What if I told you there was an inexpensive, non-toxic, natural anti-aging treatment you can easily grow at home? Plus it’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, is an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Sound too good to be true? Not so.
It’s actually the gel from an Aloe Vera plant which people have been using for over 6000 years to protect and heal their body inside and out.
With so many companies touting their anti-aging products – most of which are expensive and full of chemicals – it’s hard to believe that something as simple and easy to grow as a plant, can provide the same benefits plus more.
Having an Aloe plant in our home was always a staple. In fact, it was one of the first things I bought after I moved across the country – more about that later. But I always have one near the kitchen because I am always burning myself when cooking and that is the best burn salve there is. (Another reason I should maybe look into a raw diet!)
Before getting into the anti-aging properties of the Aloe Vera, let’s look at some of the other benefits of this amazing plant:
- It helps to rejuvenate the body from the inside out
- Heals burns and wounds
- May help with arthritis
- Reduces dental plaque
- May help lower blood sugar
- Aids in digestions
- Helps with constipation
- Moisturizes hair and scalp
- Works as an environmental cleaner by purifying the air (the leaves will show brown spots when there are excessive chemicals in the air – inside or outside)
- Releases oxygen in the night which helps with longevity (keep one in your bedroom)
If that isn’t enough to convince you to grow an Aloe plant, then here are some ways it helps with anti-aging. And I know you are interested in that! Who isn’t?
This plant actually can help to BOOST COLLAGEN.
And why is that important?
As we age, especially after menopause, the body produces less collagen. And collagen is important because it plays a role in replacing and restoring dead skin cells.
When less collagen is produced, the skin elasticity declines, wrinkles form and cartilage weakens. That’s why some people get botox treatments.
But the gel from the Aloe plant can do the same without the chemicals and the expense.
There was a study done in 2009 which was published in the Annals of Dermatology journal, which measured the clinical signs and biochemical changes of aging skin before and after taking aloe gel for 90 days. And they found that even ¼ teaspoon daily that facial wrinkles and elasticity improved significantly.1
Even though Aloe gel tastes bitter, it’s well worth the results! You can mix it in your smoothie, fresh squeezed juice or even water and it’s a no brainer.
Just don’t increase more than ¼ teaspoon daily. High amounts of Aloe may cause diarrhea and allergic reactions.
If you don’t have a fresh Aloe leaf, you can purchase it but make sure it’s 100% organic Aloe juice. Make sure it does not contain and chemicals or non-edible ingredients.
Or you can make your own if you have a plant. Here’s a link to show you how to filet and Aloe leaf and remove the gel: https://www.naturalnews.com/PhotoTour_Aloe_Vera_10.html
One thing you want to do before fileting the leaf is to let it drain for about 30 minutes to release the latex. It’s a thick yellowish goo which you don’t want to ingest or put on your face. Just put the leaf in a glass and then wipe off the latex before fileting.
After you have the filet, you can just use it like that. But I like to put it in the blender to make it creamier. Put it in a glass air-tight container in your fridge and it will stay fresh for a couple of weeks.
Once you have the gel, you can just massage that into your face in a circular motion for a couple of minutes. Don’t forget the eye area. Aloe is the best eye cream!
I usually do this first thing in the morning and leave it on for a while. But you can also do this before bed. Either way it is helping to release toxins, tone your facial skin and helps to nourish and heal your skin.
You might want to add a few drops of organic Vitamin E to enhance the benefits.
Or add some essential oils like Lemon, Rosemary or Lavender, which are all soothing and help with anti-aging of the skin. Just make sure your essential oils do not contain any chemicals or toxins – kind of defeats the purpose. (If you would like to learn more about essential oils click here: http://livebalancednaturally.com/essential-oils/)
As with any product, test it out in a small area to make sure you don’t have any allergic reactions.
Now about that little plant I bought years ago….
Well, it has grown so much that the original plant is about 2’ in diameter and has produced hundreds of babies. We probably have given away well over 100 plants with about 20 on our patio right now.
They are pretty indestructible and need very little water. Just don’t forget the T.L.C.!
So if you are ever in Vegas, give me a shout out and there will be a plant with your name on it!
I’d love to hear if you have any experience using Aloe Vera for anti-aging or healing.
In Peace and Good Health,
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