The Aloe Vera plant is considered a miraculous plant with a lot of healing properties and has been used for ages in beauty and healthcare industry. It is used widely in a lot of hair and skin products.
Ever tasted the juice? Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrk!! I remember one of my grandmas’ used to cultivate it in our backyard and made all sorts of concoctions out of it for both internal and external use. That was some years back when I only used to watch in awe and never really cared to know about the properties of the plant. I thought it was for the elderly and though I heard young ladies used it for pimples and acne or as a facial scrub, I didn’t want to have much to do with it because of the bitter taste it left on your fingers when you harvested it!!
I recently learnt that the bitter taste is from the outer surface and not the juice itself! Tried and tested and proven to be true by moi. Though the juice can be ingested, I am more interested in the external use of Aloe Vera juice or gel on the hair for now.Now I looooooooooooooooove Aloe Vera and I’ve been using it for my hair for some months now. Some benefits of Aloe Vera for hair summarised are:
Check out my picture story of how I made my Homemade Aloe Vera Gel.....Part 1. I will roll out the recipes after a week when you're sure to have made your own batch or bought some from the stores.
|After washing the leaves, I cut them off the roots and into smaller pieces for easier handling. I use old pans and bowls cos there is a bitter taste in the green part of the leaf.|
|I then slice it open along the bottom side.|
|I am very careful to slice as close to the edge as possible.|
|I then use a spoon to scoop the pulp.|
|I leave none to waste...i scoop as much as i can from the leaf....lol!|