I decided to learn what else I could do with it besides hating it. I was surprised, and I think you might be, too. So here’ s a list of the things you can do with this awesome plant we call Aloe Vera.
Aloe vera is very well known for its many skin benefits, and with good reason. It is an oil-free moisturizer that can regulate oil secretion and contains enzymes, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E, and minerals such as zinc, calcium, chromium, selenium, iron, magnesium and copper, among others.
- Moisturizer -- Aloe Vera has a substance called Lignin. Lignin has the great ability to penetrate the skin. So unlike those greasy moisturizers that stay on the top of your skin and end up on your pillow, Aloe Vera penetrates deep inside your skin, providing it with essential amino acids, vitamins and whole array of nutritious stuff.
- Another great characteristic of Aloe Vera is that it contains polysaccharides, which attract moisture and seal it in, making your skin look youthful and glowing.
- Bactericide -- Aloe Vera has antibiotic, anti fungal and antiseptic properties. Moreover, aloe Vera speeds up the healing process, which is why aloe Vera is perfect for treating wounds. Just follow these simple steps.
- Can reduce internal as well as external inflammation.
- Provides oxygen to the blood and energy to the cells.
- Can cure many digestive problems, such as reflux, constipation and irritable colon.
- Improves blood flow, which is of utmost importance for preventing and decreasing cardiovascular diseases and strokes.
- Can control blood pressure and cholesterol.
Using Aloe Vera on Skin
Because of its vast amount of amino acids, vitamins and polysaccharides, aloe vera’s gel can do a heck of a job of nourishing your skin. Take a look at these simple recipes that will have your skin thanking you in no time.
Adding more things
Lemon juice by itself, when combined with aloe vera, can work wonders. However, honey and turmeric are also great for your skin, so if you feel like getting fancy, add those two things as well.
Aloe vera may be one of the most popular ways to treat acne, and with good reason. Besides being and excellent moisturizer, aloe vera also has a hormone called gibberellin, which can kill acne causing bacteria and stimulate the growth of new skin cells.
Try this simple acne mask:
2 aloe vera leaves
How to make it:
- Extract the gel from the leaves and blend it to a pulp in a blender.
- Add all other ingredients and blend again.
- Keep in refrigerator.
This mask should be applied at night and left overnight. Wash your face the next morning with warm water.
Repeat every other day. Keep in mind that some skins can be sensitive to lemon juice, so adjust accordingly. You can either add less lemon juice to your mask or apply the mask less often.
Simpler option: Simply apply the pulp directly to your face (no lemon juice) and leave it on overnight.
For those dreaded crow’s feet, you can simply apply the pulp to the eye area. Nothing fancy. Just apply the pulp over night and you’re done.
Lignin, a substance found in aloe vera, has the ability to penetrate deep in your skin, which allows all this awesome nutrition to reach even the deepest layers of your skin, unlike many creams sold today. Wrinkles hate that. This usually means their death.
Aloe vera also stimulates and increases collagen and elastin production, which are essential for keeping your skin looking young and healthy.
Aloe Vera and Cucumber Mask
100 g of aloe vera pulp
100 g of cucumber
- Blend both ingredients together.
- Add water little by little until a paste is formed.
- Leave overnight and wash the next morning with plenty of warm water.
Aloe Vera, Oil and Honey Mask
1 leaf of aloe vera
2 tbs. of honey
1 tbs. of olive oil
- Remove the pulp from the leaf and place in a glass container.
- Add honey and olive oil.
- Blend until pasty.
- Place paste in freezer for 15 minutes.
- Massage onto face.
- Leave on for 25 minutes.
- Rinse with plenty of water.
Word of Caution
Whisky should never be used on the skin in its neat or pure form. It should always be diluted with something else, even if it's just water. Also, not a lot of whisky is necessary ever for you face or skin, so keep it to a minimum.
Aloe Vera and Whisky Mask
What? Whisky? What cha talking about, Willis?
Yes, turns out whisky is not only helpful when trying to forget a lost love, it is also great for your skin. It can tighten the skin, reduce wrinkles and give your skin a beautiful glow.
Here's what you'll need:
Pulp from one leaf of aloe Vera
2 tbs of olive oil
1 tsp of whisky
2 tbs of honey
1/4 cup of water
- Place all ingredients in a glass container and mix them together.
- Add 1/4 cup of water and clay.
- Mix again until all ingredients are fully mixed.
- Apply mask to face and leave it on for 25-30 minutes.
- Remove with plenty of water.
As we've seen, aloe vera helps your skin to regenerate and alleviate the affected part, which is why it is perfect for sun burns or any other kind of burn.
The easiest way to use aloe vera for burns is to apply the pulp directly to the burn. It will provide a refreshing feeling while healing your skin.
Ice cubes are so versatile!
These little ice cubes are wonderful, especially when applied to burns of any kind.
They can also be applied to face to tighten pores and moisturize skin and they
work wonders for the itchiness associated with Athlete's foot and, when used regularly, it can cure the fungus.
Pretty much, you can use them any time you need a quick and refreshing fix of aloe.
Aloe Ice Cubes
Another great and refreshing way to use aloe Vera for burns is applying iced aloe Vera.
Here's what you'll need:
Aloe Vera pulp
- The first step will be to create aloe vera liquid that you can place in the ice tray.
- Extract the pulp from the aloe Vera leaf and blend it to a thin gel
- Add water as desired.
- Place the aloe Vera liquid in ice tray.
- Place ice tray in the freezer.
Believe me, after a harsh sun burn, or any other burn, these little cubes of aloe will feel like a bit of heaven.
Don't you just hate it when your foot itches and itches and you want to rub it against the stubble of the first man you see?
No? Ahem, yeah, me neither.
But, if for some reason, you know someone with athlete's foot, you can just tell them to rub aloe Vera pulp on their foot, or even better, rub an aloe Vera ice cube. This will get rid of their desire to scratch against the first stubble you see.
Cut a bit of pulp, tie around the affected nail with a bandage and leave it on overnight.
Continue with this treatment until the fungus disappears. You should start seeing results within a month.
Uses for Hair
With its many minerals and vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, aloe vera can work wonders on your hair. It can reduce dandruff and sebum, promote hair growth and nourish your hair, penetrating where not even the most expensive treatments can go.
Follow these amazing recipes and masks to strengthen your hair with this awesome plant.
These are some the great things that aloe vera can do for your tortured stomach --
- Reduces inflammation due to gastritis or duodenitis.
- Regenerates gastric mucosa (The layer of the stomach which contains the glands and the gastric pits.)
- Stimulates digestion.
- Boosts liver and gallbladder functions.
- Helps your body absorb nutrients
- Decreases heartburn.
- Improves symptoms caused by hemorrhoids.
- Purifies your blood.
- Stimulates pancreatic cells.
- Helps to produce insulin.
- Prevents liver diseases.
- Eliminates free radicals.
- Helps your body restore healthy pH stomach levels.
- Reduces irritable colon and Crohn's disease symptoms.
- Prevents the development of stomach cancer.
How to Use Aloe Vera for Digestive Health
If internal benefits is what we're looking for, then aloe vera should be ingested, and juice is our best choice. Check out these recipes.
Simply cut a 2-inch portion of pulp from the leaf, rinse under the faucet to remove any left over aloin from the rind and eat away.
This may cause diarrhea in some people, so to err on the side of caution, try a little bit of pulp and gradually increase the amount (no more than 2 inches).
Do not eat the rind.
Aloe Vera and Lemon Juice
1 aloe vera leaf
1 tbs white vinegar
1 cup of water
Juice of 1 lemon
- Extract the pulp from the leaf.
- Blend the pulp and the lemon juice in a blender.
- Add water and vinegar.
- Blend again.
- Drink up!
It is recommended to drink a cup of this juice a day.
Aloe Vera and Honey Juice
Honey is a great antiseptic,and if you mix it with aloe, well, you might just have a cure-all remedy. Okay, I may be exaggerating, but it's really good.
200 grams of liquid honey
1 aloe Vera leaf
50 ml of vodka
- Extract aloe pulp.
- Blend pulp with honey until completely mixed.
- Add vodka.
Take 3 tsps of this mixture a day -- in the morning on an empty stomach, before lunch and before dinner.
Do this for 10 days, and then rest for 10 days.
Warning: This contains alcohol, so you will not be consuming this as juice. Only take 3 tsps spread throughout the day.
Aloe Vera for Diabetes
One of the best benefits of aloe is its ability to regulate sugar levels.
Aloe vera contains glucomannan, which is a water-soluble fiber that absorbs water, increases bulk, helps to reduce appetite and produces feelings of satiety. Glucomannan also promotes the gradual absorption of carbohydrates, which is the reason why it helps to regulate sugar levels.
If used for treating diabetes, basic is always better, so take 2 tbps. of basic aloe vera juice per day to control sugar levels.
In only two months of treatment, aloe can reduce sugar levels by 50%.
Frequent use of aloe Vera also stimulates insulin production, which can be helpful for patients with diabetes type 2.
Basic Aloe Vera Juice
In all truth, aloe vera by itself is wonderful. Of course, you can always add other natural ingredients to make it even better, but this basic recipe should be enough to reap all the benefits of this fabulous plant.
1 aloe vera leaf
- Remove the pulp from the leaf
- Rinse the pulp under running water
- Blend the pulp in a blender
- Add water as desired if consistency is too thick.
Important: You should prepare the juice as soon as you remove the pulp from the leaf. Don't remove the pulp unless you're ready to turn it into juice. Otherwise, the pulp could lose some of its properties.
- Pregnant or lactating women should not consume aloe vera since it could cause uterine contractions or even cause an abortion or a premature birth.
- In some cases, aloe Vera can cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea due to its laxative effect.
- High doses of aloe Vera have been related to kidney failure.
- People who are allergic to garlic, onions or tulips are more likely to be allergic to aloe vera.
- Topic use of aloe can cause irritation, burning or itchiness. Always test a small skin area before using.
- Aloin, or aloe's sap, is a powerful laxative and it is better not to consume it. For this reason, always rinse the pulp to get rid of any left over aloin.
- Diabetics should be cautious when consuming aloe, since it can diminish glucose levels.
Aloe vera is a great gift of nature and it's super easy to grow. Go on, give it a try. I'm sure you won't regret it. Happy living!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 30, 2020:
Silver, this is very useful to me. I am starting the action. The stomach as the gate way to most of the internal organs need the care of this herb. Thanks for a well wshtten article.
Erin Day from Washington, UT on May 13, 2020:
I love aloe vera as a moisturizer but didn't know it could be used for all this! Good info
Lisa Bean from Virginia on March 18, 2019:
You've got a lot of great suggestions here! I have several aloe plants in our home and use them for a handful of the things you mentioned above!
John Brotherton from United Kingdom on August 20, 2017:
All these years I have been drinking my whiskey, when I should have been slapping on with my evening routine! I have an aloe vera plant in our apartment, it is only small but it is enough to yield the gel for soothing sun burn, and any other ailments it may be required for.
However I think after reading your recipe a good o'l pamper night and a face mask might be in order!
Kalyan Banerjee from Durgapur on November 08, 2016:
very detail info. nice.
Vinnie Jones on July 07, 2016: