Hit the refresh button with aloe vera to start your week feeling rejuvenated. Aloe Vera is an age-old remedy with a long history of popular and traditional use. From the Egyptians to Mediterranean civilisations, every culture has ties with this plant. It is the oldest known plant to be used in herbal medicine and is currently one of the largest botanical industries worldwide.
Aloe Vera has an endless amount of uses and is fully utilised in the cosmetic, food, toilet and pharmaceutical industries. The juicy aloe vera plant is full of a rich list of vitamins and minerals such as; vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, copper, iron, potassium and phosphorous. It contains 8 essential and 12 non-essential amino acids which play a role in every system throughout your body.
How to Extract Aloe Vera Gel
- Using a clean knife; cut a section of the leaf you would like to use and remove the spiked edges
- Hold the leaf flat side down; using the knife peel the round side close to the skin
- Flip the leaf over (flat side down) and slice along the skin (under the gel)
- Your fresh Aloe Vera gel.
Hint: To make your Aloe Gel last longer, wrap it in cling film and refrigerate
What can aloe vera do for you?
It is full of nourishing anti-ageing qualities so you can get that flawless skin you always dreamed of. If you have oily skin, aloe vera is the perfect moisturiser as it nourishes your skin without making it greasy.
For acne prone skin mix one tablespoon of aloe vera gel with 2 to 3 drops of fresh lemon. After cleansing your face, apply a small amount onto your acne and scars.
Remove dead skin cells and reveal fresh new cells below with an aloe vera scrub for your face and body. To make the scrub mix half a cup of aloe gel, a cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. This will exfoliate and deep clean your skin.
Studies have shown that aloe vera can boost your metabolism, increasing the number of calories you burn in a day. It is rich in anti-oxidants to boost your immunity and high in protein which aids muscle development. Aloe vera can be quite bitter so you can dice it into small pieces and blend with any fruits or vegetables of your choice. Feel free to add honey or lemon for some extra sweetness to your drink.
You are one step away from having long silky locks of hair. Aloe vera consists of proteolytic enzymes which repair dead skin cells. Mix equal parts aloe vera and extra virgin coconut oil and leave for a few hours or overnight for smooth, shiny and bouncy hair. Applying Aloe Vera once a week can prevent itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and promotes healthy hair growth.
Did you know people are 38% more likely to view you as smarter and 57% more likely to view you as more attractive if you have healthy teeth? Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which is why people use it to treat and relieve inflammation related to gum disease and other oral issues. Some of the many oral benefits of aloe vera include; healing mouth ulcers, relieving receding gums and whitening your teeth.
Here’s how: press your toothbrush into the end cut of the leaf. This will leave your toothbrush covered in the sticky yellow substance from the aloe vera and then just brush your teeth as normal.
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