Uses of Aloe Gel
Aloe gel is one of those multi-purpose ingredients that every homesteader or natural loving mama should have in her arsenal. My mother in law was a wise woman and always had an aloe plant in her kitchen for her self-proclaimed clumsy kitchen burns. That’s my go-to use for aloe gel as well, but truthfully treating burns is only the beginning of what aloe can do. It is particularly great for hydrating and nourishing skin in topical uses, but fresh aloe gel can also be taken internally in small doses as well.
To harvest fresh aloe gel, cut off a leaf, cut it in half, and scoop out the inside with a spoon. You can puree it to make it smooth and ready to use. You can also alternatively, just cut the tip of the leaf and squeeze the leaf and the slimy gel will ooze out. The second method is my quick method when treating kitchen burns. For topical uses like these, just squeeze it out and rub it on the skin. Easy peasy.
If you don’t have a live aloe vera plant and would like one, make sure to check your local greenhouse. They are usually located by the succulent plants.
Or if you don’t have an aloe vera plant to harvest from, you can also purchase natural aloe vera online to have for some of the DIY recipes..
Here are uses of aloe gel that I know of, but this is probably only be scratching the surface.
Uses for Aloe Gel
- Treats kitchen burns
- Use it to make a Burn Salve
- Soothes sunburns (Try freezing the aloe gel in ice cube trays for an even more soothing cooling effect.)
- Reduces itch and swelling of bug bites
- Soothes rashes
- Reduce eye puffiness
- Hydrates and cools skin
- Soothes and repairs rough and dry skin.
- Helps prevent and repair scarring and stretch marks
- May help speed healing of acne
- Hydrates a dry scalp and stimulates hair growth
- A gentle and natural makeup remover
- Relieves constipation. (Dilute and drink or put a small amount in a smoothie.)
- Soothes digestive trouble.
- To make homemade shaving cream
- Homemade Baby Wipes
Doesn’t this make you want an aloe plant? I told you it was multi-purpose! It’s like vinegar or baking soda in the cleaning world. So many uses!
Want even more uses for everyday items? Make sure to check out the Uses For page so nothing goes to waste!
How do you use aloe gel?