7 ways to use aloe vera on your skin

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aloe-vera-plantAloe vera has a reputation as a ‘medicine plant’ thanks to its anti-bacterial, anti-fingal, anti-inflammatory, pain killing, cell renewing and healing properties!

No home should be without an aloe vera plant!

We have three or four of them in our kitchen windowsill for treating all sorts of minor conditions. They are eay to look after and will take some neglect.

To use aloe vera on your skin, just break a leaf off, split it open and rub the cooling gel straight onto your skin. Aloe vera is safe to use on babies and children.

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  • Soft skin. Rub the aloe vera gel on your skin to soften and soothe.
  • Spots. Dab the gel on spots or acne for instant healing.
  • Eczema and psoriasis. Dab the gel onto affected areas to soothe inflamation.
  • Athlete’s foot. Aloe vera is anti fungal, so apply the gel  liberally to your tootsies.
  • Cuts and scratches. Perfect for healing minor cuts and scratches on your babes!
  • Bites and stings. Ouch! Apply the gel to soothe the pain.
  • Burns. An amazing and miraculous cure for minor burns. Dab on the gel and feel the pain subside.

What about you? How do you use aloe vera on your skin for healing?

15 Comments

  1. Wendy on April 30, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Another wonderful article! When I was little my Mom always had aloe vera plants around for burns, etc. Your piece is a reminder that I should have one (or three) as well! Thank you!



  2. Mrs Green on May 5, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    @Wendy: ahhh, it’s good to be reminded of these things. Is it easy to get hold of aloe vera over there? Try and get a fertile female if you can – then you’ll soon have three plants!



  3. Natalie on May 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Any article that mentions the magic of the Aloe plant is a good article. I wish more people knew about it. I use it for pretty much everything!



  4. Lori Jones on May 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    It’s amazing that over 20 years ago Aloe Vera was unheard of, now it’s in just about everything. 6 years ago that was true of the mangosteen fruit, grown in SE Asia and used for centuries in healthing brought to market in the form of a wholefood juice by Xango, now mangosteen is in a skin care line that is like no other. 3rd party clinical study reveals this anti aging topical skin nutrition has fast proven results.

    I have been studying the dangers of toxic chemicals in products we use daily and it’s important to share the info with others, especially mothers and teens. I just updated my health blog and would appreciate your comments and feedback. http://www.ljhealth.wordpress.com
    Also, view this video and find out more about this serious issue
    http://www.thecosmeticconspiracy.com/ljhealth

    I look forward to your postings.
    Lori



  5. Mrs Green on May 7, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    @Natalie: Hi Natalie, good to see you and thank you for your comment. It is a pretty wondrous plant. So many plants are and there is always something new to learn about them 🙂 Do you have any particular favourite uses for aloe vera?

    @Lori Jones: Hi Lori, great to see you; it’s great to meet someone who cares about spreading the word on toxic chemicals. They are in so many things and lots of people are still not alerted to the dangers they pose to our health and environment.

    Your site and information seem quite complex and there are ingredients I have not heard of in the glimpse products. The reviews sound great, however, I personally prefer to keep things simple by making my own where possible.

    Regarding the video – nothing surprises me in the information given. I wrote something about SPF sunscreen conspiracy a few years ago … When you consider 60% of the products on your skin can enter the body we have to treat the skin with the greatest respect and only put onto it things we would be happy to put in our mouths.



  6. Aloe Vera Blogger on June 20, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks for all the information. I am working by my self with Aloe Vera



  7. Mrs Green on June 30, 2009 at 7:44 am

    @Aloe Vera Blogger: Hello Aloe Vera blogger; would you like to tell us more about what you are doing and how you are working with aloe vera?



  8. paul m on July 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I began using aloe vera for sunburns about 20 years ago. Soon after I also began to use it as an after shower moisturizer, for my face in particular. Skin tends to feel rather tight and dry following a shower. This became part of my routine and I haven’t looked back.

    For 20+ years now following every shower … occasionally at other times during the day I have been using aloe. I have always liked the fact that it was natural, non-greasy and essentially disappeared about five minutes after using with no residue leaving your skin properly moisturized. Evidence suggests that aloe provides significant benefits far exceeding simple sunburn treatments. This seems to be backed up by the fact that island residents where aloe is prevalent and used regularly tend to have skin looking years younger than the user’s true age.

    My preference is towards the more natural. Aloe from the plant is a clear gel – not green as many products show it. I suppose some manufacturers have made it green because that color is either expected or more pleasing in some way but if you are looking for natural you want it clear and as close to 100% aloe vera as is possible. Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera fills the bill on all fronts. 100% aloe vera, no added color, no added alcohol etc. It has become our house favorite.

    Side note: at the time I began using it I was not seeking a youth potion, just a way of getting rid of that tight dry feeling following a shower. I don’t know if credit belongs with the aloe, heridity, luck or some combination but my skin appears quite a bit younger than my age should dictate. Take that for what it is.



  9. Mrs Green on July 2, 2009 at 7:17 am

    @paul m: Hello Paul, it’s very interesting to hear about the effects of aloe on your skin. And how it rejuvenates skin.

    I too, get tightness on my skin after bathing and I thought it was the chlorine in the water. I’ll experiment with aloe and see how I get on. Thanks for the idea!



  10. Virginia on May 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    My house is never without the Made from Earth Aloe Vera Skin Treatment and I’ve tried many kinds. Most of what has been available has been in gel form – which is full of chemicals! To make it gel-like, carcinogenic preservatives are used, as well as artificial colors, scents, etc. All I want is 100% aloe vera.

    Since finding the Made from Earth Aloe Vera (including the Aloe & Jojoba for the body), I keep one bottle on the frig door at all times for a more immediate cooling, soothing effect. One bottle is in the bathroom medicine cabinet and one in the bedroom. Its not a gel – its a real aloe vera cream that is potent.



  11. Mrs Green on May 12, 2010 at 6:56 am

    @Virginia: Hi Virgina, thanks for the mention of Made from Earth; I’d never heard of them and it’s good to find a product without all the nasties.



  12. Bobbie on April 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    @Aloe vera has been around and heard of by many, for much more than 20 years.My great grandmother used it and all her family, right up to me, my children and my grandchildren. I have never used soap on my face and don’t feel any tightness and the only thing I use is aloe vera straight from the plant. I’m so happy with it I wouldn’t use anything else. Bye a plant, you’ll love it. Lori Jones:



  13. Mrs Green on April 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    @Bobbie: what a wonderful testimonial for these amazing plants – thanks Bobbie 🙂



  14. ROBERT on May 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    can i plant a aloe vera plant outside in a pot in my garden



  15. Mrs Green on June 1, 2012 at 6:13 am

    @ROBERT: Hi Robert, well it depends on where you live. Aloe Vera like heat so won’t survive a cold winter. If you have somewhere protected and sunny they should survive just fine but you might need to bring it back indoors if your winters are cold



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