Aloe Vera plant

How to use Aloe Vera

Before considering how to use Aloe Vera it is essential to ensure you have Good quality Aloe Vera. Without this the directions given here may be of little use if you expect to see any benefits.

How to use Aloe Vera on the skin

Most creams, soaps and lotions that contain Aloe Vera have such a small amount that they can be used just like any other product. However, if you have the raw gel or a product where Aloe Vera is the first ingredient you should note the following.

A short home made video from YouTube showing Aloe Vera gel extracted from the leaf and applied to the skin as well as advice on how to drink the juice

As a natural product the skin absorbs Aloe Vera quickly and has extraordinary penetrative qualities which draw it into the membrane.

This is opposed to oil based products which sit on the skin. As such use Aloe Vera or the Aloe Vera product first. Placed on top of an oil based product the skin will not be able to absorb it and placed on top of other creams it may draw their ingredients into the skin causing an allergic reaction. See Aloe Vera side effects

Aloe skin products that contain alcohol should also be avoided. The alcohol evaporates quickly taking with it both the skin's natural moisture and the water content in Aloe Vera which makes up an essential part of the way it works.

How to take Aloe Vera orally

Aloe Vera as a drink is extremely popular and widely available although good quality Aloe Vera is not. Some people drink up to a litre a day and treat it simply as any other vegetable juice, which to some extent it is. But if you have never drunk Aloe Vera before it is best to start slowly and check for side effects. Start with a tablespoon two or three times a day, at least 30 minutes before meals and once last thing at night. Then increase the amount you drink gradually.

Note that some people never go beyond their daily tablespoons and the amount you drink is very much up to you and depends greatly on what you want to achieve.

With animals the same advice applies - start with a small dose which can be gradually increased

Aloe Vera by injection

The answer is don't. Aloe Vera by injection has been known to cause death and serious illness. Such products are illegal in the United Kingdom and the United States but you may be offered them while abroad.