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25 Ways To Use Aloe Vera That Will Blow Your Mind!
Aloe Vera is one of the most popular houseplants around. It’s easy to grow, and has a reputation for being great in the kitchen for common household burns. Most people, however, have no idea about the almost magical healing compounds that this spiky little houseplant contains.
Inside the leaves of these plants is a clear, sticky, gel-like substance that has a long history of being used for both health and beauty purposes. Cleopatra is known to apply the gel to your face and body as a part of her beauty routine and the ancient Greeks used it for everything from a cure for baldness to insomnia, and the Native Americans called this plant “The Wand from Heaven.”
Aloe vera is known to have at least 6 types of natural antiseptics, which can kill viruses, bacteria, and fungus. This unremarkable looking plant is even being investigated as a possible AIDS fighter and for its anti-cancer compounds.
If you decide to take this gel orally, be sure you get the OK from your doctor. Although it’s considered to be safe for almost everyone, but there can be drug interactions, so be on the safe side and talk to your doctor before you drink it.
Keep reading for 25 fascinating ways you can use aloe vera that will blow you away!
1. Heal Herpes Outbreaks
Dab some of the gel onto herpes sores and let the gel dry. It will relieve the pain and help the sore to heal more quickly. Read about other natural remedies for herpes.
2. Soft Feet
You can make your feet baby soft by mixing half a cup of oatmeal, half a cup of corn meal, and about 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Mix these ingredients well, and then add about a half cup of body lotion of your choice. Rub into the feet well, the cover with cotton socks and allow to sit for an hour or two, then rinse off.
3. Shave Gel
Don’t bother with those chemically filled shaving gels! All you need is some aloe vera gel to get a silky soft face and eliminate razor burn! Ladies this will work well on your legs as well!
4. Bruise Help
You can greatly diminish those ugly black and blue bruise marks by applying some aloe vera gel to the injured area.
5. Moisturizing Body Scrub
Take two or three aloe vera leaves and slice them lengthwise. Use the inside of the leaves as a naturally moisturizing body scrub in the shower. Find out how to make your own anti-aging sugar scrub.
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Adding some aloe vera gel to your morning smoothie, or mixing some fresh gel in a glass of water, can detoxify the body gently and safely. Read also how to lose weight with aloe vera.
7. Asthma Relief
Boil a few leaves in a pan of water and, making a tent with a towel, breathe in the steam to relieve asthma or allergy symptoms.
8. Stop Premature Aging
Use as a face mask to help stop the signs of premature aging and tighten the skin to help prevent, or at least lessen, wrinkles. Cleopatra did, so why not you?
9. Hair Growth
Many people claim that massaging aloe vera into the scalp will make hair grow faster and prevent baldness. Before you shampoo, massage some gel into your scalp. Allow to penetrate for 30 minutes, then rinse out and shampoo as you normally would.
10. Immune System Support
Consuming aloe vera gel is known to stimulate the growth of white blood cells and encourage the growth of healthy cells, especially for those suffering from cancer.
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11. Urinary Health
Drinking aloe vera juice daily will kill the bacteria that can live in the urinary system, causing UTIs, bladder infections, and other urinary problems. If you get frequent UTIs, try a little aloe vera each morning.
12. Natural Burn Salve
For a really nasty burn, mix a couple of tablespoons of aloe vera gel and two or three capsules of vitamin E oil in small container, then apply to the affected area for a super-fast healing burn salve that will help to minimize scarring.
13. Skin Moisturizer
You don’t need to spend a lot of money for soft, supple skin. Replace all those chemically laden skin creams with some aloe vera gel. This gel is fast absorbing and never feels greasy.
14. Heal Sunburn
Aloe vera can soothe the pain and stinging heat from a sunburn. Rub some aloe vera gel directly onto the burn area for quick relief.
15. Stop Acne
You see plenty of expensive creams and soaps to stop acne, but since aloe will naturally kill bacteria, all you really need to do is apply some aloe vera to your face each day, allow it to dry, then rinse off.
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16. Hair Conditioner
Rather than conditioner, try using some aloe vera gel as a hair conditioner for super silky hair that just might grow faster by using aloe vera.
17. Ease Psoriasis
If you suffer from psoriasis, you can find relief from your symptoms by applying some aloe vera gel to the affected areas.
18. Stop Age Marks
You can naturally brighten your skin and lighten age spots, liver spots, and darker pigmentation areas by applying a face mask using aloe vera gel. If you only have one or two small spots, you can dab some of the fresh gel onto the marks with a cotton swab.
19. Improve Digestion
If you suffer from IBS, bloating, heartburn, indigestion, or other types of digestive problems, simply drinking about a teaspoon of aloe vera juice before each meal will naturally relive these types of problems and improve the digestive process.
20. Heart Health
Aloe vera can reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and triglycerides levels in the blood naturally, which helps to improve the heart of your health.
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21. Lower Blood Sugar
Drinking some aloe vera juice each day can help to lower blood sugar levels, which is super helpful for everyone, but most especially diabetics.
22. Prevents Scars
You can rub aloe vera gel directly on scars or stretch marks, which will help to lessen their appearance dramatically.
23. Rash Relief
If you have ever had a rash, whether it be a heat rash or one of those mysterious “who knows where it came from” type of rash, you know how irritating they can be. Well, you don’t need to suffer! Simply apply some aloe vera gel to the rash and you will not only find instant relief, but that rash should simply vanish in a matter of hours!
24. Blister Relief
You can stop blisters from burning and itching, as well as help them heal faster, by applying some aloe vera gel to the blister two or three times each day.
SEE ALSO: Aloe Vera Effective Medicine for Cancer
25. Eases Arthritis and Joint Pain
Taking one teaspoon of aloe vera gel three times per day will greatly help diminish the pain from arthritis or other types of joint pain, and help to naturally relieve the inflammation that causes these types of joint pain. If you don’t want to consume it, try freezing some aloe vera gel and water in ice cube trays, and then rub it directly on the sore joints for some instant pain relief!
Aloe vera is one of the most underrated plants around and can be one of the most powerful remedies you can keep on hand. You can buy prepared aloe vera gel at your local health food store, but why do that when you can easily grow all you want from one little plant. They take very little care and spread like wildfire in a semi-sunny spot in the garden.