My friends used to laugh at me when we went on day trips! They knew I would have at least one travel sized bottle of Aloe Vera in my bag. I literally carry it everywhere!! They soon stopped laughing when my magic see-through cream stopped their kid crying after they fell and cut themselves and when I gave one of them a bottle to take home to apply to their burnt shoulders after spending too long in the sun! Now all my friends carry aloe vera with them!
Why is Aloe Vera so amazing?
The leaves of the aloe vera plant contain a huge variety of different nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fibre that make it so versatile and beneficial to human health. These include:
- Vitamins A, B, C, D and E
- Vitamin B12 (aloe vera is one of only a few plants to contain this nutrient)
Aloe vera is native to a very dry and intensively hot climate. Its clever leaves have the ability to store huge amounts of water to prevent the plant from drying out. When you snap a leaf in half you will see a gel contained within the leaves, this gel is often used in pharmaceutical products designed to help either hydrate or moisturise your skin.
Personally, I only use 100% pure aloe vera gel, with nothing added to it, such as alcohol, fragrances, and coloring.
However, I know some people like different products for different uses and there are so many products with aloe vera added to them; because of all its amazing benefits! So I have provided some recommendations.
My 5 most common uses of Aloe Vera gel
I use aloe vera literally every day. I apply it to my face and body straight after my shower in the mornings. I also always take it in my hand luggage when travelling.
By using an aloe vera-based gel or cream, you may be able to ensure that your skin remains hydrated and clean at all times, especially in delicate or vulnerable areas, such as around the face and eyes.
Aloe vera has anti-microbial properties which help heal blemishes and scars and is a rich natural source of vitamin C, which can help with the production of collagen, an important protein that can be found in the skin and other connective tissues. Collagen helps to ensure that skin cells remain supple, firm and strong.
I have seen so many posts on social media during the Covide Crisis of people asking for hand cream recommendations due to dry hands from washing or hand sanatising too much. I of course always recommend aloe vera! For the same reasons as above, aloe vera keeps your hands hydrated and clean . Aloe Vera also contains high levels of polysaccharides, which boost your immune system.
Kids cuts and wounds
I always carry a bottle of aloe vera in my travel first aid kit. My girls are very adventurous, we live near a rocky beach so they are always climbing and exploring and they are always trying out new tricks on their bikes or scooters so it is inevitable they are going to fall and hurt themselves now and then. They know I always have aloe vera with me and even ask for it now when they have cut themselves!
The soothing and anti-microbial properties help to clean and disinfect wounds, which helps to quicken the overall healing process.
I am a strong believer in bodily autonomy and I do not force my girls to get their hair done. My girls are of mixed heritage and have curly hair that gets very dry when not treated. When they allow me to do their hair I use Aloe Vera.
The plant contains proteolytic enzymes which actively work to promote hair growth plus it’s antibacterial and moisturising elements will give it a good nourish and cleanse. It is also a really good detangler as it softens the hair which makes the task of combing out their hair less painful (for both them and me!)
I also treat myself to a weekly aloe vera hair mask to keep my hair hydrated and healthy.
In the summer months I will swap my skincare routine by applying my homemade sunscreen to my face and body after my morning shower and 100% pure aloe vera gel in the evening. My sunscreen stops me from burning and the aloe vera leaves my skin hydrated, smooth and soft. I also do the same with the girls and our skin is always glowing in the summer months or when on holiday.
If you do burn from the sun, the healing properties of aloe vera can be used to help reduce immediate pain or discomfort, as well as to promote and possibly quicken the overall healing process. I strongly recommend you use sunscreen and keep out of the sun during peak times.
Some other ways Aloe Vera Can be used
As a super food
Lots of people drink aloe vera juice or put into smoothies. Aloe vera’s high concentration of amino acids, vitamins and minerals work to hydrate, detoxify and lower cholesterol. It’s high levels of polysaccharides boost the immune system, and its host of antioxidant compounds makes it not only a super product, but a superfood too!
To clear Acne
Acne is a skin disease that is caused when pores on your body become clogged with dead cells, toxins and/or bacteria. These areas can begin to exhibit symptoms like blackheads, whiteheads, spots and even oily skin. Aloe vera unblocks pores, helps to remove impurities from the skin’s surface so can be used as an acne treatment.
To heal gums
Dentists say that the rich blend of bioactive organic properties contained in aloe vera can help heal gums that are wearing away and even whiten your smile.
Do you use Aloe Vera? What ways do you use it? Let me know in the comments
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