Aloe Vera 101 / by lee tilghman

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Aloe vera has SO many benefits. It has anti-inflammatory properties which help combat redness, acne scars, burns, cuts, scrapes, eczema. It also has the same anti-inflammatory effect on your digestive system, meaning it can help relieve constipation, soothe IBS symptoms, and repair your stomach lining! 

I first started using aloe vera when I read that it's one of the only things that can take away redness and scars on the skin.

I got electrolysis a few months ago on my face, and have been experiencing some annoying redness and light scarring from the needle. No other oils or moisturizers were helping the redness. But this aloe...it really works. 

So, I put together a little video below on my 2 favorite ways to use aloe: in a smoothie and on the face. Watch the video to learn and check out my Q+A at the bottom of this post for more aloe vera information!

Aloe has enzymes, four fatty acids, hormones, and is full of vitamin A, C, B12, and E. The antioxidants in aloe also help to neutralize free radicals. 

Aloe Vera Berry Smoothie:

Begin by cutting open the aloe leaf as shown in the video!

Then, combine:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup sunflower seed milk (or any other unsweetened nut milk)
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel 
  1. blend for 1 minute and enjoy immediately!!

aloe vera face mask

  1. A few times a week, I head to the fridge where I store my aloe leaf and scoop out a little bit of the gel with my fingers.
  2. I spread across my face, waiting for it to dry, usually about 20 minutes.
  3.  remove it with a warm water and towel off.

Over time I've noticed my red spots go away. It''s crazy!

Q+A

Q: Where do you get your aloe leaf?

A: Whole Foods

Q: Can I use my aloe vera house plant?

A: aloe vera house plants are not meant for human consumption, though it is fine to put it on your face. I recommend buying your aloe leafs for consumption at a grocery store. 

Q: How do you store it?

A: You can store the aloe leaf in the fridge, with the skin on for up to a few weeks.

Q: How long does it stay for?

A: Once opened, the gel can go bad so be sure to use it quick!

Q: I have SIBO/or pregnant. Can I eat aloe?

A: if you are pregnant or have SIBO, be sure to ask your doctor before consuming aloe!

 

Do you use aloe? If so, what are your favorite ways to use it?