Aloe Vera, the superstar of the herb world, offers amazing benefits for our skin and hair. It not only nourishes and moisturizes, but also heals and repairs. And did you know that you can also make awesome health drinks with Aloe Vera juice? Yes, there are literally a thousand ways to use Aloe Vera. Keep reading to discover 8 amazing ways to use Aloe Vera.
Okay, first thing first. Do you know how to harvest Aloe Vera and extract the gel from the stems? Here’s the trick.
How to extract the gel from the Aloe Vera plant?
Cut a few stems of the Aloe Vera plant with a knife, close to the roots.
Clean them thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Cut off the thorny portions on both sides, and then slice each stem into 2-3 pieces to make the extraction process easier.
Remove the upper and lower portions of the stems with a knife. You only need the clear, gel-like pulp in-between. You can also slice the pieces through the middle and scrape off the pulp with a spoon.
Collect the pulp into a clean and sterilized mason jar (or any other glass container). If you are not going to use them immediately, store them in the freezer and take out as and when needed.
Now that you have extracted the pulp, how do you turn it into usable gel?
Simple. Just blend the pulp really well. You can use a hand mixer, a blender, or even do the job manually. This is it. You have fresh Aloe Vera gel. Nice and easy.
Store-bought Aloe Vera gel, or fresh ones from the garden- which is better?
Well, just like any other thing in the world, naturally sourced ingredients are always better. But does that mean we grow our own vegetables or run our own chicken farm? It’s not possible (unless you are indeed in the farming industry), right?
If you don’t happen to have a plant in your home, rest assured, you can use commercial Aloe Vera gels without worry and get just as fabulous results as the fresh one.
Top Aloe Vera gel brands in India
Over the years, I have used a number of different brands of Aloe Vera gel and gained a lot of expertise on them. And today I am sharing my wisdom with you. Here are my top picks for Aloe Vera gel brands in India.
P.S. All of them are available on Amazon! (You’re welcome!)
1. WOW Aloe Vera Multipurpose Beauty Gel for Skin and Hair
Price: ₹299 for 130 ml (₹2.3/ml)
USP: Although the brand is new and they have launched this product only recently, it is by far the best and my most favorite Aloe Vera gel. It claims to contain 99% pure Aloe Vera and suits all skin and hair types.
Buy it here.
2. Indus Valley Bio Organic Non-Toxic Aloe Vera Gel,
Indus Valley Bio Organic Hair Reborn Aloe Vera Gel
Price: ₹199 for 175ml (pure gel, ₹1.1/ml)
₹249 for 175 ml (hair reborn, ₹1.4/ml)
USP: Indus Valley is famous for their bio-organic range of products. I have also used their organic coconut oil which is very good. They have launched their Aloe Vera gel in two variants, i.e. one 100% pure gel, and another for your special hair needs with added ingredients like Bhringraj & Walnut oil. I like the pure one more, but the hair reborn one is also pretty good.
3. TRUFELLA Crystal Clear Aloe Vera Gel
Price: ₹299 for 120 ml (₹2.5/ml)
USP: This Aloe Vera gel from Trufella performed well on my skin. It’s very cool and soothing. However, it didn’t work out for my mother who has sensitive skin. She experienced burns and hair-fall after using it. So, I recommend you try it before buying to make sure if it’s a good choice for you.
Buy it here.
4. Siso Aloe Vera Gel
Price: ₹250 for 160 gm (₹1.5/gm)
USP: A pocket-friendly option for you. It is very good. The gel is thick and soothing, penetrates the skin easily.
Buy it here.
5. Patanjali Saundarya Aloe Vera Gel
Price: ₹90 for 150 ml (₹0.6/ml)
USP: Price is it’s only USP. The cheapest one in the list, I am not a fan of this one. However, it is very popular among the masses. So, it’s like an honorary mention in my list.
Buy it here.
Now that you have your Aloe Vera gel with you, let’s learn 12 unique ways to use this multipurpose gel for your skin and hair. Note: These techniques can be applied with both Fresh Aloe Vera Gel and commercial ones. Choose any brand you like, however, picking one with 99% or 100% pure tag will be extra helpful.
8 ways to use Aloe Vera gel
1. Use as a moisturizer
Aloe Vera is great for dry skin. Apply fresh Aloe Vera gel all over your face and body, leave for 15 minutes, and then rinse off. You can also add pure honey, rose water, and other hydrating ingredients to this and use the same way.
2. Use as a makeup remover
Aloe Vera gel can remove your makeup efficiently, and provide hydration at the same time. Massage Wow Aloe Vera gel all over your face, wipe off with cotton and rinse with water. Ta-Da! You have makeup-free soft skin!
3. Treat sunburns/minor cuts and wounds
I always insist on the importance of sunscreen. And, although Aloe Vera has many great qualities. Blocking sun rays is not one of them. Aloe Vera cannot be used as a sun-block. In fact, I recommend you don’t come under direct sunlight when you have Aloe Vera on your skin.
But if you forget your sunscreen by chance and have red, sun-burnt skin as a result, applying Aloe Vera can provide instant relief.
You can also use Aloe Vera on any minor cuts/burns/chafing of skin to treat them in a natural way.
4. Set your eyebrows
Taking a little Aloe Vera gel on a q-tip and applying on eyebrows can be a good way to tame your wild eyebrows. It works very well as a setting gel, and also promotes the growth of brow hair. So, you see, two birds at one stone, again!
5. Make a hair mask
Mix one part of Patanjali Aloe Vera gel with one part of pure honey, and one part of coconut/olive oil. Apply this on your scalp as well as hair, and massage for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. You may follow it with shampoo and conditioner, or just leave it as it is. Using this hair mask once a week will give you soft and manageable hair.
6. Make a face mask
There are umpteen numbers of ways to use Indus Valley Aloe Vera gel in your face mask. Depending on your skin type, your ubtan or mask ingredients vary. No matter what you use, adding a teaspoon of Aloe Vera on it will increase its effectiveness significantly.
7. Use as shaving gel
Instead of soap-based shaving creams, gels, and foams, using Aloe Vera gel for shaving will serve the purpose just as well and make your skin supple, and will also prevent from post-shave burns or itches.
8. Make ice cubes
Mix one part of Aloe Vera gel with three parts of water and freeze them into ice cubes. Use after a day-out in the sun or just for a little cold relief on your skin.
This is the top 8 ways to get amazing benefits from Aloe Vera. You can always use your imagination and use it in another 800 ways of your choice.
So, which one is your favorite? And which brand of Aloe Vera do you find the best? Let us know in the comments.