Most of us are familiar with Aloe Vera's use as a burn ointment, but this handy little houseplant has a number of other fantastic uses for aloe vera as well. It's uses range from medicinal to cosmetic – it's also wonderful for skin and hair!
Aloe has been used traditionally as a burn ointment, wound salve, cosmetic treatment, and oral laxative. It's super easy to grow in a container indoors for easy access – I think it makes a perfect housewarming or wedding present. I don't think I've ever actually had my own plant but from what I understand it's pretty hard to kill. It's a succulent that grows very slowly, ideally in low-light areas. Like other succulents, it needs very little water. If you can get your hands on a mature plant – that's great! But the smaller ones are still potent enough to be useful.
If you have a mature plant, you can even give the gift of aloe vera's healing properties by cutting off shoots and re-potting them – a whole new plant will grow!
You can also buy pure aloe vera gel… but that's not as much fun. 🙂
16 uses for aloe vera
- Condition and soften hair.
- Moisturize skin.
- Soothe sunburn.
- Tame frizz.
- Protect cuticles.
- Use as a foundation primer.
- Chop a section and use as a body or facial scrub.
- Treat minor burns.
- Lighten bruises quickly.
- Soothe insect bites.
- Heal wounds.
- Soothe diaper rash.
- Mix gel with sugar to make a scrub.
- Massage into scalp to reduce dandruff.
- Drink a weak aloe tea to uh, get things moving…
- Rub on gums to soothe irritation.