Aloe Vera! When living naturally you find that there are certain things that are highly beneficial to have on hand, a live aloe vera plant is definitely one of those things. The gel inside the plant is one of the greatest natural healers for skin ailments of all kinds. He is not a new guy on the block by any means, its healing powers have been known and used for thousands of years.
The gel like substance can be used internally (haven’t ever tried recipes there but have been really wanting to!) or topically on the skin. You can even mix with other ingredients to create your own anti-aging/anti-inflammatory beauty and skin care products. It is great for relieving sunburns, irritated skin, healing wounds and countless others.
The plant is surprisingly easy to take care of! Even if you don’t have that green of a thumb, do not be afraid! I once (who is pretty notorious for having a brown thumb) kept one of these guys alive for THREE YEARS, and the only reason he died is because I forgot to bring him back inside during an early winter storm. Whoops! You can usually find them at your farmers market or health food store. I recently picked this little guy up at my local Whole Foods. They don’t require a lot of maintenance and when you need some all you have to do is snip some off the top and he will continue to grow.
You may be surprised to know that aloe vera is full of vitamins like vitamin B12, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E and Vitamin C . Hence why its perfect for the skin!
I’ve personally experienced its miraculous healing powers (I keep saying powers which sounds freaky but quite frankly this is God’s creation at its finest) on burns. I am pretty clumsy in the kitchen and sadly burn myself quire often. When I experience a painful burn, aloe vera is the FIRST thing I reach for. The healing that comes after is nothing short of AMAZING.
For burns: (from my personal experience)
Cut an inch or so off the top of the aloe vera plant, with the open piece of aloe apply the wet gel directly onto the skin. Repeat several times per day until the pain has subsided. It is helpful to pull back the top outside layer to reveal more gel. Cut a new piece if it dries out. Continue to apply as needed for the next few days until the burn has healed.
Side note: I will be trying a mixture of castor oil and aloe vera gel (fresh) to help promote eyebrow growth, but we will see how that goes! We would love to hear your experiences with this beautiful plant!