I've had this one little aloe vera plant for about a year now that I've been watching, watering and admiring from a distance. I've never built up the courage to actually cut off a leaf until yesterday. When I was watering it, I accidentally bent one of the leaves to the point of breakage. This must be life's way of telling me that it's time to start using this magical plant for more than just a decoration.
I was always hesitant because I thought that once I cut it, I had like 60 seconds before it goes "bad". Whatever that meant. But it's time to get down to business. I did a little research and the conclusion was that the gel is BEST when used immediately after scraping from the leaf. So I put the entire leaf in a ziplock bag and put it in the fridge.
Uses? Well, there's a lot. My research and professional opinion has led me to believe that these are the top uses for fresh aloe vera:
1. To help soothe burns, heals wounds and treats muscle aches
Aloe Vera contains an enzyme called bradykinase that is involved in the activity of anti-inflammation. It's a inflammatory killer so to speak. It also increases the the development of collagen and cell proliferation to help treat first + second degree burns and wounds.
How to use?
1. Scrape the gel into ice cubes and freeze. Use the frozen ice cubes over muscles or burns. Or you can blend the gel in a blender before putting in ice cube tray.
2. Or you can put the gel directly on your skin
2. To help with heart burn and digestive disorders
Aloe vera can help soothe the esophageal tract for those who suffer from acid reflux by lining the tract itself. It can also line the intestinal tract to help with leaky gut. Aloe contains enzymes that help further break down food in your intestines and help increase healthy bowel movements.
How to use?
1. Scrape the gel from the leaf and put in a blender and drink it with water, juice or add to your favourite smoothie.
3. To help aesthetically
Aloe vera can be applied to your hair for growth, to help with dandruff and to help add shine to dull, lifeless hair. It contains an enzyme that specifically repairs dead skin cells on your scalp. It also has amazing benefits when added to your skin. It contains enzymes and hormones called Auxin and Gibberellins that help with healing and inflammation. It can be used to treat psoriasis, eczema and acne. It contains vitamin A and C that will also help with dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles.
How to use?
1. Use as a face mask by scraping the gel from the leaf and directly apply it to your face.
2. Combine the gel with other favoured ingredients like honey or vitamin E to make a more rich face mask.
3. Apply directly to scalp and massage.
4. Blend with other favoured hair ingredients and then apply to scalp and massage.
There are probably so many other uses for Aloe Vera, however these are my top and favourite three! So what did I decide to do with my broken leaf? Option 3!
Bianca's Beauty Mask
Fresh Aloe Vera gel from 1 leaf
A few drops of liquid vitamin E
A few drops of rose hip seed oil
1 tsp of Manuka honey
In a small bowl, mix together ingredients to make mask/serum.
In the evening, after washing off the day away, apply mask to face. Leave on for 30 minutes before washing off
I didn't blend it because it was too small of a mixture to blend in a large blender.. So I just used my fingers, and applied to my face. It looked a little
strange and the smell isn't the most pleasant but I went with it...... The morning after .... I woke up and my face feels almost flawless. I'm actually super surprised. You guys gotta try this out and let me know how you feel!!