Aloe Vera is a plant with multiple virtues. Used since ancient times for its countless benefits, it is highly appreciated both for health purposes and as a beauty elixir.
A colorless and transparent gel is obtained from the central part of the aloe leaves. Its consistency is rather sticky but rich in mucilage, proteins, minerals, vitamins, lipids, enzymes, and saponins. Precisely by what has been said, it has anti-ageing effects and more, but it is particularly effective for treating dry skin or as a regenerator after sun.
Moreover, it has healing properties and is helpful in abrasions, burns, wounds and bruises.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anesthetic and immunostimulating properties, aloe gel is famous for stimulating cell regeneration and preventing infections in case of burns.
Many recipes can be made with this “miraculous” plant.
Soothing, purifying, moisturizing, anti-ageing, aloe Vera is a precious ally for skincare. But let’s find out together how to make some do-it-yourself facial treatments.
Moisturizing Mask With Aloe Vera
Thanks to its high water content, it moisturizes and nourishes the skin in-depth, and it is for this reason that it represents a natural cure-all for dry skin. To combat dryness and dehydration, here is the mask that is right for you:
- Aloe Vera gel
- a spoonful of natural yogurt
Put a spoonful of plain white yogurt together with the aloe gel in a bowl. Mix for a few minutes and when the two ingredients have merged, apply everything on the face, leaving the mixture on for at least 10 minutes. After this time, rinse with fresh water.
Do-It-Yourself Aloe Vera Scrub
You can not try the aloe-based scrub to have beautiful and soft skin. Its procedure is quite simple, you need to have a few minutes to devote to the realization of the treatment, and voila, your skin will return to shine as it once was!
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of aloe gel or juice
In a bowl, combine all three of these ingredients and stir gently until the mixture is homogeneous. Then apply the mixture to the face having the foresight to perform very delicate circular massages, focusing mainly on the T-zone, face, chin and nose.
If you have some product left over, it is advisable to keep it in the fridge in an airtight container for two days because it is always a natural product without preservatives.
Aloe Vera Hand Cream
Thanks to its healing and moisturizing action, Aloe vera can also be applied to the hands in case of cracking and chilblains.
The ingredients needed in this case are the following:
- a spoonful of aloe vera gel
- 6 drops of lavender essential oil
- a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 3 drops of tea tree oil
- natural mineral water
It should be emphasized that cinnamon, in addition to moisturizing the skin of dry hands, is also rich in antibacterial properties. To obtain a disinfectant effect, proceed as follows:
Put the aloe gel in a saucepan. Melt it over low heat, and then add the lavender essential oil and a few tablespoons of mineral water. Stir occasionally, and then add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 3 drops of tea tree oil
Once the mixture has cooled, pour it into a previously disinfected jar and use it every morning and evening. The result? Flawless
A good aloe-based juice prepared at home can be an excellent solution for those suffering from digestive problems or those who want to regulate intestinal transit or even reduce stomach acid.
The preparation takes only a little time and a little forethought, but it will undoubtedly be worth it, given the many benefits that can be obtained.
Here’s how to proceed:
After cutting the aloe leaves, you must prepare the juice almost immediately because once the leaves come into contact with the air, they oxidize, and some benefits are lost.
Therefore, cut one side of the leaf lengthwise and remove all the yellow and green parts of the leaf with the help of a teaspoon. It would be best to use only the transparent viscous gel to make the juice. Put it in a blender, and to make them taste sweeter, you can add a little honey or sweetener. Don’t forget to add some water. Blend for a few minutes. Once ready, the juice will be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
As you can see, this is a straightforward process indeed. The only caution is to be careful of aloin, a highly purgative substance found in the aloe leaf. There are many ready-made aloe Vera gel drinks on the market for those who want to skip the preparation time immediately.
To purify the liver and burn fat, aloe smoothie is a good solution. Being rich in nutrients improves the body’s defenses and fights excess fats located at specific body points.
- 2 Aloe Vera leaves
- 1 lemon
- 1 sprig of mint
- 1 tablespoon of turmeric
- ½ litre of water
With the help of a knife, open the aloe leaves, and extract the gel. Put the gel in the blender and add the honey, mint, turmeric and water. Blend for a few minutes until the ingredients have merged.
At this point, the smoothie is ready to be enjoyed in all its delicacy.
A little tip: it would be helpful to drink this smoothie every day for 5 consecutive days, preferably on an empty stomach.
Of course, it should be noted that it is a drink integrated into one’s diet, accompanied by a healthy and natural diet correlated with good physical activity.
In short, as can be denoted, many uses can be made thanks to the aloe vera plant. It is a product that should never be missing in our homes.
So, for those who want to try to make a DIY mask or smoothie, this is the right opportunity to start taking care of themselves in the most appropriate way.
Seeing is believing!