Aloe vera is a plant that goes by many names: medicinal aloe, true aloe, Chinese aloe, Indian aloe, Barbados aloe, burn aloe. They all refer to the same plant, though – the spiky-leaf, green, succulent plant with serrated edges and incredible moisturizing, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal superpowers.
Keep an aloe plant on hand for all sorts of minor irritations, scrapes, burns, and beauty issues.
To access the healing goo inside, split the leaves lengthwise and scrap it out, or rub the inside of the plant’s leaves directly onto your skin.
Here are 20 amazing things you can do with aloe vera!
- Soothe sunburn! Pure aloe feels cool and comforting against fried skin.
- Rub a bit on minor itches like mosquito bites.
- Mix one part aloe and one part water in a spray bottle to use as a facial mist or general skin-soother when you’re hot and sticky from the sun…
- …or spray onto your hair to moisturize and refresh your ‘do.
- Suffering from seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis? Aloe applications may help – give it a try!
- Instead of shaving cream (full of nasty chemicals), use aloe gel on your skin before reaching for the razor…
- …and if you’re suffering from razorburn, apply aloe after shaving, too.
- Use it to tame frizzy hair before styling. Think of it as a 100% natural smoothing serum (it’s the smoothing ingredient in conditioners and defrizzers that don’t use silicone!)
- Looking for an oil-free moisturizer for sensitive or acne-prone skin? You can use straight aloe on your face instead of schlepping to the drugstore.
- Put it on bruises…
- …canker sores…
- …Athlete’s foot…
- …and pimples! Dab a little aloe on your acne and leave it on overnight.
- Make a tightening facial mask by mixing aloe gel with a few spoonfuls of oats and something moisturizing (honey, your favorite oil, or a few drops of essential oils, for example.) Leave on for 15-20 minutes.
- Exfoliate by mixing a few teaspoons of sugar with the juice of half a lemon. Scrap in the insides of one aloe leaf. Rub over your face in gentle circular motions and rinse.
- Drink aloe juice (available in most grocery stores) to help with indigestion, constipation, and mild gastrointestinal complaints.
- Splash some aloe juice into your green smoothie and enjoy the benefits.
- Put on a cowboy hat, mix yourself a Southwestern-style cocktail, and toast to the amazing powers of this succulent little plant!