Most of us are familiar with the presence of Aloe vera in cosmetics and skin creams; it moisturizes and has anti-aging effects. Luckily, this ancient plant is very easy to grow and harvest. With just a few extra ingredients, you can whip up your own Aloe vera DIY recipes to create quick, nourishing beauty products at a very low cost.
Aloe vera’s rise to superfood status has been a long time coming. Often extolled for its soothing qualities, Aloe vera is most commonly used as a topical ointment for burns, sun damage and skin abrasions. It is known to contain powerful antioxidants and has strong antibacterial properties. It moisturizes, lightens blemishes, reduces wrinkles and, in general, slows the skin’s aging process.
Here are three of my favorite Aloe vera DIY recipes. Enjoy!
1. Cucumber and Aloe Vera Eye Gel
- 1 Aloe vera leaf
- 1 small cucumber, chopped
- ½ cup distilled extract of witch hazel
- 1 packet gelatin
- 1 white tea teabag
- 3 drops of lavender essential oil
- Peel and slice the aloe leaf to extract gel.
- Put the cucumber and aloe gel into a blender and process until smooth.
- Strain the mixture through a sieve to extract the juice, setting aside ½ cup of the strained juice.
- Add the witch hazel to a small pan, whisk in the gelatin and add the teabag. Gently heat the mixture until it just starts to thicken. Remove from heat.
- As it cools, remove the teabag, then whisk in the cucumber and aloe juice mixture and add the lavender oil.
- Pour the gel into a sterilized, airtight pump dispenser.
To use: Apply to the eye area before bed and wash off in the morning.
Storage: Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.
(Recipe source: James Wong, Grow Your Own Drugs)
2. pH Balanced Aloe Vera Shampoo
- Mix ingredients in a bowl with a wire whisk.
- Pour mixture into ice cube trays.
- Put in freezer and wait a few hours until frozen completely.
To use: Defrost one cube in a bowl the night before use. Use as you would normal shampoo.
Storage: Keeps in freezer for up to 2 months.
(Recipe source: thankyoubody.com)
3. Aloe Vera DIY Face Mask
- One Aloe vera leaf
- Cut an outer leaf near the base of the plant.
- Slice off the prickly sides of the leaf with a knife. Take care not to cut too much off.
- With the convex side up, use a vegetable peeler to trim the outer layer of the leaf.
- Slide a large spoon under the gel to remove it from the other side of the leaf.
- Dice the gel into smaller pieces.
To use: Rub Aloe vera gel on face. Leave for 20 minutes until it dries. Wash off with warm water, and dry off face with towel.
Storage: Raw aloe vera gel will keep in the refrigerator for about 1 week.
(Recipe source: youtube.com)
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