Thinking about introducing a new houseplant to your abode? The Aloe Vera succulent offers a wealth of benefits since it gives and gives, then gives some more!
Here is a large list of notes for first aid and home remedies to benefit from, find more information here for growing your own and some tips for working with it.
Before applying any treatment, test to see if you have an allergy to it…results experienced may be opposite to what you were hoping for.
Here’s how to quickly find out:
- Dab a small amount on the inside of arm or behind ears. If a rash appears or a stinging sensation is experienced within a few minutes, do not use for first aid.
Tending To A Wound
- Clean gash thoroughly
- Smear pulp in the wound
- Wrap tightly with a bandage
- Keep bandage soaked in the plant’s juice
The injury should quickly mend with little or no scarring, bandages will remove easily. There is also a much reduced risk of infection.
For minor scar removal, keep slathering gel morning and night (daily). This might take several months to see significant results (around six or so).
For painful scrapes and abrasions, gently slide a split leaf over the area and reapply several times during the next 24 hours.
Burns & Sunburns
- Good for soothing, simply smear gel topically to area. See also Sunburn Relief Home Remedies. Especially handy in the house for kitchen traumas!
- Three times daily consume 1 to 2 TBS of juice/gel. This will act like a general tonic and mild regulator of the bowels.
Sap Extraction For Bowel Regulation
The sap is a yellow bitter fluid that flows between the skin and the pulp acts as a laxative.
- Place green peelings of a leaf in a jar of water and refrigerate. The more in the vessel, the stronger the tonic will be.
- Take a few sips once or twice a week to help regulate bowels. Top up the container with fresh pieces as needed.
Scalp & Hair
This succulent’s liquid adds lustre, richness and manageability to hair as well as alleviate some scalp abrasions and diseases:
- Before bedtime wet hair thoroughly with juice and allow to dry. Rinse thoroughly in the morning (might suds up a tad).
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak & Allergies
May be beneficial as a pain inhibitor and effectively reduces itchiness, also enhances healing of rashes and sores:
- For relief apply liquid directly to area that is irritated.
Pregnancy Stretch Marks
- Smear topically on skin while pregnant, after birth keep applying to encourage healing.
Insect Bites, Jellyfish Stings, Etc.
- As soon as the sting occurs, split open a leaf and slather it directly to the affected area.
- Dice up leaves and place pieces in a jar of water, refrigerate. Drink 4 Tablespoons per day and top up water in the jar as consumed. The drink can be bitter but it does go away over time. Some may find it works right away, many don’t experience positive results until a couple months later. Make a fresh jar of leaves as needed.
- For aching joints and muscles, deeply rub in Aloe Vera, comfort should be experienced within a few minutes and can be repeated as necessary.
- Dab gel to the spots twice a day, will be reduced or completely gone after several months of treatment.
- Give face a good cleansing morning and night. Smear topically from the leaf. Can also dab on pimples and other sores.
- For getting rid of old acne scars, slather on a little morning and night until the marks are gone. This might take several months. If skin is dry, combine with a moisturizing cream.
- Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor.
Did You Know
- After removing a piece to treat a burn or cut, it can be refrigerated and will keep for 2 to 3 weeks.
- It’s an astringent and may cause skin to dry. Baby oil or other lubricant along with the aloe can be applied to help prevent dryness.
- What leaf is best to use in first aid? The lowest leaves (closest to the ground) should be selected. These are older and larger so they have more liquid and greater potency.
Caution For Diabetics:
Drinking the juice might enable the pancreas to increase production of its own insulin. Before taking internally, diabetics should have their physician monitor their need for extra insulin since too much is dangerous.
Source – Much of this information is found in the booklet:
The Ancient Egyptian Medicine Plant Aloe Vera Hand Book
Author: Max B. Skousen
Note: Please remember this is not professional medical advice, use due diligence and speak to your doctor before implementing any of these home remedies.