Aloe Nature's First Aid


It’s been a month now and we’re just about settled in our new place.   It’s spacious, with lots of windows that provide plenty of natural light during the day. I’m excited because space, windows and natural light to me equals indoor plants, flowers and herb gardens. I believe one of the many staples in every indoor garden should be an aloe plant. This one was the first purchase for my new indoor garden. Aloe is nature’s first aid and there’s plenty of beauty uses for this succulent too. Here's my top 4 uses.

  1. Make-up remover: Aloe mixed with jojoba oil is great for removing stubborn eye make up. Soak a cotton pad with the mixture and gently press it over your eyes. Keep it there a few seconds while it works to break down the make up and swipe away from your eye towards your ear. Repeat this until all the make up is completely off.

 

  1. Shaving: Aloe vera works great for shaving. It’s slippery and it’s antibacterial which is wonderful for nicks and it moisturize. You can use it on its own or mix it with almond or coconut oil.

 

  1. Sunburn/Insect Bites: Fill an ice tray with aloe vera gel and place in the refrigerator. Once frozen pop the cubes out and place in a labeled zip lock bag. Use for sunburns, poison ivy, insect bites, cuts and burns.

 

  1. Moisturizer: Aloe contains antioxidants in the form of vitamins A, C, E and enzymes that can help calm inflammations and irritations. It’s an effective humectant, increasing water retention in the skin.

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