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HEALTH/BEAUTY: Aloe Vera

The uses of aloe vera are plentiful and wonderful, it’s no wonder the plant has been used by humans for over a thousand years. The uses are both medicinal and cosmetic:

Hair growth and conditioning- full of natural vitamins and enzymes, aloe vera promotes healthy hair. Massage in a small amount of aloe vera gel, leave for a couple of minutes, rinse off and wash hair as normal.

A quick and easy source of loads of vitamins and minerals- aloe vera contains Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid and more. Add a teaspoon of aloe vera juice to your smoothie for a healthy boost.

Removing make-up- aloe vera is often an ingredient in commercial make-up removers but you can also use the straight-up natural gel to get rid of those panda eyes. 

Skin and sunburn soother- one of the most well-known uses for the succulent plant, aloe contains antiseptics and moisturising oils to help care for irritated skin, most famously acne and sunburn.

Last but not least, aloe vera plants can be bought from your local farmer’s market, replanted into cute pots, and put on your windowsill or hung from your ceiling to add some happy and healthy plant vibes to your room.

Disclaimer: although many people feel the benefits of aloe vera, there can be side effects for some people and there is no conclusive scientific proof behind these benefits

Written by Eleanor Jerome

Photography by Unknown and Sophie Kirk respectively