Aloe Vera - My Beauty Secret
My Beauty Secret
That has been my well kept secret for years now.
I have personally used Aloe Vera every single day, twice, for 2-3 years now. It is planted in pots all over my house. There are 10 large plants in 8 large pots and another 40 smaller plants in various containers. And growing every day. Whenever there are little ‘baby aloe’ growing, I will usually transplant it into another container.
This is some useful tips on how to grow and maintain your Aloe Vera plants:
- It can be grown on the ground or containers. I have done both successfully.
- If you have a plant in container, especially if it is indoor, do not over-water. It will rot and die. Water it every 3-4 days once.
- Since your Aloe Vera plant is to be consumed, do put some fertilizer on it to encourage growth. It does not wilt without fertilizer but it will not grow as fast and large as it could.
- Try to transplant the ‘baby aloe’ to another spot or container when it grows beside the mother plant. Having too many of the small little ‘baby aloe’ will stunt the growth of the larger plant.
- Try not to allow the soil to touch the Aloe leaves because it will cause it to rot.
- The growth process takes some time. If you use the plant everyday, like me, make sure you plant as many ‘baby aloe’ as possible, rather than throwing it away. Some times, there are just too many!
What can you do with the Aloe Vera gel? I am sharing my personal experience on how I have used the Aloe Vera gel effectively for my family and I:
- Face Moisturizer – I used to have very oily skin. In fact immediately after application of face foundation, I usually have a layer of oil. Since I started using Aloe vera as a face moisturizer, I have noticed significant difference in my T-zone. There are less black heads and I don’t have to dab oil off my face every hour. I apply it straight from the leave, fresh. Its not washed off till I have to shower or wash away my make-up. Then, I re-apply it.
- Hair tonic – I apply on my hair and its kept there till my next wash. Which is daily. The Aloe Vera has stopped oil secretion from my scalp and my hair does not look as limp and oily as it used to.
- Anti-wrinkle and scar cream – I apply the fresh Aloe Vera on my hands front and back of my neck whenever I apply it to my face and hair. In fact, the other day, I had a scar caused by a few small splashes of hot oil while cooking. Even though it was not visible to others, I was totally devastated because it was dark brown spots. Like freckles. I began applying Aloe Vera on the spot and it disappeared after less than 1 month. I am so happy!
- Apply on wounds – After ticks are taken from the dog, some Aloe Vera is applied for the anti-bacterial effect. There were times when it was not applied, the wound became infected. After application with Aloe Vera, the large wounds dries and heals in a matter of days.
- Burn - My younger son was seriously scalded by hot water and when Aloe Vera was applied, the wound healed so much faster than it would have been if I applied the cream given by the Doctor. In fact, the cream given by the Doctor only made the wound worst.
- Pimples – My Teenage Son is going through puberty. By applying Aloe Vera on his face, the small little pimples just dries up and his skin is much better.
How do I use the Aloe Vera leave?
I cut a leave of the Aloe Vera and keep it in the bathroom. Whenever I require it, I just cut a small piece and de-skin one side and apply the gel on. I find that it is much easier than pre-storing in the fridge. It also ease application.