Let’s face it, store-bought organic lotion’s are full of so many additives and chemicals that aren’t good for us! What’s more, anything that even remotely claims to be “organic” or free of chemical-x,y,z are through-the-roof-expensive. It’s just plain ridiculous.
As a food scientist, I came up with my own homemade baby lotion (it’s also amazing on adult skin) that is affordable, simple and lasts up to two week (if you store in the fridge). You’re baby will be glowing and if you choose to use this aloe vera based baby lotion on your own skin, you will have the softest skin EVER!
- 1/4 Cup Aloe Vera Gel (I use aloe from my own succulents, you can use bottled, but it will not be as fresh)
- 1 Teaspoon, or 6 capsules, of Vitamin E Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Jojoba oil
- 3 Drops Lavender Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1) Stir the Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba Oil, and Coconut Oil together, gently.
2) Add the essential oils, one at a time.
3) Let the cream rest for 10 minutes
4) Put the cream into a baby food jar, or other small container.
5) Refrigerate the mixture.
6) The mixture will last six months in the refrigerator.
There are so many uses for aloe vera, that I truly would be at a loss without it by my side. Here are 10 of the top uses for all of the aloe vera plant that will take over your pots in the backyard:
Aloe Vera Use 1: Wash & Condition Your Hair:
With a pH that closely matches that of our scalp, aloe vera is a perfect match in most hair care products because it not only effectively cleanses the scalp without stripping it of its precious oils, but it also conditions your hair while sealing in the cuticles. Used as an alternative to the baking soda method, aloe vera makes the perfect pH-balanced option when you are “no-pooing.” Aloe vera is also great for relieving problems with dandruff and other scalp related issues. You can either combine equal parts of the aloe with coconut milk, raw apple cider vinegar, hydrosol, or water and then wash as you do with your other no-‘poo options.
Aloe Vera Use 2: Hair Gel – Curls and Softness
Use aloe vera as a curl defining and softening hair gel
I have wavy/curly hair, and it is really hard to find a great natural curl defining gel that also keeps your hair super soft rather than crunchy. When I first learned that I could use aloe vera as a curl defining hair gel, I was actually a bit skeptical, but after trying it out, I haven’t used anything else since. All you need to do is use a small dime-sized amount for medium hair and quarter sized amount for longer hair. Scrunch into your curls and either allow to air dry or blow dry with a diffuser.
Aloe Vera Use 3: Cleanse, Tone, & Moisturize Skin
Just like your scalp, your face has a sensitive oil layer that can easily be disrupted when cleansing, because of pH variances. Unlike castile soap, which has a high pH of 9.5, aloe vera has a pH that closely matches our skin’s sebum and acid mantle, allowing you to effectively cleanse your face without disrupting the natural oil cycle. Those with acne/oily skin types will find relief using aloe vera because not only does it tone the skin and close the pores while moisturizing, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that helps to reduce acne breakouts as well.
Aloe Vera Use 4: Strengthen Teeth & Gums
Aloe vera’s natural antibacterial and antiseptics properties make it a great non-toxic choice for brushing your teeth. Not only does its anti-inflammatory properties aid in helping soothe inflamed gums, but studies have shown that aloe vera gel is just as effective at fighting cavities as your commercial toothpastes. Mix in a drop or two or peppermint essential oil for a minty fresh mouth!
Aloe Vera Use 5: Soothe & Heal Sunburns & Burns
Aloe vera is one of the most widely used remedies for burns of all kinds. Not only does it soothe and cool the skin, but it helps to speed up healing while even reversing blisters before they develop. If kept in the fridge, aloe feels amazing on a fresh sunburnHelps relieve itching from bug bites
Apply a dab of aloe to your bug bites to relieve itching and burning. Its antibacterial properties will help clean the wound while its anti-inflammatory properties will help to reduce swelling and redness.
Aloe Vera Use 6: Reduce Signs of Aging, Wrinkles, Stretch Marks
Rich in anthraquinones as well as vitamins A, C, and E, aloe vera helps promote rapid healing and tissue repair in the skin. Once called “the plant of immortality” by the Ancient Egyptians, it was said to be Cleopatra’s secret ingredient to her age-defying face cream. Use a small amount as a light daily moisturizer for your face and hands. Those same antioxidants that help reduce signs of aging and wrinkles, also help to reduce scarring and prevent stretch marks. Apply twice daily throughout your pregnancy, to prevent stretch marks and scars.
Aloe Vera Use 7: Relieve Symptoms of Rosacea and Psoriasis:
Both of these skin conditions do not thrive when using soap or other pH changing products. Cleansing with aloe instead, can help relieve rosacea and psoriasis symptoms and even help prevent them from returning, for some.
Aloe Vera Use 8: Cleanses & Heals Cuts & Wounds
Aloe vera not only is antibacterial, but also contains several antiseptics that all help to kill bacteria and fungi. Apply to cuts and wounds before bandaging, to help cleanse the wound as well as to help promote rapid healing.
Aloe Vera Use 9: Soothes Stomach Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The clear aloe vera gel is not just great externally for skin, but its ability to heal and protect also works internally as well. You can just eat the gel itself for this purpose, but be sure to avoid the skin and the aloin resin so that you don’t experience the laxative properties.
Aloe Vera Juice is DELICIOUS! WHY NOT TRY MAKING YOUR OWN AT HOME?! IT’S VERY SIMPLE
Aloe Vera Juice Recipe 1
Virgin Aloe Drink
The most effective way to get the medical benefits is to drink the pure juice, so if you are game, this is the recipe for you:
1. You take a few leaves of aloe vera and cut them into pieces of a few centimetres long and put this in a pot to boil.
2. Let it boil for a few minutes, but make sure it doesn’t boil over.
3. Take it off the flame and let it cool for about an hour, sitting in the water.
4. Then take out the plant pieces and drink only the liquid.
If you are looking for something a little tastier, we have some other options:
Aloe Vera Juice Recipe 2
Light and Lemony Aloe Drink
2 tbsp Aloe vera pulp
1. Blend the apple and the cucumber
2. Add the lemon juice
3. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and scoop out 2 tbsp of the pulp and add it to the mixture
Aloe Vera Juice Recipe 3
Health Aloe Drink
2 Green apples
1 Orange, peeled
1 tbsp of aloe vera pulp
1. Cut the apples, carrots and orange into pieces
2. Blend them into a juice
3. Then add the aloe vera
Aloe Vera Juice Recipe 4
Exotic Aloe Vera Drink
For something a little more exotic you can try this one.
1-2 cup Fresh pineapple
1 Green apple
1 tbsp Aloe vera pulp
A few tbsp of coconut milk is optional
Basically blend all the ingredients together, adding the pulp of the aloe vera leaf. The coconut milk more than being a tasty addition, will actually increase the anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities of this drink.
Aloe Vera Uses are endless.
Here are our top five favourite:
1. Make feet baby soft with an exfoliating foot mask by mixing together a half cup of oatmeal, a half cup of corn meal, four tbsp. of aloe vera gel and a half cup of unscented body lotion.
2. For more major kitchen mishaps like a scald, mix some aloe gel and vitamin E oil into a little jar for a homemade burn healer.
3. Reverse signs of aging skin and wrinkles. Cleopatra did!
4. Brighten skin. Aloe can decrease pigmentation and dark spots.
5. For rougher patches mix together an organic salt skin scrub using two cups of sea salt, one cup of aloe vera, one cup of organic coconut oil and two tbsp. of local, organic honey.
Aloe Vera Uses : Wound Healing
Aloe Vera are great plants for healing wounds when used both orally and topically. Below I will explain two great examples, backed with scientific literature of aloe vera uses when it comes to wound healing.
Aloe Vera Plant Uses -Drinking For Wound Healing
In a study by Dr. Davis et al. it was found that when animal drank Aloe Vera orally they experienced a 62.5% reduction in would diameter compared to animal who drank plain water for 2 months (control). Note, the mice received 100 mg/kg/day of aloe vera.
Aloe Vera For Skin
Dr. Davis, et al. and his team also published that when aloe vera is applied topically to mice, they experienced a 50.8% reduction in wound diameter. Although this is a 11.7% reduction in improvement compared to drinking aloe vera, it is still a significant improvement in would healing. Specifically, the scientist put a 25% w/v concentration in Eucerin cream.
Aloe Vera Uses – Wound Healing Results
Overall, one can see that aloe vera has great use in would healing. The data by Dr. Davis, et al. suggests that aloe vera is effective by both oral and topical routes of administration.
Aloe Vera Reference:
Davis RH., Leitner, MG., Russo, JM. and Byrne ME. (1989). Wound Healing, Oral & Topical Activity of Aloe Vera. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc, Vol 79 (11) p.559-562.
Aloe Vera plant care is important when it comes to watering. Often, these succulent plants require very little water (after all they contain 99% water!).
Aloe Vera Plant Care Watering Schedule
In order for your aloe vera plant to maintain its moisture levels and be able to heal those wounds of yours, it is important to water the aloe once every 4 to 5 days. Also, don’t water the plant from below (if you have a tray below), but from the top as aloe plants roots grown sideways first, rather than deep down. With baby aloe plants, I highly recommend watering them from the topsoil.
Want to Learn More:
If you liked this post, you will enjoy my more detailed post and video on taking care of both indoor and outdoor aloe vera plants.
- Indoors versus outdoors ideal locations
- Feeding Aloe Vera
- Replanting baby shoots
- Sunlight exposure
- Gardening Gear
Aloe vera plant care is really important.
I bet you never thought of taking good care of your Aloe Vera plant so that you could get amazing hair and skin benefits? Think again! ;)
Below you will find three short videos on how to use aloe vera juice to make a moisturizer spray. fun fun.
Ingredients to Aloe Vera Beauty Moisturizer Spray:
- Fresh Aloe Vera Leaf
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup of lemon juice
- Sharp Knife
- Ice Cube Tray
- Water Bottle
Note: I have written the directions below the three short videos if you don’t have time to watch them. I highly recommend it though.
1. Remove all the green by cutting away the top and end of the leaf (with your knife) and then the spiny sides but leaving the bottom of the leaf to hold the aloe meat.
2. Using a spoon, scoop up the aloe and put it into your strainer and rinse with cold water.
3. Place the rinsed aloe meat into the blender with 1.4 to 1/3 cups of lemon juice depending on how much you are processing. Note, the lemon is important as it keeps the aloe from turning brown.
4. Blender for about 30 – 60 seconds and pour into ice tray. All that is not being frozen must go into the refrigerator until already to freeze into ice cubes./
5. Once frozen, place only the one ice cube into the blender with 3 cups of cold water and blend for about 60 seconds.
6. Pour the juice into a spray bottle and use on your hair as often as you like. Keep refrigerated between uses. The juice is good for 7 days. But if you are like me you will be making about 2 sprays.
7. Note, the gel will be cold will you spray it, but cold water is good your hair naturally anyways.
Check out this great clip on how great aloe vera can be when digesting it.
Try this great aloe vera juice I love:
Aloe Vera Plant Care is really important so you can ultimately get the most health benefits from it.
One thing we love about Aloe Vera is it’s skin benefits!
Check out this video on how to utilize aloe vera for your skin.
Note: You can also freeze aloe vera gel and use it on your sunburned skin at a later time.
Why Care For An Aloe Vera Plant? Simple, Aloe Can Do Miracles For Your Health
Did you know?
- Aloe Vera leaf is just 0.5 – 1.5% solid, with an average pH value of 4.55!
- Aloe Vera is in the same family as Lilies and Onions!
- Aloe Vera contains over 75 different nutrients and vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid.
- Aloe Vera contains 19 of the 20 amino acids required by the human body for good health. The human body however produces only 12 of these. Then 8 outstanding amino acids (also known as “essential” amino acids) have to be consumed as food or drink.
Why Drink Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera contains 12 anthraquinones. These 12 Phenolic compounds are found exclusively in the sap of the Aloe Vera plant. In small quantities, when they do not exert their purgative effect, they aid absorption from the gastro-intestinal tract and have anti-microbial and pain killing effects. Anthraquinones also provide anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral activity. In high concentrations on their own they can be toxic, but they are not toxic within the complex environment of the Aloe Vera plant.
Helps Break Down Food and Aid in Digestion
Aloe Vera contains 8 enzymes. These enzymes contained in Aloe Vera help the breakdown of food sugars and fats aiding digestion and enhancing nutrient absorption. One enzyme in particular, kinase, helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically and therefore reduces pain, whereas others help digest any dead tissues in wounds. Lipases and proteases which break down foods and aid digestion are also present.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits - Minerals
Several different minerals have been found in Aloe Vera, following are the 10 most important ones:
These minerals are essential for good health and are known to work in synergistic combinations with each other, vitamins and other trace elements
Aloe Vera is Great for Your Skin
Aloe Vera contains Salicylic Acid which is an Aspirin like compound that works as a pain killer. It possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Saponins which are Glycosides form about 3% of what’s in Aloe Vera gel. They are soapy substances which provide cleansing and antiseptic activity. They act powerfully as anti-microbials against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts.