Did you know there’s a plant that easy to grow and is beneficial for skin and hair – for practically pennies. Plant one and, in a few years, you’ll have a whole patch, more than what to do with.
For thousands of years, this common, easy to grow beauty treatment has been used by women for various health and beauty treatments.
The ancient Egyptians called Aloe Vera as the ‘plant of immortality’ and used it in many skin remedies because of its healing properties.
Besides soothing burns, fresh aloe makes a great skin mask. Especially during the summer months, it soothes, cools and hydrates skin (or hair).
Aloe is nourishing and it’s easy to grow your own beauty treatment at home. Besides being a great natural moisturizer, aloe vera keeps the skin well hydrated and enhances its elasticity. It can easily penetrate into the skin when applied topically and it also helps restore the pH balance of the skin. Plus, aloe vera is a non greasy moisturizer, making it a good option for those who have oily skin.
Aloe Vera gel has anti-microbial properties making it ideal to treat acne and pimples. It also helps retain your skin’s firmness – making it a good anti-aging cream.
Not only does aloe vera help with healthy and glowing skin, but it also works wonders when applied to hair. Hydrate and condition your locks and relieve dandruff and itchy scalp.
There are different ways to make up masks and other nourishing ingredients too (coconut oil, lemon juice). But I like to “keep in simple.” No processing, straining or bottling – just the fresh leaves.
Harvest the succulent leaves from the middle of the plant by cutting them at angle from the base of the aloe vera plant.
Slice the thorny edges on both sides of the leaves.
Peel off the top green layer of the leaves and cut up the transparent gel in the form of cubes.
Take this translucent aloe “cube” and spread over face, neck and problematic skin areas. You can also run these cubes into scalp and down your hair or directly on hair ends.
Leave it on for about 20 minutes or until it dries. Wash your face with water.
If you have extra, it’s good to keep the extracted gel in a container inside the fridge.
Or you can scoop out the gel with a spoon and blend it in blender. Add lemon, cucumbers, honey or other natural ingredients to make an extra nourishing facial. Keep mixture refrigerated.
That’s it! A simple, easy and inexpensive “grow your own beauty treatment.”
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