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Household Tips – Unusual Uses for Aloe Vera

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Growing up in Southern California we seemed to have always had an Aloe Vera plant in our yard. Whenever we would get cut or burned, mom would break off a piece and rub the cool gel on our boo-boo’s. Not until recently did I discover that Aloe Vera can do so much more than just healing cuts and burns. There is a huge list of frugal living tips that this easy to grow succulent can remedy.

Growing Aloe Vera is really easy, even if you live where it’s cold or you don’t have a green thumb. It’s true Aloe doesn’t like cold weather, but it you keep it in a pot you can move it indoors for the winter months, they do really well as a house plant. They also like the sun, but they don’t really like direct sunlight, so this is another reason that they do so well indoors. Now if you are one of those people who periodically forgets to water your plants you won’t have to worry with Aloe because it’s a succulent/cacti and doesn’t require a lot of watering, especially during the winter months.

When you check out all of the beneficial uses that we came up with for aloe vera I know that you’re going to want to run out and get one, but unfortunately they are a little difficult to find this time of year, especially if you live in a cold weather area. However, I found that you can purchase Aloe Vera, at a really reasonable price, on Amazon. I just ordered three more because I use it so often, especially in my Aloe Vera juice.

Health
Always consult a doctor before using Aloe Vera as a treatment.

  1. Arthritis – to relieve symptoms, take a shot of Aloe Vera
    juice (recipe below).
  2. Asthma – to ease breathing, boil Aloe Vera leaves in water
    and inhale the vapors.
  3. Athlete’s Foot – to heal, scrub feet with a mixture made
    from 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel, ¼ cup corn meal, ¼ cup oatmeal and a ¼ cup oliveoil.
  4. Bleeding – to reduce, apply gel to minor wounds.
  5. Blisters – to relieve, apply gel to the affected area.
  6. Bloating – to relieve, take a shot of Aloe Vera juice
    (recipe below).
  7. Burns – to heal, apply a mixture, using equal parts Aloe
    Vera gel and Vitamin E oil to the burn.
  8. Burns – to coo, apply gel to any minor burns.
  9. Bruises – to heal, apply gel to the affected area.
  10. Canker Sores – to heal, apply gel to the affected area.
  11. Cholesterol – to reduce, drink Aloe Vera juice (recipe below).
  12. Congestion – to relieve, drink a glass of Aloe Vera juice
    (recipe below).
  13. Constipation – to relieve, drink a glass of Aloe Vera juice
    (recipe below).
  14. Cramps – to relieve, take a spoonful of Aloe Vera gel with a
    pinch of black pepper three times a day.
  15. Cuts and Scrapes – to prevent infections, apply gel before
    bandaging.
  16. Diabetes – to lower sugar level, drink a glass of Aloe Vera
    juice (recipe below).
  17. Diaper Rash – to heal, rub the gel on their little bottoms.
  18. Diarrhea – to treat, drink Aloe Vera Juice (recipe below).
  19. Earaches – to relieve, apply a few drops of Aloe Vera gel
    into the ear.
  20. Energy – to boost, drink Aloe Vera juice (recipe below).
  21. Frostbite – to reduce damage, apply gel to the affected
    area.
  22. Heartburn – to relieve, take a shot of Aloe Vera juice
    (recipe below).
  23. Hemorrhoids – to relieve, drink Aloe Vera juice daily
    (recipe below).
  24. Immune System – to boost, drink Aloe Vera juice (recipe below).
  25. Indigestion – to relieve, drink a glass of Aloe Vera juice
    (recipe below).
  26. Inflammation – to reduce, apply gel to the affected area.
  27. Insect Bites – to relieve itching, apply gel to the affected
    area.
  28. Poison Ivy – to treat, apply gel to the affected area.
  29. Rash – to relieve, apply gel to the affected area.
  30. Sunburns – to cool, apply gel to the affected area.
  31. Urinary Tract Infections – to relieve, drink Aloe Vera juice
    (recipe below).
  32. Vaginal Itching – to control, apply gel to the affected area.
  33. Warts – to minimize, apply gel to the affected area.
  34. Yeast Infections – to heal, drink 4-6 ounces of gel daily until gone.

Beauty

  1. Acne – to treat, apply gel to the affected area.
  2. Blackheads – to treat, apply gel to the affected area.
  3. Dandruff – to treat, apply a mixture of ¼ cup Aloe Vera, ¼
    cup milk and ¼ cup olive oil to your hair. Massage the mixture into your scalp
    and allow it to remain on hair for 20 minutes before shampooing.
  4. Dry Skin – to moisturize, apply gel to the skin.
  5. Eyes – to reduce puffiness, apply gel under your eyes.
  6. Eye Makeup – to remove, apply gel and remove with a cotton
    ball.
  7. Feet – to soften, scrub feet with a mixture made from 2
    tablespoons Aloe Vera, ¼ cup corn meal, ¼ cup oatmeal and a ¼ cup olive oil.
  8. Finger Nails – to strengthen, massage your nails with gel
    every day for a few weeks.
  9. Freckles – to lighten, massage the area with the gel twice a
    day.
  10. Hair – to add shine, use gel as a conditioner.
  11. Hair – to control frizz, use gel as a conditioner.
  12. Hair – to moisturize, use the gel in place of your conditioner.
  13. Hair – to promote growth, massage gel onto the scalp and
    allow it to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing.
  14. Mouthwash – to make your own, combine 4 tablespoons Aloe
    Vera gel, 3 teaspoons baking soda, 2 tablespoons water and 1 teaspoon lemon
    juice. Swish and spit.
  15. Pores – to reduce size, apply a mask that has been made by
    blending 1 small, peeled cucumber, 4 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel and 4
    tablespoons of water. Leave the mask on overnight and rinse in the morning.
  16. Primer – for makeup, apply gel to face before applying your
    makeup.
  17. Razor Burn – to soothe, apply gel to the affected area.
  18. Shaving – for a smoother shave, use Aloe Vera gel, it will
    also act as a moisturizer.
  19. Skin – to brighten, apply gel to your skin.
  20. Skin – to exfoliate, scrub your skin with a mixture made
    with 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
    Rinse.
  21. Skin – to moisturize, apply to your skin before applying
    makeup and before bed.
  22. Skin – to reduce dark spots, apply the gel to the affected
    area.
  23. Skin – to reverse the signs of aging, apply gel to your skin
    daily.
  24. Skin – to smooth, scrub your skin with a mixture made with ¼
    cup Aloe Vera, , ¼ cup olive oil, ½ cup salt and 1 tablespoon honey.
  25. Stretch Marks – to prevent, apply gel daily.
  26. Teeth – to clean and strengthen, brush with the gel.
  27. Whiteheads – to treat, apply gel to the affected area.
  28. Wounds – to prevent scarring, apply gel to the area daily
    until it heals.
  29. Wrinkles – to reduce appearance, apply gel to the area.

Miscellaneous

  1. Dogs – to clean their ears, apply the gel to the ear and
    wipe away the excess. You can safely do this every week.
  2. Hand Sanitizer – to make your own, combine 1 part Aloe
    Vera gel and 3 parts witch hazel.
  3. Hand Sanitizer – to make your own, combine 1 part Aloe Vera gel and 3 parts rubbing alcohol.

Did you know that Aloe Vera could be ingested? I found this out about 6 years ago when I stumbled on an Aloe Vera juice at a local Mexican meat market in Southern California. It intrigued me with the little bits of aloe gel floating in a citrus juice, I just had to try it and it was delicious. It was so good that it made it to the top of my list of favorite drinks. Since leaving California I have not been able to find Aloe Juice so I’ve had to concoct my own version and I’m pretty pleased with how good it is, you should give it a try not only for how tasty it is but for the healing properties as well.

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