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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:

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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.

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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

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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
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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.

5 Great Aloe Vera Uses

Sep 16, 2013

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

Sep 4, 2013

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.

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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.