Why buy bottled Aloe vera Gel when you can grow your own plants? This is the question that most people ask when they first hear of bottled Aloe vera gel. Why would I buy it when I can grow my own? Well, there are several reasons why it is just plain convenient to buy Aloe vera gel:
1. You use a lot of Aloe and can’t grow and cultivate enough plants to supply your needs.
Some of us use a lot of Aloe vera, and if you are one of these people, you can understand my reasoning here. Personally, I use Aloe several times a day as part of my routine. Also, I use Aloe vera in a lot of homemade recipes. Add in the family members who also use aloe, and you can imagine how hard it would be to grow and cultivate enough Aloe for all of our daily needs.
2. You live in a climate where it is impossible to grow Aloe outdoors, year-round.
For those of you who live in year-round, warm weather, it is entirely possible to continuously grow your own supply of Aloe vera in an outdoor garden.
However, not all of us are fortunate enough to live in such a climate, and without a greenhouse, Aloe vera plants will not survive harsh winters.
3. You don’t have a yard, garden or greenhouse, or enough space inside to grow enough.
Many homes have limited space for potted plants and windows to supply the natural sunlight. Therefore, buying bottled Aloe vera gel is a lifesaver!
4. You just don’t have a green thumb!
Hey, not everyone loves to garden or has that green thumb to keep potted plants thriving! Aloe vera gel is the perfect solution for those who prefer not to grow it on their own!
5. There is not enough time!
Not everyone has hours to spend in the garden every day! With the hustle and bustle of daily life, jobs and family, maintaining a large garden of Aloe vera is unthinkable to some.
6. Life circumstances do not allow you to grow your own Aloe.
Maybe you don’t have the mobility anymore or have become ill. Bottled Aloe vera gel is a convenience for many people who cannot garden.
Aloe is a succulent plant with no stem, just fleshy leaves containing special sacs filled with a healing juice. Cold-pressed, fresh from the plant, this juice — or gel — can be applied to burns, cuts, wounds and sunburn with rapid anti-inflammatory and skin-healing results. In addition to these benefits, Aloe vera gel can be used for a number of other things:
- Soothes insect bites.
- Moisturizes the skin.
- Replaces face and body creams (check out the homemade Aloe skin mousse recipe listed below).
- Mixes well with essential oils (use as a carrier).
- Calms and heals rashes.
- Works as a hair gel and hair conditioner.
- Reduces dandruff.
- Prevents scarring or fades existing
- Brightens skin.
- Relieves and heals blisters.
- Reverses the signs of aging.
- Removes make-up and cleans pores.
- Lightens stretch marks.
- Prevents pimples.
- Fights athlete’s
- Soothes and relieves
- Contributes to healthy nail growth.
It is essential to pay attention to the ingredients before purchasing Aloe vera gel. Many companies claim that their gel is 100 percent pure, but that is misleading. Some will add water, color or alcohol. Others will add unnatural preservatives. In general, if there are more than six ingredients, more than likely the gel is not all-natural.
It is important to understand that any bottled Aloe vera gel will need to contain a small amount of natural preservatives. Without any preservatives, the gel will have a short shelf life and begin to grow bacteria and go bad. Because of this, the brand of bottled Aloe vera gel that you purchase should say 95-99.75 percent pure Aloe vera. Do your research and make sure that all the ingredients are natural or natural-occurring.
Homemade Aloe Gel Skin Mousse
This is an easy-to-make skin mousse formula that is super-nourishing and healing for your skin!
This is what you will need:
- A glass jar which can hold up to 20ml/4 tsp of the finished mousse.
- 3 ½ flat tsp of Aloe vera gel (all together).
- 1 tsp jojoba carrier oil.
- Small mixing spoon.
- Essential oils of your choice.
Add 3 flat teaspoons of Aloe vera gel and 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil to the jar and mix well. The oil and gel will start to combine and thicken. At this point, add another ½ tsp Aloe vera gel to the jar and keep stirring. The mixture will suddenly go smooth and slack, taking on an opaque, pale cream color. This will be enough for about 10 applications to the face. Adjust the recipe to make a larger portion for a body mousse.
You can use the mousse unfragranced, as is, or if you prefer, you can blend in 8-10 drops of essential oils to treat a particular health condition or to add fragrance to your skin mousse.
Do you use Aloe vera? What advice would you add? Share your tips in the section below: