Benefits of Aloe Vera
The gel of the aloe vera plant is found when you snap a leaf open and the jelly like substance inside is revealed.
Aloe Vera gel can soothe and help repair skin that has been damaged, as anyone who has used it for kitchen burns already knows. It can also soothe and moisturize skin conditions such as eczema.
Naturally occurring anti-inflammatory and healing qualities make it a good choice for rashes, insect bits, acne, sunburns and mild kitchen burns. The benefits of this soothing plant make it one of the most popular natural skin care ingredients.
Why it's good:
The aloe vera plant contains over 75 nutrients, whose synergistic effects work as:
1) Anti-inflammatory agents
2) Scar inhibitors
3) Pain inhibitors
4) itch inhibitors
6) Cell growth stimulators repair skin
7) Soothing properties
8) Moisturizing properties
For your skin:
Gel from the leaf can be applied directly to the skin, but you can make your own enhanced aloe vera gel by slicing open the leaf and scooping out enough of the inside to make a cup full, put it in a blender with a crushed vitamin D tablet and blend thoroughly. Store your gel in the refrigerator.
Aloe vera contains all of the daily vitamins we need, except vitamin D, so adding D will make it a complete vitamin package for the skin! You can also add a crushed vitamin C tablet and/or the oil from a vitamin E capsule.
1) Soothes burns. Keep an aloe vera plant in or near the kitchen for quick relief from kitchen burns. The gel is great for sunburn relief, and convenient!
2) Moisturizes skin. A skin "cream" made of aloe vera and olive oil and applied nightly will enhance the benefits of the olive oil and help repair skin. For a soothing facial, apply the gel to your face and let set for 15 minutes. Wash off with a cool washcloth, and enjoy the benefits!
3) Psoriasis sufferers know that aloe vera has been shown in studies to be a very effective treatment for the redness and itchiness associated with psoriasis. It will help heal the lesions when applied 2-3 times per day.
4) The itching and cracking of Eczema can be relieved with the use of aloe vera gel. Because it is anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and an itch inhibitor, it can give you some relief as well as a healing boost. Apply 2-3 times per day, and also keep skin moist by using a good natural moisturizer like olive oil.
Sometimes eczema on the hands is really contact dermatitis, caused by sensitivity to chemicals that you've come in contact with in the form of cleansers, shampoos, or being in a situation or profession where your hands are wet or damp for periods of time. Try to avoid keeping your hands in water or using what is causing you to break out, and moisturize continually to keep up that protective barrier.
Make your own Aloe Vera Juice
If you find aloe vera gel to be too thick and viscous when adding to a recipe, make your own juice by adding 1 T purified water to 1/4 C aloe vera gel and pulsing it in the blender. This will thin the gel enough to use in lotion and facial mist recipes.
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