You might have heard of Aloe Vera as being a wonderful treatment for burns such as sunburn, and as a moisturiser. You can even drink the juice from the gel of the aloe plant. Oh, we have so much more to tell you.
Did you know that aloe has been used therapeutically for more than four millennia? it is one of mankind's oldest and most widely used medicinal plants. Drawings of Aloe Vera dating back to what is believed to be 4000BC have been found on temple walls in Pharaohs' tombs, the Egyptians named it 'the plant of immortality'. Native Americans called it 'the burn plant', 'the mystery plant' and 'the medicine plant'.
When presented as a gel, is wonderfully soothing to the skin and has many applications. It goes way beyond a 'Nanna remedy' or 'old wives tale'. Unfortunately, modern science, the multi-billion dollar cosmetics industry and countless glitzy marketing campaigns have tried, and wildly succeeded in peddling the belief that we need chemicals to cure what ails us.
Lotions and potions are cooked up in sterile labs by men and women in white coats labouring over Bunsen burners creating witches' brews of parabens and myriad other ingredients that have names no one can spell without consulting an expert. What's wrong with good old Nature?
NOTHING! Nature has presented us with pure goodness in Aloe Vera and one only has to snap open one of its succulent leaves to extract the healing benefits of its slippery juices. Thankfully, wise creators turn those juices into a beautiful user-friendly gel that can be packaged into convenient jars. You truly do not have to fall for the marketing hype of the health and beauty industry that tries to sell you $85 jars of goop that has no business being rubbed into your skin.
1. Burns are alleviated with Aloe Vera gel, which makes it very handy to keep in the kitchen for cooking mishaps. In the bathroom, hair straightening irons can be hazardous too!
2. Sunburn responds very well to a liberal application of Aloe Vera gel and helps to prevent skin peeling as it moisturises, cools and soothes.
3. As a moisturiser, Aloe Vera gel is particularly good for those who have oily skin as it is non-greasy. For men, using it as an after shave gel calms the skin and helps ease the pain of small shaving cuts.
4. For stretch marks, Aloe Vera gel helps to heal the damage caused to skin tissue when it has been stretched too far, and helps to relieve the itch of new stretch marks too.
5. Loaded with antioxidants, Aloe Vera gel is an excellent weapon against skin aging.
6. Apply to insect bites to relieve the itch and pain.
7. Ease the itch of psoriasis and eczema with regular application of Aloe Vera gel.
8. Many people claim that applying Aloe Vera gel to the hair and nail cuticles helps speed up growth.
9. Applying Aloe Vera gel after washing your skin lessens the discomfort and appearance of acne.
10. Apply as lip balm for chapped, dry, flaky lips to relieve pain and restore to normal condition. Use as often as required.
One of the loveliest things about Aloe Vera gel is that it is totally safe and suitable for all skin types and all ages, from infants through to the elderly. Why not go through your medicine cabinet and beauty drawers and see what you can replace with beautiful, healthy, natural, effective Aloe Vera gel?