As an avid user of aloe gel whenever I get sunburnt, I've always been fond of its healing properties. It has only been recently though, that I've discovered how many benefits it holds! It started as being this mysterious decorative cactus-like plant by my window. It was incredibly loyal to me, probably due to the fact I rarely remembered to water her. Aloe thrives in heat and dry soil.

Using aloe for skincare

When an aloe leaf is broken off the rest of the plant, you can see a clear gel in the middle. That gel can be applied topically to heal sunburns, wounds, rashes, and heal skin in general. You can use it to replenish dry skin, get rid of dandruff, treat acne and prevent skin inflammation … It also does wonders for anti-aging since it's full of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and more! Once you scrape the gel off the leaves, you can store it in a fridge for up to 10 days, and reuse it anytime your skin needs it.

Using aloe in the kitchen

Alongside vitamin C, E, and betacarotene, aloe gel is also rich in folic acid, magnesium, manganese, digestive enzymes, potassium, selenium, zinc, many antioxidants, and other wonderful nutrients. It supports healthy microbiota, aids digestion, and immune system well-being.

Aloe gel works great in green juices as well as smoothies. Add it to lemonade with some ice, In swear it will turn out to be your new favorite drink! Aloe vera can also be cooked, stir-fried, steamed or poached. You can also use it raw in salads (don't exaggerate though) or in salad dressings, to add some incredible texture and health benefits.

Other ways to use aloe

Use it as a homemade shower gel or soap. Replace water in DIY zero waste cleaning product recipes with the gel, and you are all set! It's known to be great for oral care. If you have troubled gums, rub in some gel gently. You can also wash your teeth with aloe juice, use it as hair gel, or face serum.

How to get aloe gel

Simply cut off a thicker leaf, wash it ad dry it off with a cloth. Remove the thorns and slit the leaf open on one side. Scoop the gel out with a spoon. Only keep the pure transparent gel and get rid of any yellow/green gel. Store it in a fridge for up to 10 days. 

Written by Masha