Quickly make your own aloe vera lotion quickly using your choice of essential oils, and moisturize your skin naturally.
You probably have a plant in your kitchen that can cure an incredible variety of skin conditions – severe dryness, premature aging, strong inflammation, and even burns.
The aloe vera plant, commonly grown as a house plant in North America, has been nicknamed “the miracle herb” and for good reason. It’s been used medicinally for more than four thousand years. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, and Indians all used Aloe Vera to cure diseases and adorn their bodies.
Pretty amazing for something you can grow on your window sill.
Unless you’re like my friend Tina in Nigeria. When I asked her about the plant, she said they grow in everyone’s backyard. Granted, we do have dandelions, which are medicinal and edible, too, so I guess it’s a fair trade. However, I was so jealous I went out and bought myself a couple of tiny aloe vera plants. Six months later and they’re huge.
Aloe vera is such an an amazing plant that you’ll find it in most cosmetics – the compounds in it do almost magical things to our dry skin.
Like what? Glad you asked!
The aloe plant contains more than 200 compounds: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharides, fatty acids, salicylic acid, antioxidants, and flavonoids.
In plain language, the aloe contains ALL the important nutrients that our skin and bodies need. Over 200 research studies have been done on this plant and they show that it has three main properties:
And this is a houseplant sitting on your window sill.
The juice of that innocent looking houseplant can heal sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, acne, bruises, cuts …..
You want this in your homemade skin and body lotions, right?
Orange and lemon are nice oils to use, but you could use peppermint and smell like a candy cane, or use lavender and carry a calming presence around everywhere you go. Pick what you want to smell like.
If you’re new to essential oils, I have a rather lengthy post about them here.
It is VERY easy to make this once you have the ingredients.
Combine everything EXCEPT the aloe vera and essential oils in a glass bowl or measuring cup that can handle heat.
Place it in a pan half filled with water. It won’t look pretty. It certainly won’t look like aloe vera lotion!
Place it over low heat until the wax melts.
Remove from heat and let it cool until it gets to room temperature.
Add the essential oils to the aloe vera gel.
Slowly pour the gel into the oil mixture using a hand mixer.
Whip until it is the consistency of butter.
Scrape your aloe vera lotion into a small jar to store.
There you have it – your own aloe vera lotion.
Quickly make your own aloe vera lotion quickly using simple ingredients and your choice of essential oils, and moisturize your skin naturally.
- 2 tbsp sweet almond oil or other carrier oil
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- 2 tbsp apricot kernel oil
- 1 tbsp beeswax
- 10 drops essential oil
- Combine everything EXCEPT the aloe vera and essential oils in a glass bowl or measuring cup that can handle heat. Place it in a pan half filled with water.
- Place it over low heat until the wax melts.
- Remove from heat and let it cool until it gets to room temperature.
- Add the essential oils to the aloe vera gel.
- Slowly pour the gel into the oil mixture using a hand mixer.
- Whip until it is the consistency of butter.
- Scrape into a small jar to store.
Interested in learning how to DEHYDRATE your aloe vera gel for later use? My friend Melody has the instructions and they’re definitely worth checking out.