The Aloe Vera plant’s gel with numerous vital substances is a miracle product for skin, hair, and body.
One plant, many application areas: the desert plant aloe vera is considered a miracle cure for health. Our skin, in particular, benefits from its countless vital substances and vitamins. Read here what makes aloe so unique and how the gel of the medicinal plant can be used.
Aloe Vera grows in most of the world’s tropical and subtropical regions, gets by with very little water, and has been used as a medicinal plant in many cultures around the world for thousands of years.
The desert plant, also known as the “source of eternal youth,” contains over 160 vital substances, the perfect interplay of which works wonders for both health and beauty. The amino acids, fatty acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins contain healing powers.
The active ingredient acemannan, in particular, is an effective healing aid: the polysaccharide is the basis for all connection-creating cells, including the skin, vascular walls, tendons, joints, cartilage, ligaments, and the basic structure of the bones.
It is not for nothing that aloe vera is called the plant of immortality in some cultures because its effect on the human body is astonishing: it has a strengthening, regenerative, immune-strengthening, cleansing, and pain-relieving effect.
Aloe helps with immune deficiency, inflammation, allergies, supports the liver, kidneys, and the entire digestive system, and counteracts inflammation and fungi of all kinds.
Skincare with aloe vera
Aloe vera gel is a real miracle cure for our skin. It can be used as moisturizing facial care, making the skin more supple, promoting its blood circulation, and producing the collagen and elastic fibers of the connective tissue. Aloe Vera also works as a natural anti-aging agent, as its active ingredients delay the formation of wrinkles and make the skin look younger.
The desert lily is also an all-rounder in the fight against skin problems. The aloe vera plant soothes burns (especially sunburn), scalds, allergic reactions, ulcers and promotes skin regeneration. Aloe vera gel has a cooling, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic effect and therefore helps against pimples, abscesses, eczema, neurodermatitis, herpes, or psoriasis.
When buying an aloe vera plant, you should make sure that the “Barbadensis Miller” variety ends in your shopping basket. This type of aloe has the healing properties described above. If you want to save yourself the work of processing fresh aloe vera, for example, to extract the gel from its leaves by hand, you can also use aloe vera juice or gel from health food stores or supermarkets.
The following applies here: organic quality products are usually better because they contain neither preservatives nor other additives. The purer the quality, the better aloe vera affects health and beauty.
This is how Aloe Vera supports beauty – inside and out.
Beauty tricks for flawless skin
Vitamin Pads: Take a leaf from a large aloe vera mother plant and cut off both sides’ prickly edge. Then cut the leaf into pieces about four centimeters wide. Gently divide each sheet horizontally so that the number of pads doubles. Scrap out the aloe vera gel with a knife and save it for further use. The aloe vera leaves’ moist insides can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator and used, for example, to treat sunburn, acne, wounds, scars, mosquito bites, or dry skin or as a cooling refreshment in between meals.
Serum: Mix aloe vera gel with a blender or milk frother with a few drops of your favorite care oil and apply the serum to the face or body. This natural care works wonders, especially on dry or irritated skin areas.
Refreshing spray: Mix some aloe vera gel with water in a spray bottle and spray it on as a refreshing body or face spray on hot days.
- Mix aloe vera gel, jojoba oil, a little turmeric powder, and chickpea flour with a mixer to an even mass.
- Apply to the entire face in circular motions and gently remove with a towel after a few minutes.
- Do not wash off the leftovers with water as they contain important vitamins for the skin.
While aloe vera and jojoba oil moisturize and nourish the skin, turmeric works against impure skin, and the flour has a gentle peeling effect.
Natural shaving gel: The fresh aloe vera gel can be used wonderfully as an alternative to shaving foam or shaving gel from the drugstore. Apply to the desired area and shave as usual. The active ingredients of aloe vera moisturize the skin and prevent reddened areas of the skin or razor bumps.
Hand and body cream: A self-mixed hand or body cream made from coconut oil and aloe gel ensures particularly soft skin. To do this, mix both components in a ratio of two thirds to one third using a hand mixer to form a creamy mass.
Face mask against blemished skin: Say battle against pimples and the like with a mask made from aloe vera gel, honey, and lemon juice. Apply the mixture evenly to the face with a brush, leave it on for a quarter of an hour and then wash off with lukewarm water.
Aloe vera care for shiny and healthy hair
Eyelash and eyebrow gel:
- Remove the flesh from the aloe vera leaf and pour the gel into a small container.
- Mix with a few drops of castor oil.
- Store in the refrigerator and apply to lashes overnight with an old, washed-out mascara brush.
To keep unruly eyebrows in shape all day long, apply pure aloe gel in the direction of growth with a mini brush.
Hair conditioner: For an extra portion of moisture, massage the aloe vera gel from the scalp to the ends of the hair, leave it on for at least 15 minutes, and then wash the hair as usual.
Nourishing leave-in conditioner: Mix the aloe vera gel and a few drops of jojoba oil with a mixer to form a homogeneous mass. Strong, curly hair with dry ends, in particular, will benefit from this natural moisturizer. If necessary, brush into the lengths, tips, or on the hairline and massage in the direction of growth. This cares for the hair and makes it look fuller.
Vitamin bomb to go: aloe vera for oral use
Vitamin Drops The vitamins and minerals in aloe vera act as a power boost for the intestinal flora and the immune system. Cut fingernail-sized pieces out of the pure aloe gel and swallow like a drop.
Wellness drink: Mixed with apple juice (or any other fruit juice of your choice) and chia seeds, aloe vera gel becomes a refreshing wellness drink for beauty. If you like to prepare your fruit or vegetable smoothies, you can also add a little aloe vera gel to the pureed drink.