Aloe vera: Homemade Amalgamas
23/04/2018 | Catarina Vilela
In response to a question posted on our blog, this post has appeared in which some homemade masks for the hair and for the skin, prepared using the gel of the Aloe vera plant are suggested. If you have one of these plants in your yard you can try it! Tell us about your results. Thanks for sharing.
Dear Helena Sousa!
The history of Aloe vera is ancient and is referred to in the literature of diverse cultures as you can see.
1. Before actually addressing your issue I refer you to some contraindications and side effects of oral use of Aloe vera.
- Due to the presence of anthraquinones, oral ingestion during pregnancy is not advised since its stimulatory effect on the large intestine can cause uterine contractions leading to miscarriage.
- On the other hand, the same component - anthraquinones - if ingested in excess, triggers severe diarrhea, cramps, nausea and, consequently, loss of electrolytes which results in cardiac and neuromuscular dysfunction, especially if the patient already makes use of cardiac glycosides, diuretics or antiarrhythmics. It may also lead to dehydration.
- Cases of acute hepatitis have also been reported. The first report was made in Germany by Rabe et al. (2005) reported the case of a 57-year-old woman who had ingesting bars containing 500 mg of Aloe vera extract for four weeks had symptoms such as jaundice, pruritus, and abdominal pain. Other cases of nausea, fatigue due to misuse of Aloe vera intake.
- In addition to its toxicity, some symptoms such as colic and nausea after consumption of oral preparations, unduly, containing Aloe vera were observed.
As in everything, it is necessary to use the products properly, with their weight and measure and, in cases of diseases or more serious pathologies, consult a health professional of the corresponding area.
- With respect to topical application, it is added to this list of side effects that there have been reports in the literature of contact dermatitis and burning sensation caused by the topical use of Aloe vera gel. These reactions are probably due to the presence of anthraquinone residues in the gel used (Horgan, 1988; WHO, 1999).
2. As regards the collection of the gel, the following must be taken into account:
- Aloe vera takes four to five years to reach maturity and its leaves can be divided into two parts.
- From the outer part can extract a juice, which when concentrated and dry is called Aloe. this sap flows spontaneously from the cut leaves and has a dark brown color, besides a very bitter taste and a very intense smell.
- Seasonal and culture changes may affect gel composition.
- Polysaccharide levels, one of the active components, for example, are lower in well-irrigated plants.
- The processing of the leaves should also be done soon after the harvest, because the gel quickly oxidizes when it comes in contact with the air.
3. To extract the gel from the plant Aloe vera:
- In order for the gel to be in its ideal state for collection and with good characteristics, water the plant every day five days before collection.
- Cut three sheets or as many as you need to extract the gel.
- Remove the side spines.
- VERY IMPORTANT:Place the leaves in water for at least 24 hours. Change the water for 4 to 4 hours so that each rod releases a substance known as aloin, which can be toxic.
- After 24 hours, remove the feet from the water and extract the pulp.
- Open the sheet sideways with a knife, or peel the sheet only on one side.
- Extract the gel by scraping the inside of the sheet with a spoon. (* Note: You can freeze this gel, cut to cubes, for a period of 3 to 4 months, to use later.)
- Add a few drops of lemon juice and wheat germ oil, whose function is to enhance its properties thanks to its content of vitamin E and other antioxidants.
- Then beat the mixture at a medium-high speed on the mixer until a thick white cream is obtained. You can do this by using a blender.
- Finally, store the preparation in a hermetically sealed glass vial and store it in the refrige
4. Whatever the purpose of using the gel, spread as much as you deem necessary to the affected region. The application should be repeated three times a week to notice the difference in a short time.
That said, here are some homemade mixtures for Aloe vera applications as you suggested us in your question.
5. Anti Aging Aloe Vera and Cucumber Amalgam for Face
Mixing cucumber with Aloe vera gives rise to a powerful and economical anti-aging cream.
- ½ cup saline (https://mipmed.com/index.php?_route_=irrigation-physiological-saline-ecolav-b-braun-1l.html&search=soro&description=true).
- ½ cup of seedless cucumber.
- ½ cup of aloe vera gel.
- To liquefy / grind in a mixing bowl (https://mipmed.com/index.php?_route_=mixing-bowl-13-cm-in-diameter.html&search=button&description=true) all ingredients until they are a smooth paste.
- You can add vitamin E (1 capsule). It is optional.
- Store in a refrigerator in a glass jar with a lid.
Mode of use:
- At night, before bed, wash your face thoroughly with mild soap and water, or as mild as possible.
- Apply the gel to the desired areas with a brush or wooden spatula (https://mipmed.com/index.php?route=product/search&search=esp%C3%A1tulas&description=true), and sleep with the gel in order to ensure good penetration and action time.
- In the morning, remove the gel from the face by rinsing it thoroughly with warm water.
6. Aloe vera and lemon facial mask for acne
This easy-to-perform mask has the power to lighten the skin. If applied regularly, it can help reduce the appearance of acne scars. The following recipe is for one use. For a larger amount, the ingredients are proportionally increased. Aloe vera can be refrigerated for approximately one week.
- A large stem of aloe vera.
- 1/4 tsp lemon juice - If you have sensitive skin, reduce to 2-3 drops (prevents acne and diminishes the appearance of acne-related scars).
- 1/2 teaspoon honey (provides natural antibacterial and probiotic properties).
- Cut a large leaf from the base of the plant.
- Squeeze the sap into a mixing bowl (https://mipmed.com/index.php?_route_=mixing-bowl-13-cm-in-diameter.html&search=bowl&description=true), extracting as much as possible.
- On a cutting board, remove the prickly edges. Slice the center and remove all the gel by adding it.
- Mix with a spatula (https://mipmed.com/index.php?_route_=mixing-spatula.html&search=esp%C3%A1tula&description=true) the preparation with lemon juice and raw honey.
Mode of use:
- Apply to face and neck, massaging the skin.
- Leave for 15 minutes and then rinse.
- You can apply two to three times a week.
7. Applying Aloe Vera Gel to Close the Pores
The pores are small openings in the skin that allow you to breathe and can grow as you get older. Enlarged pores look really unpleasant for their appearance. You can try using Aloe vera to close large pores.
Mode of use:
Apply some fresh Aloe vera gel on your face and let it act overnight, then wash your face with warm water in the morning. This will keep the skin hydrated and also close the pores, removing excess oil and dirt from the skin. In the morning use a moisturizer such as ATL moisturizer (https://mipmed.com/index.php?_route_=atl-moisturizing-cream-100g.html&search=creme&description=true).
8. Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hair Mask
To moisturize your hair you can use this very easy to apply mask.
- Squeeze Aloe vera pulp from a leaf into the mixing bowl ((https://mipmed.com/index.php?_route_=mixing-bowl-13-cm-in-diameter.html&search=tigela&description=true)
- Mix the gel with sweet almond oil (https://mipmed.com/index.php?_route_=sweet-almond-oil-500ml.html&search=%20 almonds%20doces&description=true) to make the preparation more oily.
Mode of use:
- Apply in circular motions throughout the hair.
- Leave for 10 minutes.
- Wash witha shampoo containing preferably Aloe vera.
9. Aloe Vera Mask to Promote Hair Growth
Mode of use:
- Apply Aloe vera pulp directly to the scalp.
- Leave for an hour.
- Wash your hair with an herbal shampoo to help impart shine and elasticity.
10. Aloe vera pulp shaving gel
- ¾ a cup of Aloe vera pulp.
- ¼ crushed coconut oil
- 7 drops of lavender essence
- 10 drops of rosehip rose oil (https://mipmed.com/index.php?_route_=rosoquette&search=mosqueta&description=true).
Catarina Vilela (nurse)