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.
Always consult a doctor before using Aloe Vera as a treatment.
- Arthritis – to relieve symptoms, take a shot of Aloe Vera
juice (recipe below).
- Asthma – to ease breathing, boil Aloe Vera leaves in water
and inhale the vapors.
- 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.
- Bleeding – to reduce, apply gel to minor wounds.
- Blisters – to relieve, apply gel to the affected area.
- Bloating – to relieve, take a shot of Aloe Vera juice
- Burns – to heal, apply a mixture, using equal parts Aloe
Vera gel and Vitamin E oil to the burn.
- Burns – to coo, apply gel to any minor burns.
- Bruises – to heal, apply gel to the affected area.
- Canker Sores – to heal, apply gel to the affected area.
- Cholesterol – to reduce, drink Aloe Vera juice (recipe below).
- Congestion – to relieve, drink a glass of Aloe Vera juice
- Constipation – to relieve, drink a glass of Aloe Vera juice
- Cramps – to relieve, take a spoonful of Aloe Vera gel with a
pinch of black pepper three times a day.
- Cuts and Scrapes – to prevent infections, apply gel before
- Diabetes – to lower sugar level, drink a glass of Aloe Vera
juice (recipe below).
- Diaper Rash – to heal, rub the gel on their little bottoms.
- Diarrhea – to treat, drink Aloe Vera Juice (recipe below).
- Earaches – to relieve, apply a few drops of Aloe Vera gel
into the ear.
- Energy – to boost, drink Aloe Vera juice (recipe below).
- Frostbite – to reduce damage, apply gel to the affected
- Heartburn – to relieve, take a shot of Aloe Vera juice
- Hemorrhoids – to relieve, drink Aloe Vera juice daily
- Immune System – to boost, drink Aloe Vera juice (recipe below).
- Indigestion – to relieve, drink a glass of Aloe Vera juice
- Inflammation – to reduce, apply gel to the affected area.
- Insect Bites – to relieve itching, apply gel to the affected
- Poison Ivy – to treat, apply gel to the affected area.
- Rash – to relieve, apply gel to the affected area.
- Sunburns – to cool, apply gel to the affected area.
- Urinary Tract Infections – to relieve, drink Aloe Vera juice
- Vaginal Itching – to control, apply gel to the affected area.
- Warts – to minimize, apply gel to the affected area.
- Yeast Infections – to heal, drink 4-6 ounces of gel daily until gone.
- Acne – to treat, apply gel to the affected area.
- Blackheads – to treat, apply gel to the affected area.
- 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.
- Dry Skin – to moisturize, apply gel to the skin.
- Eyes – to reduce puffiness, apply gel under your eyes.
- Eye Makeup – to remove, apply gel and remove with a cotton
- 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.
- Finger Nails – to strengthen, massage your nails with gel
every day for a few weeks.
- Freckles – to lighten, massage the area with the gel twice a
- Hair – to add shine, use gel as a conditioner.
- Hair – to control frizz, use gel as a conditioner.
- Hair – to moisturize, use the gel in place of your conditioner.
- Hair – to promote growth, massage gel onto the scalp and
allow it to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing.
- 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.
- 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.
- Primer – for makeup, apply gel to face before applying your
- Razor Burn – to soothe, apply gel to the affected area.
- Shaving – for a smoother shave, use Aloe Vera gel, it will
also act as a moisturizer.
- Skin – to brighten, apply gel to your skin.
- Skin – to exfoliate, scrub your skin with a mixture made
with 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
- Skin – to moisturize, apply to your skin before applying
makeup and before bed.
- Skin – to reduce dark spots, apply the gel to the affected
- Skin – to reverse the signs of aging, apply gel to your skin
- 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.
- Stretch Marks – to prevent, apply gel daily.
- Teeth – to clean and strengthen, brush with the gel.
- Whiteheads – to treat, apply gel to the affected area.
- Wounds – to prevent scarring, apply gel to the area daily
until it heals.
- Wrinkles – to reduce appearance, apply gel to the area.
- Dogs – to clean their ears, apply the gel to the ear and
wipe away the excess. You can safely do this every week.
- Hand Sanitizer – to make your own, combine 1 part Aloe
Vera gel and 3 parts witch hazel.
- 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.
oups & Salad s Yields: 7 cups
- Using a sharp knife, peel away
the rind and the yellow layer just below the rind. Discard.
- Place 2 tablespoons of Aloe
Vera gel in a blender.
- Add citrus juice, grapefruit
juice is my favorite.
- Blend until smooth.
- Refrigerate until you’re ready
lads Yields: 7 cups
What household tips did I miss?
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Jamie @ Domestically Vintage says
Thank you so much for this post. I just love home remedies! We always had an indoor aloe vera plant and my Mom used it in the same way. I had no clue that there were so many uses. Pinning so you get a lot of recognition. Have a wonderful day! ~ Jamie P.S. I'm visiting from the Inspiration Mondays link party with twelveOeight.
Counter Culture Living says
Visiting from A Pinch of Joy link party. My mom loved to keep aloe growing around the house, and we would use it to soothe burns.
Kathy Shea Mormino says
Such an informative blog about Aloe Vera. I knew a few of the uses but never imagined it could be so widely used. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick
Wandering Wren says
Just popped over from Katherine's Favourite Things and I agree Aloe Vera is one of our favourites. Just to make you jealous the sun came out last weekend, and I swear the whole of Melbourne was sunburnt on Monday, we are all normally so good as well… but that is where the Aloe Vera comes in as a great sunburn healer. As No 30 indicates!
Have a great week!
Tammy Killoough says
Oh…wow. I didn't know all this about Aloe Vera. I've always love it as a plant…and I think everyone knows about the burns…but you've found a whole ton of helpful information! Thank you so much for sharing this with us on Twirl and Take a Bow! Hope to see you again on Tuesday! ~Tammy
Kathy A Delightsome Life says
Great tips! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden
Allen Dawson says
This is very informative blog on Aloe Vera. I did not know it before that there are so many uses of Aloe Vera. Thank you for making this lovely post. Aloe Vera is also beneficial for treating skin infections.
D Smith says
1 cup pure aloe vera juice – (the kind approved as a nutritional supplement for internal use – I usually get mine in a gallon size at the local pharmacy for about $8)
1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda – (Start with 1 and increase as needed) 1 works just fine for me…less is fine if it works, but I would still start with 1..
Stir thoroughly until the baking soda is completely dissolved in the juice. Place the solution in a spray bottle and use the spray bottle to apply as needed. Since it is a spray applicator, it can last a long time and is very economical. Keep spray bottle in the refrigerator to maintain it’s freshness. The aloe vera can last a long time, but should be kept in the fridge for best results. Read your aloe vera juice label for more information regarding proper storage. The baking soda will help preserve it, but I just follow the label on the container.
This is not an anti-perspirant so you will still sweat under normal conditions. It will keep you smelling fresh though and it will not alter the scent of any perfume, cologne, or essential oils that you may also be using.
Joyce Neuss says
I buy Aloe Vera drink by the gallon at my local Wal Mart and mix it with my favor juice or drink it by itself, its great.