Aloe Vera was named ‘’the plant of immortality’’ by the ancient Egyptians and it truly does its name justice.
This wonderful plant has been used both topically as well as internally for medicinal and cosmetic purposes throughout history.
It’s amazing for skin as it moisturizes, helps heal cuts, wounds and burns and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloe Vera contains valuable antioxidants such as vitamin C, E and beta carotene which help keep the skin hydrated and elastic.
The natural hormone Gibberellin stimulates the growth of new cells.
Aloe Vera is especially soothing for skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and sunburns.
I grew up with much appreciation for this amazing plant, as my grandmother used it for any and every skin issue.
Whether it was a burn, an allergic reaction, a wound or a sunburn, Aloe Vera always offered relief and accelerated the healing process.
One of my favorite uses for Aloe Vera is as after-sun care. It keeps my skin soft and hydrated.
This easy DIY Aloe Vera moisturizer with coconut oil and other healing oils is a powerful, natural boost for your skin.
Aloe Vera moisturizer with coconut oil
1/2 cup / 125 ml organic virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp aloe vera gel
1 tbsp castor oil
20 drops sweet almond oil
I love using fresh Aloe Vera from my own plants. You can however also buy Aloe Vera gel in a health food store or order it online.
A high quality Aloe Vera gel is this one from Seven Minerals. It’s USDA organic, made from freshly cut Aloe Vera leafs and is free from synthetic ingredients.
To extract the gel from fresh Aloe Vera you need to cut the leaf off and cut it into half.
Put the gel in a container and add coconut oil in a soft, creamy consistency.
Mix the coconut oil with the Aloe Vera gel, add castor oil and almond oil and stir until it’s all equally mixed.
I am using castor oil from Heritage Store and I’m very happy with it.
It’s cold-pressed, free of parabens and other artificial ingredients. The company has been around since 1969 and they take the quality of their products seriously.
When I bought mine, I didn’t know that they have an organic version as well. If you prefer the organic oil, you can get it here.
You can apply this DIY Aloe Vera moisturizer with coconut oil to your face and body. Gently massage it into clean skin and let it absorb.
Store the rest of this moisturizer in a container in the fridge.
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