Aloe vera gel: storage and use

Aloe vera gel is used in herbal medicine and cosmetics, and has many health benefits. How to use it on the skin? Poetry ? do it yourself Can we drink it? Tips and precautions with Sabine Monoor, Physiotherapy.

What is aloe vera gel?

Aloe vera is one of the functional foods Foods with superpowers that work on our beauty and health according to its use. “The part where we find the medicinal benefits of aloe vera is Jelly, which is in his paperexplains a naturopath who warns: “Be careful to use the right type because there are over 300 types… The thing that interests us today isaloe barbadensis miller, It is more commonly known as Aloe Vera and has been called the plant of immortality since the time of the Pharaohs.Shade Sabine Monoyor.

Can I use pure aloe vera gel?

Yes, it can be used pure, because the pulp of aloe vera is vegetable waterbut Take care to extract only the inner part of the plant, Because The surrounding bark is relatively poisonous Because of its aloin content, it is very irritating to the body. The part where we find the medicinal benefits of aloe vera is the gel in its leaf.Physiotherapy warns. This gel is a mucilage, that is, a plant substance that swells upon contact with water. “When you pick the cactus you like best, Make sure the gel contains at least 99% organic aloe vera, preferably bearing an IASC poster. For internal use, Aloe Vera must be purchased fromThe natural state, without transformation and obtained by cold riveting. Also, beware of the word “pulp” appearing on the packaging, as it is a regulated term that guarantees the quality and content of the product. If you see the reference to ‘juice’, ‘extract’, ‘based on’…it is often a whole leaf of aloe vera that has been crushed, dried and then rehydrated, and therefore should be avoided”she completes.

Here are our experts’ recommendations:

→ in Custom Serum: Morning and evening, with an essential oil adapted to your skin type. (Ask your physical therapist for advice on which EO you need.) Its pH similar to that of our skin makes it an excellent daily care product. It also has a tensing effect, and is perfect in the morning for a fresh boost.

moisturizer : 3 cc of aloe vera gel + 1 cc of vegetable oil of your choice (hazelnut, sweet almond, jojoba…).

sunstrokeAnd the Insect bite, itch : Take a good amount of aloe vera gel and add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil in case it stings. Apply the gel locally to relieve sunburn/burn or stinging.

radiance mask : 2 cc of aloe vera gel + 2 cc of honey. Apply and leave for 30 minutes.

cleansing gel : Aloe vera gel + sweet almond oil (30 ml) + 10 ml of organic rose water + lavender essential oil (5 drops). Mix the oil with aloe vera gel, then add the floral water little by little and add drops of HE. Use a small whisk for a more even consistency.

→ Used in hair care, aloe vera It strengthens and moisturizes our hair. Warm a good walnut in your hands and apply it to all of your lengths. => Leave it on for at least 1/2 hour.

→ in case Itching / redness / dandruff On the scalp: => Massage your scalp with this gel, it will soothe you.

→ to get Small “detox” of the scalp Mix 4 tablespoons of gel with 1 teaspoon of baking soda, then apply this mixture to your hair. => Make very slow circular motions with your fingers for ten minutes, as if you are peeling the skin, then rinse and shampoo.

After shaving / hair removal Apply aloe vera gel immediately after hair removal for a refreshing and soothing effect.

daily care : Just as for the face, associated with vegetable oil, your gel works synergistically with it. Thus they will combine the advantages of moisturizing one and nourishing the other.

Can you drink aloe vera gel?

“Yes, but beware of the quality! For all digestive disorders gel is preferred that goes down slower and acts as a bandage. Drinking aloe vera gel should be as pure as possible with a little juice/water if needed”, Sabine Monuyeur warns. Dosage Take a small cup daily in the morning on an empty stomach for 3 weeks. The Aloe vera pulp is taken at least more than 3 monthsBecause it works in 3 stages:

  • Cleans the body (detox)
  • It activates it
  • She is controlling him

“If the laxative effect is too great, the dose is adjusted and gradually increased. It is good not to take more than 4 tablespoons per day. Be sure to drink well during the treatment because aloe vera is a great detoxifier and the water will help in this. Detoxing” , The specialist adds.

Our expert recommends paying attention to the following points:

  • Do not have to cactus Don’t be pasteurized nor should Does not contain preservatives Such as E202 (potassium sorbate), E211 (sodium benzoate) or citric acid.
  • The IASC . label (International Science Council) ensures that the gel is stabilized once restored to fight oxidation. This label guarantees strict control to combat the presence of pesticides, heavy metals and pathogens.
  • There may be gelling agents such as guar gum or xanthan, but any thing else.
  • must be aloof free (maximum 0.1 mg/kg).
  • The product must consist ofAt least 95% aloe vera gel.

Making and storing aloe vera gel

Beware of home recipes made from aloe vera! DGCCRF recommends Extra caution for people who use and consume fresh aloe vera leaf products. Should Remove the outer part and any presence of latex from the aloe vera leaf for Consume only the gel It is located in the center of the sheet. As a precautionary measure, the Directorate General of International Cooperation and the Directorate General of Health have recommended that fresh aloe vera leaves, including gel, should be avoided by children, pregnant and lactating women and vulnerable people. for storage: Like any ‘homemade’ preparation, preservation will not be very long (about 10 days), you like it Prepare smaller amounts regularly. However, you can freeze it. To preserve it better, you can add vitamin C and E (natural preservatives), or about 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract. You’ll always keep it in the fridge, as the cactus turns (gets unnaturally dark) in contact with heat! “, Refers to Sabine Monyoire.

schematic diagram of aloe vera leaves © Ministry of Health

Work precautions

DGCCRF recommends Extra caution for people who use and consume fresh aloe vera leaf products. Should Remove the outer part and any presence of latex from the aloe vera leaf for Consume only the gel It is located in the center of the sheet. As a precautionary measure, the Directorate General of Climate Surveillance and the General Administration of Health also recommendAvoid consumption of fresh aloe vera leaves, including gel, by children, pregnant and lactating women, and frail people. If you have any disease or disorder, seek the advice of your doctor or physical therapist before taking aloe vera gel, especially if it is an gastrointestinal or heart disorder.

Thanks to Sabine Monnoyeur, Physiotherapist in Paris.

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