We acquired a new type of Aloe Vera plant earlier - Christmas has come early!!! Or maybe not, what month is it? December is that you?
This got me planning all the things I can do with my current Aloe plant now I have reserves and I thought I'd take 5 to share all the amazing Aloe uses.
Exfoliator (add brown sugar or even coffee grounds & rub on the skin!)
Sunburn remedy; straight up – slice up the leaf and rub the gel directly onto your skin
A face mask; you can just use the gel straight up, it’s so moisturising, but I like to pop the gel in the blender with that avocado that went off whilst I went downstairs to grab a coffee (classic avos).
Straight up on irritated skin, or rashes. This really works for me; especially if there’s itchy irritation.
A little nutrient top up, there are so many benefits to ingesting aloe vera (the list is really long, but there’s a great summary here – though it’s extremely bitter so I cheat. I just cut it into little cubes & take ‘em like a pill with lots of water.
Heel softener – after spending the last 4 months shoeless (COVID-19, yey) – today is the day I WILL tackle my heels. Aloe Vera is the miracle cure I needed and forgot about. I'll I'm going to do is treat myself to a bath, buff my heels with a rough rock I found at the beach (not joking, told you I like things all natural); then apply the aloe gel, whilst singing to the greatest showman soundtrack for 30 mins or so whilst I let it do its thang!
Boil your leaves, helps clear sinuses and headaches; (do this once you’ve used the gel inside the leaves for one of the above purposes); and your rooms will smell amazing!
I have to admit that when I first started messing around with Aloe Vera, I found the variety of textures very uncomfortable - sorry if the below doesn't sit right with you - but I soon realised how magical this stuff really is. Now it's just a fun game trying to get the substance to do what you meant it to!
I'm sure interested to hear your uses; I love discovering new things to do!