Some Aloe Vera Uses
By Pamela Glynn
There are some Aloe Vera uses that are more or less
self-evident, such as in skincare – perhaps especially in the
sense of applying it to burns. Not for nothing has Aloe Vera
long been known as the Burns Plant!
My aim here is to focus on a few more unusual uses and to
demonstrate in this way Aloe’s immense versatility. I shall be
referring throughout to Aloe Barbadensis Miller – the only
For while there are over 200 Aloe species, probably just four
or five have medicinal properties and of these the Barbadensis
Miller is the most potent and it alone is entitled to be known
as Aloe Vera.
I’ve been learning about the power of this plant gradually over
the last ten or so years – ever since my dog was given an Aloe
drink to help his arthritic limbs. When the drink (much to my
surprise) did help him – quite considerably – after first
putting the improvement down to coincidence, I began my
Since then I’ve witnessed its effectiveness in soap, where it
moisturizes as well as cleanses, in bath gelee that leaves my
skin feeling like silk and in a toothgel for which I’ve found
more uses than I plan to mention!
I’ll just say that the one I use (blended with bee propolis)
nourishes, strengthens and protects my teeth and gums while also
fighting plaque and whitening without bleaching agents – and if
I ingest it when I feel a sore throat coming on the soreness
never seems to develop as it did before I found this ‘remedy’!
Of course I’m not referring to all Aloe toothgels – just to the
one in my bathroom.
I also use an Aloe deodorant that’s free of the zirconium and
aluminium salts commonly found in deodorants and
anti-perspirants. So I know that I’m protecting myself from the
risks of Alzheimer’s and breast cancer often associated with
What else? Plenty! How about an Aloe Lip Balm that’s handy too
as a first aid stick? Just the right size to carry in your
pocket or handbag, as well as moisturizing and conditioning lips
it’s great for burns, bites and stings and for calming irritated
Then there’s the option of washing your hair with an
Aloe-Jojoba Shampoo that’s suitable for all hair types, Aloe
being an adaptogen. It also keeps the scalp healthy and helps
control irritation – as does an Aloe-Jojoba Conditioning Rinse.
This carries through to an Aloe Styling Gel plus a spray that
replenishes lost moisture and protects your hair whilst styling
It’s important to check with any products you buy that the Aloe
Vera content is high and that the Aloe has been stabilized (a
process ensuring that it is essentially identical to the inner
leaf gel when it leaves the plant).
The ‘right’ Aloe makes a great moisturizer for face, hands and
body and – especially when blended with bee propolis, chamomile
and comfrey – is useful for people prone to eczema and
Well, I’ve certainly supplied you with some Aloe Vera uses,
haven’t I? And I haven’t quite finished yet, not having
mentioned the blissful relief I get from everyday stress and
strains with Aloe heat lotion.
And one of my favorite products is an Aloe Vera gelly that’s
essentially identical to the Aloe Vera’s inner leaf and that
lubricates sensitive tissue safely. This gelly is absorbed
quickly, calms irritated skin and helps reduce scar formation. I
wouldn’t be without a tube in my first aid cabinet!
I could continue more or less indefinitely, but will curb
myself and just say that I love my gentle Aloe Scrub, my SPF 30
Aloe Sunscreen, my Aloe Body Toner and Aloe Body Conditioning
Does all of the above suggest that I’m an Aloe Addict? If it
does, I make no apology. Using Aloe Vera products makes perfect
sense to me! Do check some Aloe Vera uses for yourself and see
what I mean.
About the Author: Pamela Glynn is the owner of
http://www.my-aloe-vera.com, a website offering you a wealth of
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