Aloe Vera has been used since antiquity to treat numerous health problems and to improve human body functions. What makes this plant an excellent ally is its gel, rich in nutrients. The leaves are fleshy, and once you break them, you can get this beneficial gel.
Still, the disadvantage of this gel is that you can use it only fresh. Consequently, if you don’t have an Aloe Vera leave each time you need it, you better opt for Aloe Vera oil. We will teach you how to prepare it step by step, but first, let’s see what its benefits and uses are.
What makes it useful?
Just like any other herb, the health and beauty properties of Aloe Vera are given by its active compounds. The nutrients contained in Aloe Vera gel, which are transferred to the oil when you prepare it, are numerous, and they include:
- Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B6, C, E.
- Minerals: iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, potassium, manganese, and sodium.
- Amino acids: from the list of eight essential amino acids, Aloe Vera contains 7. Besides these, the plant also has an additional number of 13 other amino acids.
- Polysaccharides: these carbohydrate molecules are efficient in improving the function of the human immune system, and they are often recommended in the case of diabetes, tumors, and cancer.
- Lipid compounds: gamma-linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, and many other phytosterols.
- Anthraquinones: cinnamic acid ester, aloe emodin, and aloin. These compounds play a vital role in fighting viruses. Therefore, Aloe Vera is a potent antiviral agent.
Uses of Aloe Vera oil
In a nutshell, you can use this oil for almost any affection. Traditional medicine recommends it for treating infections, burns, rashes, sickness, reduce perspiration and so on.
Not to mention that many cosmetic and skincare products use Aloe Vera for its beauty properties. If you want to relieve itching, get a moisturized and healthy skin or accelerate the healing of wounds, don’t hesitate to apply a little amount of Aloe Vera oil and massage the affected area.
- Massage oil: if you have to deal with inflammation or pain, massage the area with Aloe Vera oil, and you will soon get rid of the disturbing issues.
- Hair care product: dandruff or dry scalp? Use this oil as a conditioner and forget about these problems. Moreover, your hair will be much stronger and shinier.
- Dental care product: reduce the risk of gingivitis, cavities, and dental plaque by massaging your gums and teeth with this oil.
- Heal insect bites: if you want to relieve inflammation and swelling triggered by insect bites, rub the affected area with Aloe Vera oil.
- ½ cup of aloe vera gel
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- Three drops of essential oil (whatever you like)
In a pot, mix the Aloe Vera gel and coconut oil, then add 2-3 drops of essential oil, to give your mixture a pleasant scent.
The next step is to put the pot on the stove and heat the mixture for about 10 minutes. Place the mixture in a glass jar and deposit it in a dry place.