You must have heard of Aloe Vera, an incredible plant that has its present in many parts of the world nowadays. According to experts, this plant was first cultivated 6,000 years ago, when it was served as a burial gift to pharaohs in Egypt.
Regarded as the “plant of immortality”, Aloe Vera is used for various purposes, including skin problems, asthma, epilepsy, and osteoarthritis. Today, the plant has become the main ingredient in hundreds of skin products like lotion, cream or facial masks. It is also produced into juice or latex so that you can consume by mouth .
Besides all of products that you can purchase at markets or groceries, you can totally grow an aloe vera plant at home and make use of its fresh leaves to benefit yourself and family members.
For more information about the benefit of aloe vera, please take a look at Health Benefits of Aloe Vera.
Here are some simple and productive ways on how to use aloe vera plant that help you make good use of this ingredient…
1. Makeup Remover
Removing makeup is an essential step in skincare routine that all women should remember. After a long day of working, studying or hanging around, your skin needs to get rid of the makeup and dirt on the surface before you go to bed. However, all of makeup removers sold on market today contains chemicals that possibly harm your skin, especially sensitive and dry skin.
Fortunately, you can totally use aloe vera to make a natural makeup remover for your face. This plant will quickly wipe out all makeup on your skin and simultaneously leave behind vitamins and nutrients to improve your skin.
Simply extract the gel from inside of an aloe vera leaf. Dip a cotton ball into the gel and use it to cleanse your face. Wash off again with clean water.
2. Shaving Cream
If you are having problems with shaving cream that is not able to make your skin slippery for a nice shave or dry your skin, why don’t you try aloe vera to replace it? With antibacterial and soothing properties, aloe vera makes a perfect shaving cream for you. You can choose using it alone or mixing with other natural ingredients.
Mix half a cup of Aloe Vera Gel with 1 tablespoon of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil, 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil and ¼ cup of warm water. Mix them well and put in a bottle. Keep it in the fridge and shake well before you use.
If you are looking for a natural exfoliator, aloe vera should be your first choice of ingredients. The plant has capacity of soothing and providing oxygen to your skin as well as reinforcing the tissues.
Get ½ cup of aloe vera gel and mix with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Mix them well and you will get a paste. Apply the paste to your face or anywhere need exfoliating like heels, arms, elbows and rub gently. Finally, rinse off the area with water.
4. Face Wash
Aloe vera face wash helps you easily cleanse the skin without drying it. Additionally, it is effective in moisturizing the skin by providing it loads of nutrients. This face wash is suitable for most of people, even those with dry, sensitive skin, acne or rosacea.
To make use of aloe vera gel for face, add 1 tablespoon aloe vera with 1 tablespoon each of coconut oil and lemon juice. Mix them well and use the mixture as a normal face wash.
5. Facial Mask
Of course, a facial mask will be definitely on our list of how to use aloe vera plant since treating skin problems and improving it are the most excellent benefits of aloe vera.
Use a blender to mix half a cup of aloe vera gel, a fresh cucumber and an egg white. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it overnight. In the next morning, wash off your face with clean water.
Or you can simply apply pure aloe vera gel to your face. Leave it for 30 minutes then rinse off with water.
6. Dry and Cracked Skin
When your feet or hand skin get dry and cracked, instead of resorting to skincare products, try aloe vera. This ingredient is packed with hundreds of essential nutrients that are needed for your skin.
Mix 2/3 cup of aloe vera with ½ cup each of corn meal and oatmeal and 1 tablespoons of coconut oil. After mixing them well, rub the handmade product over the dry skin to exfoliate dead skin cells. Rinse off with clean water after 10 minutes. Finally, apply some of pure aloe vera gel as a natural moisturizer.
Learn more other treatments for dry skin, please take a look at How to Get Rid of Dry Skin.
7. Soothing Cube
Whenever you get bites by bugs or insects, skin rash or swelling, ice cubes are always a good solution used to temporarily and instantly ease the inflammation and irritation. Meanwhile, one of aloe vera uses is to treat skin problems effectively. This brings us to the point why don’t we take advantage of the soothing quality of ice with antibacterial, antiseptic properties of aloe vera at the same time to instantly and completely treat the condition.
Get the gel from aloe vera leaf and fill it in an ice cub tray. Put the tray in freezer container. Next time when you get problems with skin, use some aloe vera cubes to apply to the affected areas.
8. Bad Breath
Another ways on how to use aloe vera plant is making it a mouthwash to cleanse your mouth and improve your breath. This is thanks to the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties in the plant that help to quickly get rid of the bad breath.
Dissolve 2-3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel into ½ cup of water. Use the solution to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth or whenever you find it needed.
9. Eyebrow Gel
All women desire to have a strong and tidy eyebrow, which is not easy to get without the help of cosmetic products. However, you can also make use of aloe vera to get the eyebrows you wish.
Use a mascara wand to apply a little aloe vera gel to your untidy brows. The gel will keep it in the right place without getting sticky or hard.
If you want to grow eyebrows faster, mix some aloe vera and castor oil in the same amount. Apply it to your eyebrows for some minutes then wash off.
10. Treat Sunburn and Other Skin Diseases
And now you ask “What else can aloe vera do for you?”. The answer is many many other things but the last benefit we want to mention here is the incredible ability of aloe vera in treating sunburn and other skin problems.
Containing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera is highly effective in reduce the development of skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema. Besides, it can also sooth the irritation, redness, swelling and burning sensation, which are consequences of sunburn.
In addition, the vitamins and nutrients in aloe vera when applied to the skin are quickly absorbed into it, accelerating the healing process.
All you need to do is simply apply pure aloe vera gel onto the affected areas.
For more treatments of sunburn, please take a look at Home Remedies for Sunburn.