Aloe vera is amazing. So is lavender essential oil. Both plant-based natural remedies appear to have an affinity for the skin. That’s probably why they’re often included in DIY skin healing recipes.
Aloe vera and lavender oil are both considered good for healing burns. In fact, one famous case involving a French chemist brought lavender oil into the spotlight. In the early 1900’s, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse suffered serious burns on his hands. So he plunged his hands into a vat of lavender oil. This resulted in quick healing, with very minimal scarring, according to various published reports.
So lavender oil is one of my go-to remedies for burns. Mixing lavender with aloe vera gel is an excellent idea. That way, you receive the potential healing benefits of two different plants. Herbalists believe this creates a positive synergy, making the individual components more powerful.
Aloe Vera Gel and Lavender Essential Oil
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Aloe and lavender are now found in various natural skincare products. Fortunately, a growing number of non-toxic cosmetics and personal care items have come onto the market. These are an excellent alternative to the more widely available chemical concoctions we’ve been conditioned to use.
One problem with many commercial cosmetics is a class of compounds known as parabens. These are added as preservatives. However, they’re considered hormone disruptors. Parabens mimic the female hormone estrogen. So there’s concern they can stimulate breast cancer. But even if this fear is unfounded, it’s still not a good idea to use a hormone disruptor on our skin. That’s because anything we put on our body is readily absorbed into the bloodstream.
This is one reason I’d much rather use plant-based products. Another is that natural botanical ingredients do wonders for my skin. They give it a healthy glow. Chemicals don’t do this, at least for me.
Aloe Vera Gel With Essential Oil
The only drawbacks to all natural cosmetics is that they’re not widely available ,compared to regular drugstore cosmetics. They also tend to be pricier. However, I consider this money very well spent, if it means avoiding parabens and sulfates.
Sulfates are another class of chemicals to avoid, partly because they’re very irritating. For instance, the skin around my mouth stopped flaking once I switched to sulfate-free washes and moisturizers.
When I first cleaned out my cosmetics, and threw away those potentially toxic products, I started ordering all natural replacements. Then, I learned how easy it is to make my own cosmetics. In fact, recently, I even made my own mascara with beeswax, shea butter, activated charcoal and a couple of other ingredients.
So you can easily make your own aloe vera gel and lavender essential oil recipe. If you don’t own either of these, and can’t find them locally, they’re available online.
DIY Aloe Vera Beauty Products
I need to be careful to make claims or promises about any particular product or natural remedy. So I’ll limit the discussion to what aloe and lavender are commonly used for. They’re very popular skin remedies. So they’re often used for acne, eczema, dry irritated skin and various rashes.
As I mentioned earlier, lavender essential oil is considered a good burn remedy. This is the one thing I reach for when I burn myself cooking. I also keep a bottle of aloe vera juice in the refrigerator, because it’s so versatile. This is something I could also use for burns.
You can add aloe gel or lavender oil to DIY body butters. (Here’s a really easy recipe, if you need one.) Just make sure to use a little more shea butter to balance out the more liquid-like gel. Or, you can create a more liquid remedy that can be applied directly to your skin, or used in a glass spray bottle. (Essential oils will eat away at plastic.) Anyway, here’s a really easy recipe.
1/3 cup of alcohol free witch hazel. This is also considered a good skin soother, and can only add to the synergistic effect. (If you can’t find it locally, it’s available here.)
2/3 cup of aloe vera gel (It’s available here)
1/3 cup of rosehip seed oil (It’s available here)
15 drops of lavender essential oil (It’s available here)
Mix these ingredients together and put them in a clean glass jar or a clean glass spray bottle. Store this mixture away from heat and light.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils or herbal remedies unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.