I’ve been wanting an aloe vera plant for months and finally came across this beautiful plant at my local grocery store yesterday for $4.99. Now I know I’ve paid more than that for bottles of aloe vera gel (of course with many ingredients other than aloe) in the past, so I was pretty excited to get the real thing, alive & growing, right in my house.
The “instructions” on my plant for using the healing gel from the was simply to cut off 1/2″ from a leaf and squeeze out the gel. I actually just broke it off and there was really was plenty of gel in just that little piece. Now if you’re thinking it’s a little early to heal any sunburn in what’s been a pretty cool Michigan spring, you are right. But there are actually tons of uses for aloe other than just soothing sunburn. For example, it helps to heal:
- Small cuts
- Poison Ivy
- Poison Oak
- Stretch marks
- Age spots
And it also helps:
- Reduce the risk of infected wounds
- Relieve arthritis
- Digestion problems
- Relieve insect bites
Tipnut.com has great information and specifics on how to apply and use the aloe plant to get the above desired results. For the most part; however, you can cut or break off a piece and apply the gel topically where needed. The leaves can even be refrigerated to preserve their freshness.
So as long as I take care of my new plant, I will be able to use its leaves anytime for convenient, at-home, and natural healing. It’s a great mini-investment in health that will continue to pay off for years to come.