The use of aloe vera dates back thousands of years due to it's healing and beautifying properties. It has been said that Egyptian Queens, including Cleopatra, associated the application of this magic plant with their physical beauty and it was known as the "plant of immortality".
Personally, I have found no other product that will deliver such positive results in regards to keeping my skin hydrated and healthy. Aloe vera is astringent in nature, meaning it has a "tightening" or "contracting" effect on my skin when applied topically. I apply the gel from a fresh aloe leaf every night and sleep with it on to help keep fine lines at bay. I can literally feel my skin being tightened by the gel which indicates the aloe is doing it's job. I can see a noticeable difference in my skins elasticity when I fall of the aloe band wagon, so for me it's like a 100% natural botox treatment!
I also like to give my hair an aloe treatment a few times a week. I read about this idea in Isabelle Shipard's book 'How Can I Use Herbs In My Daily Life?'. Apparently some men massage aloe into their scalps regularly to ward off baldness and women apply the gel to help thicken and condition their locks. It has even been said that regular application of the gel can restore grey hair to it's original colour. I rub the fresh gel into my scalp and the ends of my hair at night and then wash and rinse in the morning. I can definitely notice a visible difference in my hair health after an aloe treatment.
This leaves me wondering why is there is the demand for so many "man made" beauty products on the market? Many of which may contain chemicals which are harmful to our health and the environment.
Another way I like to use Aloe Vera is as decoration in my home. Many say that aloe vera is one the best plants for improving indoor air quality. I keep a big potted aloe plant in my bedroom to promote a deep nights sleep and have smaller pots scattered through the rest of the house to keep things feeling fresh and cleansed. Best of all, they look just as gorgeous as they make me feel!
*This article is based on my own personal experience and what works for me. I have read that a small amount of people may be allergic to aloe and so took precautions before applying to my face and hair.*
Reference: Isabelle Shipard, How Can I Use Herbs In My Daily Life?
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