The Many Benefits of Aloe Vera . . . The Medicine Plant.

Aloe Vera Back in June of this year a reader of this website named Karen left this comment:

“I used to suffer from HORRIBLE hives (brought on by work stress) and it took 2 years of expensive medication, creams, lotions, quitting my job, etc…to finally discover relief: ALOE VERA!  That’s right, the stuff used for burn relief has so many other uses and because it is not as popular as it was 30 years ago, it’s time to make it popular again.
Some of it’s uses are identified by TLC (see”40 Amazing Uses for Aloe Vera”) and as they state “… it doesn’t hurt that aloe vera produces at least six natural antiseptics, which are able to kill mold, bacteria, funguses, and viruses. In fact, the plant is so powerful that researchers and scientists are looking into its potential as an AIDS and cancer-fighter.”
Aloe Vera was my skin saver and it would make a great future post/topic.”

I completely agree Karen!  So I’ve been researching this “miracle plant” to discover what OTHER things it can do. It turns out, the aloe vera plant that has been around for over 4,000 years can do a heck of a lot MORE than soothe minor burns!

Let’s explore some of them shall we???

Karen mentioned this article at How Stuff Works  -  “40 Amazing Uses For Aloe Vera” –  and it’s definitely a good place to start.

Here are my favorites from that list:

  • Slice aloe leaves lengthwise and use the inner sides as a biodegradable body scrub in the shower.
  • Treat burns from minor mishaps in the kitchen — from grease splatters or hot utensils — with a mix of aloe gel and vitamin E oil.
  • Soothe and heal sunburns. Aloe contains cooling properties similar to menthol.
  • Take the sting or itch out of insect bites.
  • For soft feet make an exfoliating foot mask by mixing together a half cup of oatmeal, a half cup of corn meal, four tbsp. of aloe vera gel and a half cup of unscented body lotion.
  • Swab over blisters for quick relief.
  • Replace creams and lotions as a general moisturizer for dry skin. Aloe is fast absorbing!
  • Reverse signs of aging skin and wrinkles. Cleopatra did!
  • Make skin new again with an exfoliating, organic sugar scrub by mixing together 2 tbsp. of aloe vera, 2 tbsp. of organic brown sugar and 1 tsp. of organic lemon juice.
  • For rougher patches of skin, mix together an organic salt scrub using two cups of sea salt, one cup of aloe vera, one cup of organic coconut oil and two tbsp. of local, organic honey.
  • Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor to alleviate asthma.
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Pretty impressive list huh?  That’s just the BEGINNING of the things this humble (dare I say, homely?) plant can do!

Here are some more amazing uses for this indispensable household ally!

 cotton-balls

Reduces Eye Puffiness
Put a little under your eyes after a long night. Takes the puffiness right away!  Cotton balls soaked in refrigerated Aloe Vera Gel also provides a great compress for tired, puffy eyes.

 

stretch marks

Prevent/Fade Stretch Marks, Age Spots, Freckles
Begin massaging aloe vera on your stomach twice a day and continue throughout your pregnancy and after delivery for a few months until any stretch marks fade.

Hemorrhoid Relief
The very same anti-inflammatory constituents that reduce blistering and inflammation in burns also help reduce the irritation of hemorrhoids. Break off a piece of the aloe vera leaf and apply only the clear gel to the hemorrhoids.

 

heartburn

Intestinal Problems Remedy
Taken internally, it heals stomach ulcers and heartburn, and in general soothes the digestive tract. Adverse effects reported from ingesting Aloe Vera include diarrhea and kidney trouble.

Strengthen Weak Nails
Gently massage aloe on your nail beds every day for a few weeks and watch them gain their former luster.

Soothe Razor Burn.
Rub onto razor burns for some much-needed relief!

 

makeup remover

Makeup Remover
Safely removes eye makeup and is gentle on the delicate skin around your eyes.

Skin & Sunburn Soothe
Acne, eczema, and skin irritation respond well to the natural antiseptics in Aloe. Apply gel 2-3 times a day to the area until it is healed. Aloe also contains cooling properties similar to menthol which makes it a great way to sooth sunburns. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. When the skin is hydrated, then it will recover faster from the sunburn.

 

shaving

Natural Shaving Gel and Aftershave
Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory thanks to its enzymes and with its high water content, it is very hydrating. It provides a smooth surface on your skin giving you a very close shave. Aloe also can be used as an aftershave to prevent razor burn.

Wrinkle Repair
Skin loves Vitamins C and E which are present in Aloe, helping to improve skins firmness and keep it hydrated. Combining virgin coconut oil can make a creamier way to supplement nutrients, essential fats and moisture. Aloe Vera gel penetrates skin almost four times faster than water, and its super emollient qualities help it moisturize the under layers of skin.

 

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Cold and Flu
Aloe Vera boosts the immune system. It contains a long list of Phytonutrients. It contains Vitamin A, B, C, E. It contains a long list of minerals, plant sterols and enzymes.

Vitamin B12 for Vegans
The main medicinal use of aloe vera is to support and improve bacteria flora. In addition aloe vera contains the correct combinations of minerals that the bacteria needs to produce Vitamin B12.

Energy Booster
Another medicinal use of aloe vera is boosting energy levels. This is due to the vitamin b complexes and other nutrients that aid in converting a higher percentage of the food in your stomach to energy.

 

Eliminating Dandruff
Mix it with your shampoo, hair conditioner, and other hair care products. Or….before bedtime wet hair thoroughly with aloe vera juice and allow to dry. Rinse thoroughly in the morning.

Menstrual Cramps
Aloe vera gel and black pepper: Take a spoon of the gel with a pinch of pepper three times a day till you get relief.

 

smooth hair

Hair Smoother
Aloe vera gel fights frizz in hair and is a great replacement for expensive styling products.

 

hand sanitizer

Natural Hand Sanitizer
Combine 5-10 drops lavender essential oil; 30 drops tea tree essential oil; 1 Tablespoon witch hazel; 8 ounces 100% pure aloe vera gel. Add several drops of Vitamin E oil as a natural preservative to increase shelf life of this product. (It will also help soften hands!)

Leave-in Conditioner/Scalp Soother
Mix aloe vera gel with a little rosemary essential oil and a few drops of Vitamin E oil, squirt on scalp and ends of hair.  Do not rinse, and this mixture soothes an itchy scalp and softens hair.

 

mouthwash

Natural Mouthwash
Make a homemade aloe vera mouthwash by mixing 2 ounces of Aloe Vera Gel; 3 teaspoons of baking soda; 1 ounce of water, preferably room temperature; 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 5 – 10 drops peppermint essential oil.  Rinse..and repeat!

Regularity Booster
A daily intake of 2-3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel will act like a general tonic and as a mild regulator of the bowels.

upset stomach

(In)Digestion
Aloe vera juice can be effective in aiding digestion, soothing an upset stomach, and providing relief for heartburn.

Cholesterol Lowering
Studies have shown that drinking aloe vera juice can safely lower cholesterol over time.

Psoriasis
Aloe Vera gel softens and soothes this painful and itchy skin condition.  Just apply the gel directly on the skin three times a day for about a month. Studies show an almost 85 percent effective rate of this disease.

 

Acne Treatment
Aloe Vera clears acne by removing the dead cells, thus opening the skin pores and removal of the blocked oil. Apply directly on the outbreak. Scars that have been left by acne can also be treated with aloe.

Shingles
Shingles which is the adult version of chickenpox, usually occurs in adults with a low immune system. Aloe Vera can be used on painful shingles caused by the herpes virus. By applying aloe directly on the open sores it dilates the blood vessels, which aids in healing the wounds.

Sheep Artificial Insemination (you can’t make this stuff up!)
Aloe vera gel can be used to dilute sheep semen for artificial insemination.

 

sunscreen

Sunscreen
Aloe Vera protects against both types of ultraviolet rays that cause premature aging and that cause sunburn and skin darkening of the sun.

Personal Lubricant
Aloe Vera works as an excellent personal lubricant. Not only does it soothe and heal the delicate areas around the sexual and reproductive organs in both men and women but also provides great natural moisturizing.

 

Deodorizing Body Spray
Make a refreshing deodorizing spray from aloe and citrus. Combine 7 oz distilled water; 1 oz aloe vera gel; 60 drops mandarin essential oil (or sweet orange). Spray onto hands and/or feet as needed to remove sweat or stickiness. Let dry naturally.

Dyed Hair Treatment
Use aloe after dying your hair. It moisturizes and gives it a brilliant and healthy look without the greasy feel of other balms.

 

hair detangler

Hair Detangler
Mix one teaspoon of aloe vera gel with a couple drops of glycerin and grapefruit oil, half a teaspoon of grapeseed extract and eight ounces of clean water. Keep this solution in a spray bottle, spraying lightly while in the shower. Keep in mind that citrus oils are sensitive to sun rays, so use caution before heavy sun exposure.

 

canker sore

Eliminating Canker Sores
Aloe vera contains vitamins as well as amino acids that help repair damaged tissues. Research has found that canker sore sufferers who applied aloe vera gel healed about 50 per cent faster than those who didn’t.

Vaginal Yeast Infections
You can treat a vaginal infection by applying Aloe externally and by drinking the gel for its anti-fungal properties. Four to six ounces aloe vera gel daily can help manage Candida colonies in the body naturally and to help keep Candida in check. Moreover, continued use may prevent further infections from occurring.

 

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Pet Care
Aloe vera gel makes a great cleaner for your dog’s ears. It cleans, deodorizes and acidifies your pup’s ears so they stay healthier. Place a small amount of pure aloe vera gel in your pet’s ears. Allow your dog to shake head and dab any excess away with a cotton ball. Use once a week and after swimming. Use aloe gel to treat your pet’s flaking, itching skin or to soothe poison ivy and poison oak rashes. Aloe vera juice has been used internally to treat arthritis in older dogs.

Hunters Helper
Hunters in Africa routinely rub their bodies with aloe to reduce sweating and mask their natural odor from animals.

 

nail biting

Nail-Biting Solution
Brush a child’s fingernails with aloe vera juice, which has a very bitter taste to discourage nail biting.

Weight Loss
Researchers have found that drinking aloe vera juice lowers blood sugar, a positive effect for those with type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Scientists believe that by keeping blood sugar low, you’ll lose weight.

Dark Armpits
Rub some aloe vera gel under your arms to get rid of dark skin under the armpits.

 

aloe vera mask

Reduce Pore Size 
Remove the peel from one cucumber and chop the cucumber roughly. Combine the cucumber, 50 grams of aloe vera gel and 50 milliliters (a little more than 1.5 ounces) of water in a blender. Mix until the ingredients are smooth and creamy. Smooth the aloe vera cream mixture over your face. Do not rinse it off. Keep the cream on your face overnight. Rinse the cream off of your face in the morning. Wash your face and apply a toner to remove any leftover residue. Let the toner dry and apply a moisturizer as the last step.

Combating Anemia
Using aloe vera promotes the production of more red blood cells in your body and fight off anemia.

 

arthritis pain

Relieving Arthritis Pain
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties you can reduce the inflammation of the joints and the resulting pain by applying aloe vera gel to the area where you are experiencing the pain.

Alleviating Earaches
A few drops of aloe vera juice can bring a good amount of relief if you are having ear pain.

 

 

And last but by no means LEAST……….

Do-It-Yourself Body Glitter
Just put a few ounces of the gel into a clean cosmetics jar, and mix in ultra fine cosmetic glitter until you get the desired consistency and sparkle!

A word of caution…..

If you don’t grow your own aloe vera (which is VERY easy to do!), make sure you buy pure, organic aloe vera gel without added dyes or fragrances. Read labels before buying products that contain aloe. Some products contain harmful additives and chemicals.

 So how’s THAT for a comprehensive list of the MANY, MANY uses for this Elixir of Longevity?

What are YOUR favorite aloe vera uses? 




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Comments

  1. Tracy says

    Thank you so much for this article! I am excited to try a few of these things! I have a question though. Can you purchase the aloe vera gel in the department/drug stores or do you have to get yourself an aloe plant to use at home. I was wondering because I didn’t know if the aloe gel at the stores has additives or if it is 100% aloe….AND I can’t grow plants. I look at them and they die! So I’m hoping I can use the stuff you buy at the store. Thank you! keep up the good work! I love this site! I am a daily reader!

    • JaNita says

      I had some of the same questions, then I ran into this article online a while back and Thanks to Pinterest I was able to find it again! This article talks about Aloe uses and it also talks about buying Aloe. It tells you what to look for and to be careful of deceptive labeling. No, no company would EVER do that right! LOL

      Growing a aloe vera plant is actually pretty easy. It is a succulent so they are a lot easier to take care of. Trust me I think I forgot about my plants and forgot to water them for over 2 months. It is still alive! Not as healthy as it should be, yet still alive. I hope that this helps you.

      http://www.diynatural.com/10-uses-for-aloe-vera/

      • Trixie says

        Seriously – anybody can grow and aloe plant. See my post below about my mom’s plant if you think I’m kidding. Good luck! ;)

    • KARL says

      THEY ARE VERY EASY TO GROW. I WOULD SAY TO WATER APPRX 1 TIME EVERY 2 WEEKS. I LITERALLY HAVE THOUSANDS OF THE PLANT GROWING IN MY BACK YARD IS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!

    • Shelleya says

      Check the holistic/health food stores….they should have it with No junk added to it…..organic vitamin stores and so on…..

  2. Briana says

    Have any special remedies for colds?? I’m sick as a dog. Yuck! Aloe is amazinggggggg. My favorite is for after sunburns. Only thing that helps lol

    • Rita says

      Hi:

      For colds I use garlic. When my husband had a humdinger of a cold, I gave him Top Ramen mixed with 9 cloves of par cooked garlic cloves. It was gone the next day and he went to work.

      I also use colloidal silver that I make and put an Airborne in about 3 oz silver. No, no one turned blue! It knocked on symptoms I had yesterday.

      Lots of stuff for colds. Not sure how Aloe Vera would work, but it can give you diarrhea so I avoid it internally. Love external uses, though.

  3. says

    Great article! Aloe is a good moisturizer for those teens (and others) who have oily skin because it soaks in with no greasiness. I’m a curly-head and so I’ve used aloe gel as a hair gel with great results. Cheap, no chemicals, and moisturizing. Right now the aloe gel (clear, 100%) is on sale in W—mart since summer is over. I wouldn’t drink it but it’s good for skin/hair.

    • Donna says

      Jody, I have a teen daughter who is very curly headed. Has hair down below her shoulder and it is very fuzzy after drying. We have tried the commerical frizz control “soothers” and they just make her hair look greasy. Could you tell me how/how much you use the aloe gel to soothe your curly hair? Thanks.

  4. Karen says

    Hey…it’s me “Karen” :-)

    Thanks so much for taking my idea and providing a lot more ways to use this great product. I learn so nuch from your site and always look forward to applying your suggestions. Keep up the great work!

  5. says

    My mother was just talking about this last week. She grabbed her curling iron from the wrong side, burning the inside of her hand. She ran to her aloe plant, broke off a leaf and squeezed the juice and pulp all over the burn, and in 10 minutes the pain stopped and no blister or mark ever appeared. She swears by it, even bought me a plant to put in my house…LOL

    • Karen says

      My Dad always had an aloe plant in the garden outside the kitchen where ever we lived. You burn yourself, you go to the plant and break off a piece. I remember one time daddy splitting the leaf and wrapping it around for something, but I can’t remember what. Mom didn’t dig up the plant when she sold the house, I wish I had thought of it.

      My dad (may he rest in peace) could have been a man’s man version of Jillee’s blog with all the tips and ideas he knew, household fixes, the ‘magic box’ of tools he kept in the truck, he could figure out how to fix anything, the box was an actual wooden cube that he built with a recessed lid, so it was a stool for sitting, he was a real good cook too, and excellent marksman.

  6. Trixie says

    Probably 10 years ago, someone gave my mom a piece of an aloe very plant that had just been plopped into a mop bucket. There was no dirt in the bucket except for what was attached to the roots of the plant. Mama always intended to replant it but never really quite decided on the perfect spot, so it stayed in the bucket. Well, Mama has been gone from us for 2 1/2 years and that bucket is cracked broken and in serious need to be thrown out, but that plant still lives and thrives in the bucket. Seriously, I don’t even think it would hold more than an inch or two of water anymore and there is still no dirt in there but that plant will NOT die. So, if you’re thinking you can’t grow aloe vera, I’m here to tell you that yes you can!

    (P.S. – the bucket sits on the back patio at my Dad’s house near San Antonio, TX. He doesn’t water it, he doesn’t fertilize it, he doesn’t move it so it gets ideal sunlight, NOTHING. It just sits there and thrives)

  7. Kristen says

    What about alternatives to Aloe Vera? I happen to be allergic to it, and it is SO HARD to find products without it nowadays..

    • Jacqui says

      Me too!!
      What are your reactions? I have never met someone else that is allergic to aloe. For me it really dries out my skin, at one point my hands actually cracked and bled because I was using soap for a few weeks that had aloe in it (it was in the dispenser at work, and I hadn’t checked).

      • Teresa says

        My husband and I are both allergic to aloe. And yes Jacqui we have exactly the same reaction, in addition to incredibly bad peeling of the skin (think terrible sunburn). We have a very had time finding products without it, we just recently figured out why we have been having itchy skin despite removing aloe from our house. Did you know the little lubricating strip on all the razors have aloe in them?!?!?! Recently the only baby wipes we had found just dropped their one product that was aloe free so we had to go looking again for an alternative. It’s really irritating having aloe be labeled as hypoallergenic because it’s NOT. Allergies to aloe are much more common than originally believed.

        Oh by the way if you have an aloe allergy you need to avoid onions and green onions they are of the same family. We love onions but ended up with intestinal bleeding from eating them (imagine what aloe does to your skin, doing the same thing to your sensitive GI tract! not fun)

      • Kristen says

        As soons as it hits my skin it starts burning, I get hives, then I get the dried out cracking skin. Real fun on the face I can tell ya lol
        Aloe is the reason Ive become a fan of Jillee..I can make my own stuff, aloe free.

      • nan says

        The Aloe plant that can be purchased at the supermarket or healthstore. Nothing in a bottle. Its large has sap inside. Not a bottled or soap item is what you need.
        My mom broke out from an aloe gel. Its man made. the natural plant probably will not cause allergy. Never ingest a man made item. The sap I take and my mom who had stage 4 lung cancer takes it and swears by it. I give to my child. Its so healthy.

    • Teresa says

      Vitamin E is what we use around the house, mixed well with coconut oil is amazing for healing

  8. Tay says

    I love this post! I also wanted to add that my husband has mild IC (interstitial Cystitis) and he takes aloe gel pill when it acts up or before he is going to drink alcohol that triggers it and it gets rid of all of his symptoms!
    LOVE your blog keep up the great work :)

  9. says

    Love aloe! It helps keep damage from occurring if I eat something I shouldn’t. Also cleans you out! The hard water shampoo I bought by Malibu uses aloe in it. Think you can make a do it yourself version of that?

  10. Judy says

    Vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and now aloe vera? I love the multi-tasking on your web-site. Thanks

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