Uses for Aloe Vera

I have always known that the aloe vera gel from my plants were a good healing plant for scrapes, burns and wounds. It has been used for thousands of years. I have since discovered many more uses for this plant.


Aloe absorbs quick through the skin and reduces swelling as well as pain. It works well for sprains, muscle pain and arthritis. Just rub the gel all over the sore area.

I squeeze the gel into ice cube trays and freeze, so you can also use it as an ice pack. I use it for headaches, it is very soothing. I use the ice cubes on my eyes when they are swollen from allergies or just lack of sleep. The ice cube of aloe is especially soothing if someone has a minor burn.

You can also just keep the gel in the fridge and rub it on cotton balls to use as a compress for your eyes. It is also a great make-up remover. This is one of my favourites; aloe gel reduces wrinkles because aloe regenerates skin cells. Use it for eczema, acne and sun age spots.

Apply gel to sunburns, blisters, cold sores, rashes and insect bites. It helps fight bacteria and avoid infection. It is excellent for cleansing and tightening your pores. Use the gel as shave gel, it keeps legs smooth,and reduces irritation from shaving. Another favourite use I discovered is that it prevents or fades stretch marks. Rub the gel on the stretch marks and let it dry. Apply daily.

Apply gel to your hair, it's great for dandruff, psoriasis and hair loss from these conditions. Use it in place of your normal hair gel. Comb small amounts through your hair and style as usual. It also helps damaged or diseased gums. It will help with swelling and pain. It also helps fight tooth decay and reduces plaque.

There is so many more uses that I did not include. I am planning on buying a few more plants for wrinkles. I will let you know how it works!

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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I know sometimes when you have an anointment there is nothing more embarrassing then showing up looking sweaty. Here is a tip to to cool you off next time:

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April 23, 2005

I discovered one day when I ran out of hair gel that 100% pure aloe vera gel works great as a hair gel.

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October 1, 2004

Squeeze out a pea size of pure clear aloe vera gel on a clean spoon and add two to three drops of clove oil. Stir together with a cotton swab until you can't see the clove bud oil anymore. Using the cotton swab, you can now dab a little of the mixture lightly on your gums and voila, the pain is numbed. If using for an infant under the age of three, use only one drop of clove bud oil. You can buy the aloe vera gel in its purest form in most grocery stores. Look in the suntan lotion area. You want to make sure it's the pure clear aloe vera, without dyes or other colorants. By Monika

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June 25, 2005

Take the burn out of a sunburn by slice open an aloe vera leaf and putting the gel on the burned skin. If you don't have an aloe vera plant, buy pure aloe vera gel at a health food store. Good for all MINOR burns.

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April 13, 2020

Is aloe vera gel the same as aloe vera juice?


April 13, 20200 found this helpful

No. The difference is Aloe Gel- thicker, bright green, containing colorants, fragrance, preservatives and p h adjusters. - Aloe Juice- aloe mixed with water, much thinner!

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April 14, 20200 found this helpful

The gel is the clear goo you will find inside an aloe vera plant middle. To make the juice, it's scraped out and added to things like citrus juices, water and sugar etc

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April 16, 20200 found this helpful

No it is not the same. The gel is squeezed from the plant or screaped off the leaves of the plant. The juice is processed and a lot more liquid in the juice and less of the gel from the inside of the leaves. it is not the same at all. One you can drink and the other you apply to your skin.

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December 15, 2009

Can aloe vera be applied to the face directly from the plant? Will it have any adverse effect on skin? Will it cure eczema and improve skin color?

By ashok


December 15, 20090 found this helpful

Nope, use it! Its completely safe unless your body is allergic to it. I always cut the ends of my plant if I need it for sun burns and etc.

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December 15, 20090 found this helpful

I don't know that it will help with eczema or skin tone, but it's wonderful for scratches and burns. It's great straight off the plant. Slice open the leaf and apply the gel. Very soothing!

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November 6, 20100 found this helpful

I stopped using moisturizers. Fresh aloe gel, used directly from the leaf is so effective & economical. I use it instead of a moisturizer & it works as a sunblock too.

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January 19, 2015

Can I use aloe vera gel on burn on my neck caused by bleaching cream?

By Fabiola E. from Union City, NJ

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June 12, 2012

What all can you do with aloe vera?

By Faye


June 13, 20120 found this helpful

Use it on your skin for burns or sores. It is also used cosmetically in facial washes, etc. And the juice is drinkable. It makes nice looking potted plants.

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January 31, 2010

How do you make aloe vera lotion?

By Ciera


February 8, 20100 found this helpful

There was a post about this a long time ago. I would do the search for you, but I am short on time. Look up "home made lotion." It was a combintaion of olive oil and aloe vera.

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September 10, 2018

The juice and pulp from aloe vera plants have a variety of home uses including treating burns and other skin irritations. Check out some of the suggestions found in this page about using my own aloe vera plant.

Cut pieces of an aloe plant next to a bowl of aloe gel.

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September 26, 2016

This is a page about using aloe vera for sunburns. Aloe vera is well known for its soothing effect on burns.

Woman hugging an aloe frond

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July 13, 2016

This is a page about homemade aloe vera juice. Typically thought of as a topical treatment, many people drink the juice to treat a wide variety of internal conditions and ailments.

Jar of Aloe Very Juice surrounded by chopped aloe plant leaves and a wooden spoon holding the gel from the inside of the plant

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July 24, 2018

Unless you have a allergy, you can slice open an aloe vera leaf and apply the gel to your face. This is a page about using aloe vera on oily skin.

Cut aloe leaf dripping into glass jar.

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July 24, 2018

A natural remedy for hemorrhoidal irritation, aloe vera gel can help shrink blood vessels and cool for quick relief. This is a page about using aloe vera gel for hemorrhoids.

Cut aloe plant in a bowl next to aloe gel.

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