Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant that’s been used to treat various health conditions for thousands of years. It’s usually safe to use directly from the plant or you can buy it in gel form.
Aloe vera creams, gels, and ointments contain the clear gel found in aloe veraleaves. These products can be applied topically to treat various skin conditions. Aloe is sold in capsule or liquid form to take internally to promote health and well-being.
How To Use Fresh Aloe Gel
You can apply fresh aloe gel directly to your skin or follow a recipe to make a homemade beauty product. It can also be added to food, smoothies, and drinks.
Aloe Vera Juice
To make aloe juice, use 1 cup of liquid for every 2 tablespoons of aloe gel. Include any other ingredients, like fruit, and use a blender or food processor to mix up your drink.
Aloe Vera Slices
If you’re planning to consume the fresh slices of aloe gel, it will keep in the refrigerator for a few days, but its best to consume it as quickly as possible. You can always store aloe vera gel in the freezer if you’re not ready to use it right away.
Due to its soothing, moisturizing, and cooling properties, aloe vera is often used to treat burns.
Improves Digestive Health
Consuming aloe vera may benefit your digestive tract and help to soothe and cure stomach ailments, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Promotes Oral Health
Aloe vera toothpaste and mouthwash are natural options for improving oral hygiene and reducing plaque.
Using fresh aloe on your face may help clear up acne. You can also purchase aloe products designed for acne, including cleansers, toners, and creams. These may have the extra benefit of containing other effective ingredients, too. Acne products made with aloe may be less irritating to the skin than traditional acne treatments.
How To Care For An Aloe Vera Plant
You can find aloe plants at garden centers, floral shops, and even online. They are usually fairly easy to grow provided they have enough sunlight and warmth.
Aloe plants need about six to eight hours of sunlight per day. Younger plants need less direct sunlight than more mature plants. Typically, aloe plants are grown in warmer climates, but they can be grown indoors during colder months.
Water your aloe plant when the soil is dry for about two inches below the surface. You can use your finger to determine how dry the soil is.
Depending on your climate, you may need to water once a week or even less. Always err on the side of less to avoid overwatering, which can cause the tips of the aloe leaves to brown.
Make sure your plant pot has drain holes on the bottom to allow any excess water to run out.
Keep your eye on your plant’s health so you can notice any issues that arise and treat them accordingly.
Aloe vera plants are relatively easy to care for and process, and there are many possible uses for the plant.
Aloe is generally safe for most people, but if you have an underlying health condition or take medicines or use herbs, talk to your doctor before using aloe as it could react with other medications and substances.