Aloe and honey: what an ingenious combination! How could we not have thought of this until now? With honey’s antibacterial abilities and aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness, swelling and itch, it only makes sense to harness the power of both in one kick-ass, acne-fighting face mask.
Aloe gel packs quite a punch. Name a skin condition–sunburns, eczema, insect bites, acne–and its probably on the long list of skin problems that aloe can help heal. Because aloe gel works wonders when it comes to alleviating itchiness, reducing swelling and redness, and promoting new cell growth, aloe gel has become an active ingredient in many medicinal lotions and creams. But let me give you a sneak peak at what else is in store-bought aloe products:
So, you have an aloe plant. But you’ve been reading about all the ways you can use that beautiful plant to make medicinal creams, conditioners and food, and you have one simple question: how do I do that? How do I get an aloe face cream that fights acne from this long-leaved plant? How does the touch plant become a smooth and sleek conditioner for my hair? Just looking at your potted plant makes all these possibilities seem impossible. But they’re not! You can make them all by yourself, in your home–given you have the courage. If you want to make homemade, health-promoting products from your aloe plant, you have to be prepared to do a little surgery on your plant. Snip, snip! But don’t worry, you won’t be hurting your aloe one bit by borrowing some of its leaves. Think of it as using your aloe so that you hurt no more!
What is your first step when making any kind of medicinal skin cream, juice, dessert that includes aloe vera gel? A difficult one! Before you can do anything else, you have to extract that slimy, fleshy gel from the inside of the plant’s leaves, which can be complicated, time-consuming, and intimating–especially to aloe newbie’s! But don’t let a little difficulty keep you from benefiting from one of the world’s most medicinal plants! Here’s a cool tip that should help you tackle even the most tricky aloe vera leaf. Be discouraged no more! Go get that aloe vera gel!
Is making an aloe salad dressing even a culinary possibility? Well, let’s evaluate the taste and find out. Is aloe vera sweet or savory? Seems like it should be an easy question, right? However, pinpointing the unique flavor of the jelly-like substance hidden between the leaves of the aloe plant can be tricky. It is more than meets the taste buds!
Because aloe gel is seen in dinner recipes as well as desserts, you might find yourself flip-flopping between the taste of the aloe plant (and therefore doubting its place on salads). But here’s how aloe can be in so many places in the food world at once: the pungent, bitter taste of pure aloe gel is often diluted and enhanced by other ingredients: it is a shape-shifter, absorbing the flavor of the foods around it.
Due to its versatile nature, aloe gel can be either sweet or savory–and thus perfect as the base for a salad dressing! You heard me right: that stuff you put on salads to give it a boost in the taste department can be made with aloe. And you can create a healthy salad dressing with aloe, at that! Next time you are digging through your fridge looking for that perfect complement to your lunch salad, forget all of them and make yourself some aloe salad dressing. You can maintain your healthy lifestyle by adding it to your lunch salads at the office, or serve it in the salad centerpiece of your family dinner to keep the whole crew happy and healthy!