Aloe heals skin faster if it is kept moist. If you are using fresh aloe leaf gel on your face or body to help heal blemishes, burns and scars, try keeping it wet by spritzing yourself with Rosewater. The aloe will begin to feel tight on your skin when it gets too dry, so just spritz it with a little rosewater and massage it into the gel. Not only does it feel amazing, but it will help your skin heal so much faster.
•About 5 tea bags of any black tea (I like earl grey because it smells nice)
•About 3 leaf things from an aloe plant
•A container that holds about a liter of water
Boil the aloe leaves in about a liter water for about 10 minutes or until you think the water has mixed with enough aloe. Take out the leaves if you want clean up to be a little easier but if you want to bathe with the leaves go for it. Wait for the water to cool and pour it into a container and add the tea bags. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. Run a bath and add this mixture in with it and leave the tea bags in there too. Take as long of a bath as you wish and rinse everything off when you’re done.
This works so well to relieve sunburns and make it fade faster. The tannin in the tea works wonders for burns. If you have any spots that are worse than others you can just press the tea bags on it and make a compress. I hope y'all get as much use out of this as I do!
Inside a temporary winter protection structure at the Ruth Bancroft Garden, near San Francisco.
The first image includes an old fan-shaped tree Aloe plicatilis with numerous other succulents in a pseudo-habitat setting. I think the plastic tarp keeps them a little warmer, but mostly keeps them from getting waterlogged during our rainy season.