Aloe Vera has long been used for both therapeutic and beauty purposes. Is it beneficial? How to use it correctly in home conditions?
Features and uses
Aloe vera homeland – South Africa. It grows in the poor soil like a small tree or shrub, rejoices with occasional rain and keeps all the essential materials for a long and happy life on its fleshy leaves.
There are many ways to use them: Aloe vera successfully heals burns, helps to heal wounds and relieves pain. Fresh aloe leaves moisturize the skin, reduce redness, inflammation, alleviate allergies, stimulate collagen production, act as an antioxidant.
A few more benefits:
- Aloe vera is a natural antibiotic. The active substances that are contained in them do not allow the multiplication of bacteria and viruses. Aloe vera juice or honey drum strengthens and activates the immune system, purifies the body and blood.
- Aloe vera perfectly moisturizes dehydrated, irritated skin, promotes blood circulation, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps to rejuvenate the skin, gives a glow.
- Essential oils and saponins in aloe vera help to relieve pain, accelerate wound healing and heal burns (apply a damaged area). This plant cures psyllium, acne, and fungus, as well as joint diseases.
Raw material preparation
Sometimes, when the aloe vera comes in hand suddenly (for example, after burning), it is enough to slit a piece of the leaf and rub it with a wound. But it’s better to prepare cosmetic products in advance. Cracked leaves should be kept for 1-2 weeks in a refrigerator, then crushed or ground. Masks, tonics and other products need to be made from that crust or pressed juice.
Aloe juice restores the balance of skin and hair, gives the hair shine, elasticity to the skin. Cosmetics with aloe vera extract stimulate the cells to regenerate, soothes and heals the skin, has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic effects, helps with acne, burns in the sun, cuts, and scratches.
Before trying the recipes below, do a test and apply the juice to the skin. If there is no unwanted reaction, you can use the juice for home treatments.
Mix a teaspoon of aloe vera juice with a spoon of any fat cream. Apply the cream to a thick layer on the face and neck. After half an hour, rub the cream remnants with a cotton swab.
Aloe vera lotion.
To make a lotion, you will need several aloe leaves and 1.5 l of mineral water. Method: Cut off several leafs, wash them and place them in the refrigerator for 7-10 days, preferably in a plate or bowl. Remove from the refrigerator 2-3 large leaves (total weight – not less than 100g), wash, pour 1-1,5 litres of cold water and leave for 2 hours. Then pour over the pot and boil for 5 minutes. Cool, decontaminate, pour into a bottle and keep it in a refrigerator for no longer than a month. Rub the lotion to the face and neck several times a day.
Tonic Oily and Porous Skin.
Mix aloe vera juice with alcohol in a ratio of 4: 1 (4 parts juice and 1 part alcohol). You can store it for some time in a cool dark place.
Mask for acne.
Mix one teaspoon of marigold oil and one teaspoon of melon with aloe vera juice. Apply the mask to the cleansed face. After 15-20 minutes rinse with warm water.
Mask for face color enhancement.
Mix aloe vera juice and fat cream in equal parts. Apply the mask to a clean face of the face in the morning and the evening and keep it for 15-20 minutes.
Mask for problematic skin.
Add aloe vera juice to the cosmetic or extra-virgin olive oil, put honey, or the yolk of the egg, and apply to dry, problematic skin.
Nutritive anti-wrinkle mask.
This mask nourishes and softens the skin, smooths the wrinkles, restores the balance of acids. Ingredients: 1 egg yolk, one teaspoon aloe vera, one teaspoon vegetable oil. Pour aloe vera juice and oil into the yolk and mix it all. Apply on the skin of the face and rinse with warm water for 20 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times a week. Store in a refrigerator for a maximum of 8 hours.
Hair care products
Anti-dandruff Aloe Vera Shampoo.
Half a cup of regular shampoo mix with half a cup of aloe vera juice and scoop it with an electric plover. Apply to the damp hair.
Masks for weak hair.
Mix 1 teaspoon aloe vera juice, one teaspoon lemon juice, one egg yolk. Rub on the hair roots, wrap your head with a towel. Leave for half an hour, then rinse with warm water.
Mask for oily hair.
Spread juice from the aloe leaves stored in the refrigerator and rub the scalp 2-3 hours before washing. This mask not only inhibits the activity of the sebaceous glands but also destroys dandruff.
- Before using the aloe vera, rub the gel onto your wrist and wait for a minute. If the anointed cut of the skin is not reddened and irritated, it can be used with courageously.
- On the outside of the bark of the aloe leaf, there are yellowish green juices. This material can be harmful to health and irritate the skin, so the bark must be scratched thoroughly. For treatment, only a transparent gel inside of the sheet can be used.
- Before making some treatments, aloe vera should be kept in the dark place for 12 to 15 days at a temperature of 6-8 degrees.
- Only healthy leaves that grow in the lower and middle parts of the plant are used to make medicines. The leaves should be at least 15 cm long.
- Aloe vera juices should be used immediately. Longer stored juices lose its nutrients.
- Most sources say that products with aloe vera should generally be used for no longer than a week since long-term consumption can cause joint pain.
- Aloe vera leaves that are kept for a longer time in a cool, dry place are dangerous to people with cancer.