Healing Benefits of Aloe Vera
An aloe vera plant should be placed in every kitchen in the world. Not only is it one of the best cosmetic ingredients, it is the best first-aid kit for all kinds of kitchen and other burns. It is attractive and easy to grow, too. It is from the lily plant family like many important herbs, including garlic, onions, leeks, and tulips. Small enough to grow in a pot indoors, in places like Hawaii aloe vera plants grow as large as shrubs.
Aloe is valuable in almost all skin care products—shampoos and conditioners, toners, astringents, skin stimulators—because of its reputation as a biogenic stimulator which activates and enlivens the cells in the skin, tightens tissue, and restores tone. It is perfect for moisturizers if it is used in conjunction with an emollient, oil, or vegetable glycerin. Used by itself, it is a wonderful cleanser. It is also an asset in mists and sprays, but it is especially wonderful for skin that is in dire need of soothing from burns, including sunburns, as well as insect bites.
Varied uses of Aloe Vera
In Mexico the women used to wet their hair at night with the juice directly from the aloe vera plant, allow it to dry, and the next morning rinse with water to make their hair rich and manageable.
Applying fresh aloe vera juice on scars daily for very long periods of time is said to diminish them. Try a mixture of aloe vera juice, vitamin E, and Madonna lily for six months. I have personally used aloe vera gel nightly for long periods of time to dry blemishes. I cleanse my face, apply a wonderful lavender and sage toner, let it dry completely, and then apply the gel directly from the plant or from a very high quality, organically grown product.
Many people have found that applying fresh aloe juice three times daily has reduced brown skin spots, also known as “age spots.” For double effectiveness, try a half-and-half mixture with fresh lemon juice.
How good a deodorant is aloe vera? Native American hunters used the aloe vera juice to prevent animals from picking up their scent by rubbing aloe vera all over their bodies.
Many people say they are allergic to aloe vera. I always suggest that they try it directly from the plant before they assume it is the aloe plant they are allergic to. I think many times it is other less-than-desirable ingredients, usually preservatives, in the products that cause allergic reactions.
Here are Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care we use aloe vera in our Balancing Oil Free Skin Conditioning Serum, which helps condition and firm skin while it heals and moisturizes.