An aloe vera plant can be one of the best things you keep in your home to harness its healing powers. Keep a few potted aloe plants handy and let the healing begin. Read on for four ways to use this ancient healer of a plant around your home.
1. For the skin
Aloe is almost 99% water so it’s no wonder that it’s an all-natural way to treat, moisturize, and hydrate the skin. From acne to anti-aging, aloe has anti-inflammatory properties along with vitamins C and E which helps soothe and moisturize.
2. As an antibacterial
Aloe’s natural, active ingredients such as salicylic acid, sulphur, and phenol all prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms. These help eliminate external infections and fight against bacteria, making it ideal for burns, cuts, and bruises. Here’s a helpful tip: Harvest the gel from the plant, and freeze in ice cube trays to soothe injuries.
3. As a shaving cream
Save your skin (and some money!) with an all-natural, homemade shaving cream. Why do we love it for shaving? It’s antibacterial which is great for any nicks, slippery which makes for a close shave, and it moisturizes too. Use on its own, or mix with other ingredients for a richer product.
4. As a hand-sanitizer
This easy-to-make hand-sanitizer combines the antibacterial properties found in aloe, along with the moisturizing benefits for a better-than-store-bought version. It’s easy to make too…just combine one part aloe vera gel with 3 parts witch hazel.