Friday 6 March 2015

MIGHTY ALOE VERA: Sunburn Therapy


          5 years ago, I rescued this beauty from a pile of junk in my back alleyway. Surprisingly, she was in pretty good condition; all she needed was some TLC.  Aloe plants are very low maintenance. All you have to worry about is not over watering them. It has unbelievable health benefits too. Aloe contains many vitamins such as A, C, E, B1, B2, and B3, and it contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and potassium.  Aloe Vera is great for the skin, digestion, burns and stings, athletes foot, warts, it helps to alkalize the body and it boost the immune system. WHAT A SUPER PLANT!
However, this super plant was taking over my apartment; I had to put her to good use. So I researched all the many ways you could use it and found an easy concoction that contained simple ingredients- perfect for the beginning potion wizard or medicine woman! Not to mention, this was the perfect thing to bring on my recent trip to Costa Rica. The plan was to use it on sunburns, however when I opened it I quickly realized my potion had gone sour. Lesson learned: this moisturizer has an expiry date. Use it up fast!
Ladies and gentleman, I give you:

  Coconut Rose Lavender Aloe Vera Moisturizer~

- one large aloe vera stem
- 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- a few drops of rose essential oil
- a few drops of lavender essential oil

- thinly cut off the spine (the sides) of the aloe vera stem
- remove the rind (the top of the stem) 
- carefully remove the thick gel pads from the remaining leaf
- wash the slime off the gel pads 
- put the aloe and the coconut oil in the blender for a few minutes
- (optional) add desired essential oil
- pour into a spray bottle and you're done!

* When I made it the coconut oil eventually hardened, so before applying I run the bottle under hot water turning it into a liquid again. My skin has never felt so smooth!

                       Go buy yourself a mighty aloe vera plant & ENJOY xo