The benefits of aloe vera oil, and how to make this yourself at home.
1. Aloe Vera is a well-known medicinal plant which grows in warm climates around the world. This was famously used by the Ancient Egyptians for healing and was known as “the plant of immortality”
2. This plant is still used today as natural medicine, especially when it comes to healing the skin, detoxifying the body and treating hair loss.
3. Aloe Vera Oil is an excellent remedy which is made by infusing the herbal properties of aloe vera into coconut oil. This is then applied to different areas of the body to reduce rashes, burns, fungal infections, body odour and eczema.
4. Let’s take a look at the recipe of aloe vera oil
You Will Need 250ml Fresh Aloe Vera Leaves, (Blended) 250ml Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 2-3 Drops of Fragrance Essential Oil (of your choice)
Method to make aloe vera oil at home: Slice the aloe vera leaves into chunks and blend to a fine paste. Do not remove the green part of the leaf for this recipe, as it contains extra nutrients.
Add this to a pan and mix in the coconut oil. You can also add a few drops of your favourite fragrance oils if you wish. Heat the mixture and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir regularly with a wooden spoon. Allow this to cool and then strain to remove the fibres. This can be stored in an airtight container for 8-10 months.
5. Aloe is a powerful skincare agent and is more powerful when combined with coconut oil. Aloe Vera Oil is commonly used as a massage oil for reducing inflammation and pain within the muscles and joints.
6. It is also used in aromatherapy by mixing with other carrier oils. These are used in oil burners to add a calming and healing influence to the room.
7. You may dip your toothbrush into the aloe vera oil and brush the teeth regularly. This is very powerful at healing the gums and destroying bacteria in the mouth. It can whiten the teeth and reduce gingivitis.
8. Aloe Vera oil is also used to treat insect bites and stings. Simply massage the oil into the affected area to reduce swelling, pain, itchiness and inflammation.
9. You can massage this into the scalp before washing your hair, as it conditions and moisturises the scalp and follicles. This is well known for speeding up hair growth, as nutrients are absorbed into the skin.
10. Aloe Vera Oil contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, and C. It also contains a great range of minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, sodium, calcium and potassium.
11. If you wish to enjoy some of these nutrients internally then consider streaming our video on Aloe Vera juice. This can be made easily at home using the gel from within the leaves mixed with water in the right amounts.
12. Aloe Vera oil also contains 20 amino acids which are essential to the health functions within the body.
13. If you experience a sunburn, gently massage aloe vera oil into the problem area. This will quickly soothe the pain and promote fast healing of the skin cells.
14. Those with psoriasis, eczema, rashes, shingles, or herpes can also apply this for fast healing results.
15. One animal study showed that aloe vera oil can reduce the risk of skin cancer, by slowing down the progression of the diseases.
16. The oil stimulates blood flow and healing to scar tissue. Simply exfoliate scars or stretch marks before applying the oil. Over time healthy new skin cells will emerge.