Vegetable oil, canola oil, soybean oil–all of those sound familiar, and you probably use at least one of them on a regular basis in the kitchen. But aloe vera oil? Now that’s something new! Not many people have heard of aloe vera oil, but such a thing exists! What will they come up next, am I right? But pretty much anything that is a plant or nut can be made into an oil these days. The process sure is easy enough: to make aloe vera oil, you basically soak aloe vera until it is softened then combine it with a base oil (i.e., one of those familiar oils we just listed; you know, soybean, almond, or even apricot oil). Voila! The result is an aloe vera extract! So contrary to popular thinking, aloe vera is not taken right from the plant and put in the bottle: it is first made into an oil, then added to the products you know and love.
What Do I Do With Aloe Vera Oil?
What do you do with aloe vera oil exactly? You get healthy, that’s what you do with it! Aloe vera oil has many of the same medicinal properties as the plant itself does. It is anti-a million and one things: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and even anti-fungal. That’s a lot of whopping pile of health benefits! As a concentrated form of the aloe vera plant, aloe vera oil also contains all the same beneficial chemical compounds as the plant but in higher percentages: Vitamin B, C and E as well as many minerals, antioxidants, protiens, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccarides, and beta-carotene. Again, what a long list! Here is a list (and not even a complete one at that!), so you can really see all that aloe vera oil can do:
- digestive issues (e.g. constipation, poo appetite)
- cancer-fighting potential (due primarily to its ability to boost the immune system by reducing inflammation as well as restrict blood flow to tumors)
- induce cell regeneration since it contains zinc, polysaccharides as well as vitamins C and E (this allows it to treat skin conditions such as eczema, acne, skin ulcers by increasing epidermal growth)
- heal wounds, bruises, burns and insect bites
- hair health
- boosts the immune system
- and many, many more!
Where Do I Find Aloe Vera Oil?
What kind of products does aloe vera oil go into, you ask? Many cosmetic products, for one:
- body lotions and creams
- hair gels
- shampoos and conditioners
- face washes
- burn treatments
- sun lotions
- massage oil
Chances are, if you are using a product that contains aloe vera, you are using (or taking) aloe vera oil. Aloe vera oil (or extract) is used in many products as a way to get the medicinal benefits of the plant from its leaves to your body to work its magic!