6 Fabulous Home Remedies Made from Aloe Vera Stems

23 January, 2020
We can use everything in an aloe vera stem apart from the thorns and the yellowy sap. When we include it in our cosmetics it can boost our hydration and nutrition intake.
 

Aloe vera stems can be easily used in various ways. It can be used to prepare everything from hair masks to moisturising drinks.

Many people believe that every household in the world should have at least one aloe vera plant. Not only because the plant’s very easy to maintain, but also because it can be useful in different areas.

For centuries, this plant has been used in various areas, although today the most common thing is to find it as a main ingredient in different cosmetic products, for skin care.

Aloe vera: a very useful plant

Ancient civilizations already used this plant: Egyptians, Greeks and Romans knew the healing properties of aloe vera. The variety we use the most is Aloe barbadensis miller, as there are about 250 varieties of this type.

With time, its use expanded from the desert climates in which it originated to any in which it can survive. It can be grown at home, requiring a good clay container, and flourishes in temperatures above 10 degrees and dry environments.

Known for its thick, fleshy green leaves with thorns, aloe vera gel can be extracted by cutting one of the leaves crosswise. The various chemical components of this plant, such as aloin, mucilage or phytosterols, make it a very interesting crop.

Do you want to know more? Read: How to Use Aloe Vera to Treat Diabetes

Ways of making use of aloe vera

Aloe Vera stem in a glass
 

Aloe vera stems can be used in several ways to improve the appearance of your hair or to maintain it. To get the gel, you need to:

  • Cut off one of the stems at the base. It is best if it is one of the leaves that is closest to the ground and outside the plant. Choose the ones that look best for this.
  • Wash it well under running water and carefully remove the thorns from the sides.
  • When cut transversely and remove the gel from the inside with a spoon.
  • This product can be placed in a container or jar and stored for a few days (maximum 15) in the refrigerator.

Another option to take advantage of the nutrients of the aloe vera stalk is to make a juice:

  • To do this, the entire leaf is used, except for the thorns and the yellow sap.
  • The rest is chopped into small pieces and passed through a blender glass together with 1 litre of water.
  • It is recommended to consume it freshly made, although you can keep it a couple of days in the fridge.

Home recipes with aloe vera

One of the most widely used components in beauty products (creams, lotions, gels, shampoo, etc.) can become an important ally in the home.

1. Aloe vera lemonade

To enjoy a refreshing and unusual drink, you can use a stalk of aloe vera to make lemonade.

Ingredients

  • 1 stem of aloe vera
  • Lemon juice (to taste)
  • Water (the amount necessary)
  • Honey (optional)

Preparation

  • Take the aloe vera stalk, open it and clean it as we told you before.
  • Once you have the gel ready to use, place it in the blender along with the water.
 
  • Squeeze the lemon juice over the gel in the blender.
  • Cover and blend for 1 minute to blend everything.
  • Taste and, if you wish, add a touch of honey to sweeten the lemonade a little.
  • Serve and consume.

2. Aloe vera juice

Using aloe vera stems to make infusions

This home remedy can help the intestinal transit, complement your daily hydration, and freshen your breath.

Consult your doctor before taking this remedy if you are suffering from mouth sores.

Ingredients

  • 1 aloe vera stalk
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey (optional)

Preparation

  • Extract the aloe gel.
  • Place the two ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass jar or container and refrigerate.
  • Once cold, drink in moderation.
  • You can add a touch of honey if you wish.

3. Aloe vera and coconut oil

This is an excellent home remedy for the hair to give it back its shine, silkiness, and health. According to some, it also acts on the scalp, hydrates the skin and can prevent hair loss.

Ingredients

  • 1 aloe vera stalk
  • 3 small tsp of coconut oil or almond oil

Preparation

  • Firstly, cut the aloe vera stalk in half and extract the gel.
  • Then mix it with the oil of your choice (coconut or almond).
 
  • Put it in a normal shampoo bottle.
  • Wash your hair as usual.
  • Finally, don’t forget to give your hair a final rinse with cold water to close the hair follicles and so prevent frizz.

4. Aloe vera, honey, and lemon

Aloe vera and honey drink.

If you’d like to try a different type of drink, which will help your digestive processes, then here’s a good option.

Ingredients

  • 1 aloe vera stalk
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Water

Preparation

  • Firstly, extract the gel from the aloe vera and wash it well
  • Squeeze the lemon and keep the juice
  • Put a cup of water in the microwave to heat
  • Add the honey and stir to dissolve
  • When the water’s warm, add the lemon juice and aloe vera
  • Stir it well
  • Drink in moderation

See this article: 8 Moisturizing Hair Masks Made with Honey

5. Aloe vera, egg and honey

This is another home remedy for the hair based on aloe vera that leaves the hair shiny and silky. It is ideal for eliminating split ends and nourishing the hair fully.

Ingredients

  • An aloe vera stalk
  • 4 tsp of honey
  • An egg (if you have very long hair you’ll need 2 eggs)

Preparation

  • Firstly, cut one of the aloe vera stems off the plant and then cut it horizontally.
 
  • Then extract the gel and place it in a container.
  • After that, add the honey and pre-beaten eggs (beaten to a foam)
  • Mix gently until you have a uniform cream. Put to one side.
  • Wash your hair as usual.
  • Then apply this mask to the scalp with circular movements.
  • Continue through the hair, from the roots to the ends.
  • Finally, leave it to act for 30 minutes then rinse with cold water.
  • Repeat 3 times a week.

Conclusion

Remember that, to have healthy and strong hair, not only should you apply homemade masks and use the right products for your hair type, but you should also maintain a good diet. If you have any doubts about eating a healthy diet, consult a nutritionist.

When it comes to skin care, you should always follow your dermatologist’s instructions. Especially if you suffer from acne, atopic dermatitis, or have very sensitive skin.

Drinks with aloe vera are an alternative that you can easily prepare at home, but remember to always consume them in moderation, as this plant has laxative effects that can cause you pain, cramps, diarrhea and other discomforts.

 
  • Surjushe, A., Vasani, R., & Saple, D. (2008). Aloe vera: A short review. Indian Journal of Dermatology. https://doi.org/10.4103/0019-5154.44785