Aloe vera is one of the most wonderful gifts of nature. The perennial plant has long been valued as a herbal remedy for almost anything and everything including infections, allergies, rashes, burns, skin problems, excessive sweating, etc. But today’s post is not about the plant itself or the gel extracted from its leaves. Rather, it is about the oil prepared by using aloe vera. Yes, we are talking about aloe vera oil, which has gained immense popularity as an equally beneficial treatment for our health, skin, and hair. Let’s us explore everything about aloe vera oil including a DIY recipe, its benefits, and uses:
What Is Aloe Vera Oil?
Don’t get confused, folks! Aloe vera oil is not at all an oil extract of the plant aloe vera. In fact, it is not, in the true sense of the word, a pure oil. It is basically a semi-liquid oil infusion prepared by combining the aloe vera gel extract with a suitable fatty carrier oil. The process followed for aloe oil preparation is called ‘maceration extraction’ in which the stems and fleshy leaves of a fresh aloe vera plant are macerated and dipped in a carrier oil. The whole thing is heated to high temperatures until the outer layers of the soaked aloe are ruptured and all its nutrients and essence are absorbed by the hot oil. Finally, the infused oil is filtered and the plant parts are discarded.
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What Is So Good About Aloe Vera Oil?
Aloe vera oil holds all the goodness of pure aloe vera gel blended with the beneficial properties of the carrier oil. It is loaded with vital vitamins like A (beta-carotene), C, E (alpha-tocopherol), B vitamins (B1, B2, B6), etc., and essential minerals (iron, sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper). It is also a rich source of polysaccharides, proteins, lipid compounds (phytosterols, gamma-linoleic acid, arachidonic acid), amino acids (20 different types), enzymes, antioxidants, anthraquinones, and allantoin, which make it one of the most effective skin and hair care products.
DIY – Homemade Aloe Vera Oil Recipe
Aloe vera oil can be purchased from the market under different brand names. However, you can skip the store-bought ones and go for your own versions too. Here is how to prepare aloe vera oil recipe at home:
- Fresh aloe vera leaf – 1 (2” to 4” in length)
- Organic coconut oil – (1/2) cup
- Essential oil (as per your preference) – 2 to 3 drops (rose essential oil / jasmine essential oil / peppermint essential oil, etc.)
- A medium-sized pot
- A mixing bowl
- A sharp knife
- A spoon
- A dark-colored bottle
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Steps To Follow:
- Clean and wash the fresh aloe vera leaf properly under running water. Remove the thorns from the edges with the help of the sharp knife.
- Cut the leaf into small pieces and eliminate the outer layer of skin carefully. It will leave you with the clear gel-like substance of slimy texture. You can also remove only the skin on the top and scrape the transparent gel off the bottom layer of the skin.
- Transfer this fresh aloe vera gel to the mixing bowl and mash it thoroughly with your hand (using a fork will also do) to ensure that no lump is there. It will form around (1/2) cup of aloe gel for the recipe.
- Pour organic coconut oil into the bowl and give a good mix by using the spoon. The aloe gel should be completely immersed in the coconut oil.
- Add essential oil to the bowl and mix everything well once again.
- Pour the entire thing into the medium-sized pot, cover it with a lid, and allow it to sit for next 2-3 days.
- Place the pot on low to medium flame for at least 15 minutes and heat the mixture up. Keep stirring until you hear the popping sound.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool down.
- Once the oil infusion reaches room temperature, strain it into the dark-colored bottle and discard the aloe plant components.
- Store the bottle in the refrigerator for 10 days to 2 months.
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Skin And Hair Benefits Of Aloe Vera Oil
Beauty benefits of aloe vera oil are quite well-known. Here we’ve listed the skin and hair benefits that you can enjoy by using this oil infusion:
- Suits all types of skin including super dry, oily acne-prone and sensitive ones.
- Hydrates, moisturizes, and nourishes dry and dull skin.
- Promotes cell renewal and minimizes the appearance of signs of aging.
- Soothes tired and inflamed skin while treating issues like blisters, rashes, sunburns, sun damages, bug bites, infections, allergies, etc.
- Treats dry, itchy scalp and cures dandruff.
- Nourishes scalp to help the hair grow longer, stronger, and healthier.
- Works as an excellent skin and hair massage oil.
- It is widely used in skincare products and other cosmetics.
DIY aloe vera oil project might be a time-consuming one but it is worth the effort. Just give it a try and your skin and hair will thank you for sure!