Aloe Vera, The “First Aid” Plant

All About Aloe Vera

 

Aloe Vera Properties

Aloe Vera Is:

·       Anti-inflammatory
·       Antibacterial
·       Antifungal
·       Antiviral
·       Antioxidant

Aloe Vera plants produce a variety of substances with antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antioxidant properties; Aloe Vera made the list of superfoods and super herbs!

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For thousands of years, people have used the gel from aloe vera leaves for healing and softening the skin. Aloe Vera is the “First Aid” plant.  The gel inside the Aloe Vera leaves is soothing & has incredible, natural, skin care properties!

Aloe Vera plants provide high amounts of vitamins and minerals; its leaf is filled with a gel containing at least 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, & 18 amino acids.

Aloe Vera produces at least six natural antiseptics, which are able to kill mold, bacteria, funguses, and viruses.  Learn about  ways to put your magical Aloe Vera plant to use after splitting the leaves lengthwise down the middle.

Aloe Vera Recipes

Exfoliate dry skin by mixing two tbsp. each Aloe Vera gel and organic brown sugar with two tsp. lemon juice

Mix equal parts of Aloe Vera gel with lemon juice to decrease dark spots and brighten skin. Aloe Vera can decrease pigmentation

Make a homemade burn healer by mixing 1/4 cup each Aloe vera gel and liquid Calendula with a few drops of vitamin E oil & Lavender Essential oil. Store in a little, airtight jar. Give Aloe Vera as gifts, share Aloe Vera with friends & family!

Soft feet! Get rid of Eczema!  Exfoliate feet, knees and elbows with a mixture of 1/2 c. each oatmeal, four tbsp. Aloe Vera gel, and 1/2 c. coconut oil

White flakes? Reduce hair dandruff by mixing Aloe Vera juice with coconut milk and wheat germ oil. Massage into scalp and rinse.

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Uses for Aloe Vera

Shaving – Replace shaving cream and use Aloe Vera gel; soothe razor burn and save money & your skin!

Dandruff – White flakes? Reduce hair dandruff by mixing aloe vera juice with coconut milk and wheat germ oil. Massage into scalp and rinse.

Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.

Athlete’s Foot – Relieve athlete’s foot by mixing Aloe Vera Gel with a drop or two of Tea Tree essential oil; it works!!

Frizz – helps smooth away those pesky static-frizzed hairs. Simply rub a bit of coconut oil in your hand and swipe over your hair

Burns, poison ivy, and blisters – Aloe Vera contains cooling properties similar to menthol. Combine with Lavender or Peppermint essential oils for a dual benefit!

Healing – apply to cuts, sores, and other skin infections;  Aloe Vera has excellent antibacterial properties

Make up remover – save your money while healing your skin!

Beauty – Apply straight Aloe vera gel to skin to reduce age lines, remove scars and stretch marks; Cleopatra did!

Shower – Rub the inner sides of a cut Aloe Vera leaf on skin to use as a shower scrub (slice the aloe leaves lengthwise and use the inner sides)

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Hair – Stimulate hair growth & say goodbye to frizzy hair by massaging aloe into the scalp and hair; leave on for as long as possible, at least half an hour.
Aloe Vera restores for silky smooth and promotes growth.  Aloe Vera keeps hair well moisturized, combating the heat from styling appliances.
Moisturizer – simply scoop some out and apply; Aloe Vera absorbs quickly

Allergies, rashes – Relieve itching due to allergies and rashes or take the sting & itch out of insect bites (fight back! grow Citronella & Lemongrass plants in pots where you gather outside to keep those bugs away!)

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Aloe Vera Sugar Lemon Scrub Recipe

Mixing Aloe Vera gel, lemon juice or essential oil and organic brown sugar makes for an energizing exfoliation experience! Want a healthy glow?

Stir Aloe Vera gel, organic brown sugar and Lemon Essential Oil or juice together and ta-da!

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Homemade Burn Healer Recipe

Make a homemade burn healer by mixing 1/4 cup each Aloe vera gel and liquid Calendula with a few drops of vitamin E oil & Lavender Essential oil. Store in an airtight jar.

DIY Homemade Burn Healer
Jar
1/4 cup Aloe Vera gel
1/4 cup Calendula liquid
Few drops of Vitamin E oil
Few drips of Lavender Essential Oil

Give as gifts, share with friends & family!

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Oatmeal Coconut Aloe Scrub

Soft feet! Get rid of Eczema!

Exfoliate feet, knees and elbows with a mixture of  1/2 c. Oatmeal
4 tbsp. Aloe Vera gel
1/2 c. Coconut Oil

Aloe Vera’s healing properties repair skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and rosacea, as well

Relieve athlete’s foot by mixing Aloe Vera Gel with a drop or two of Tea Tree essential oil; it works!!

I hope you enjoyed this post!!!  Have a sparkling day!
Vanessa
vmbsrm@mindbodysoulessentials.com
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Calendula, Calendula, Calendula

They should make a song about Calendula.  Or maybe they already have.  It should be catchy and light and fancy free.  Simply put, Calendula ROCKS.

Calendula is is a beautiful flower, when looked upon brings a smile to your face.  An even bigger smile should appear when you find out that it is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial – among other things.

Look at this gorgeous creature

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Calendula Powder, Flowers, Oil can be fund to purchase at Mind Body Soul Essentials!

Calendula has been used medicinally for centuries to heal wounds, burns and rashes, internally and externally. Calendula flowers have also been used traditionally to support the immune system and lift the spirits.

Calendula flowers, are also known as Calendula officinalis, Gold-bloom, Marigold, Marybud and Pot Marigold.

The resin, which forms at the green base of the Calendula flower head, are an important part of calendula’s healing. If you are buying calendula, make sure it has a bright yellow or orange color, which is a good measure of its freshness and medicinal quality.

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Therapeutic Properties: Anti-inflammatory to skin and mucosa, Lymphagogue (moves lymph), promotes healing of damaged tissue, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, stimulates menstrual flow, warming, drying, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial

Topical Uses: poultice, compress, infused oil and salve. Dilute tincture with water (1 part tincture to 3 parts water) for topical use.

Common Uses: Rashes, stings, wounds, burns, sunburns, abrasions, swellings, eczema, acne, surgical wounds, scrapes, chicken pox, cold sores, genital herpes sores, and as a douche for bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection and cervical dysplasia.

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Calendula Inspiring Information

Calendula tea is commonly used to help heal peptic ulcers, esophageal irritation from GERD, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Calendula may be called upon for grief and sadness along with other cheering flowers: rose, mimosa and lavender.

Gargle for sore throat, canker sores, periodontal disease, thrush, sore and bleeding gums.

Calendula helps heal inflammation from infection or irritation through its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial actions.

Used for poor immunity, respiratory infection, to help prevent infection through stimulating the lymphatic system.

Helpful herbal companions, Lemon Balm and Lemon Verbena.

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How to Make Calendula Infused Oil Recipe

Put calendula flowers into a mason jar. Cover calendula to the top of the jar with olive oil, stir slowly to relase air bubbles and cover tightly. Let sit for two weeks to infuse. Remember, the long it sits, the stronger the infusion. Drain with a cheescloth and ta-da! You’ve made an herbal infusion! Now store the covered jar in a cool, dark place.
You can also put fresh petals in a jar of oil in the sun for two weeks to create a solar-infused oil.

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How to Make Calendula Salve Recipe

To create a calendula salve, blend four parts infused oil and one part melted bees wax. Or combine four parts cocoa butter, shea butter, or a combination with one part beeswax and one part oil. Definately adjust the amount of oil and beeswax to create the consistency you want. According to renown herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, salves are made by adding ¼ cup of beeswax to one cup of infused oil. Heat until the beeswax has melted.
Pour into a wide jar and cover. This mixture will thicken into a salve that you can use for burns and abrasions. It is also useful for diaper rash and other skin ailments.

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How to Make Calendula Tea Recipe
Calendula tea is so easy to make. Put a couple of teaspoons of calendula petals in an infuser ball and pour a cup of boiling water over it; steep for 7-10 minutes. Drink up for tummy aches or use the tea to make a hot or cold compress.

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Making your own herbal products gives you control over the ingredients you chose to put in or on your body. Experiment, experiment, experiment!!  Add other herbs to your salves and infusions.

 

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How you can use Flower Waters (Hydrosols)

Create a relaxed state of mind...

How you can use Flower Waters (Hydrosols)

 

Spritz yourself with Flower Waters to cool off, soothe a hot flash, relieve sunburn pain or itching, bolster concentration and wakefulness, or brighten a dull mood,

Add a few cups of Flower Waters to bathwater,

Spritz Flower Waters on face over makeup, on hair for set and scent, and fingernails to maintain health and growth,

Add a few drops of Flower Waters to your creams and lotions to benefit from the plant’s healing and soothing properties,

Many hydrosols are natural airborne disinfectants. Use Flower Waters to disinfect your hands, clean the air, or make homemade wet wipes,

Air Fresheners: Use Flower Waters to add both natural fragrance and healthy, botanical substances to your indoor air,

Flower Waters are free of the cancerous or toxic synthetic chemicals found in most air fresheners,

Spray Flower Waters in dryer before putting in clothes,

Spray Flower Waters on clothes during ironing,

Use Flower Waters as a linen sprays on sheets

Aromatherapy Flower Waters

Jasmine Flower Water

Lavender Flower Water

Orange Blossom Flower Water

Roman Chamomile Flower Water

Rose Flower Water

Ylang Ylang Flower Water

 

“Look in the perfume of flowers and of nature for peace of mind and joy of life.”
-Wang Wei

Create a relaxed state of mind…

Aromatherapy waters have been used as a natural healing alternative for centuries to harness the combined power hidden in essential oils extracted from flowers, herbs, fruits, plants and trees.

Aromatherapy Products and Aromatherapy Supplies

Flower Waters are lovely fragrances ~pleasantly aromatic and not overbearing~
Naturally made with 100% Pure Essential Oils and distilled water
Enjoyed for their wonderful aroma, flower waters also provide hydrating and refreshing benefits to the skin. Mist your body, pour into a bath, or use as a natural room freshener. The most popular flower waters, Sweet Rose and fragrant Orange Blossom, are also suitable for food use as delightful additions to desserts, beverages and candies. The other flower waters include relaxing Lavender, calming Chamomile, sensual Jasmine, and alluring Ylang Ylang, each one packaged in a blue cobalt bottle with accompanying mist sprayer.

Ingredients: Distilled water and 100% pure essential oils.

Come check them out! 🙂

Flower Waters Here!

 

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Best Tips and Recipes for Going Green Series

jBr1tv1355309168  It’s simple! Just follow this blog! 🙂 From now until the end of December, daily tips for going green in our life! Going green is cost effective, easy and fun! Why should you be Going Green in your Home? Do you enjoy the smell of Bleach or Synthetic Air Fresheners? Are you cleaning your body on one end (detoxing) by eating right and then bombarding it with toxins on another end by using toxic products in our home? About 98% of store bought products are made with synthetically made chemicals. And we wonder why we are tired of being tired and sick of being sick! Commercial products you are using in your home are not good for our planet and the environment The home products you are using are toxic to your our dogs, cats and…children! Who is Really Winning? The companies who manufacture drugs, cleaning products, paints, insecticides are slowing killing us with toxicity. They care about their bottom line; not our health. I hope you become committed to going green in your home. Do it as a gift to yourself, your children, your animals and your planet! I wish you the best in your life and your home!

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Headache & Belly Aches Be Gone! Drink

Headache & Belly Aches Be Gone! Drink
ingredients:
2 tspn mint or thyme in a tea ball
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 an inch of ginger root
2 Tablespoons of honey (use maple syrup in children under 15 months of age)
32 oz of water
In a small pot add water and ginger root. Bring water almost to a boil. Take pot off of heat. Add tea ball and let steep for 5 mins. Add lemon and honey.
For Iced tea: let the finished tea cool completely before adding ice or putting in the fridge.
Variations: Substitute mint or thyme for chamomile at night. Serve hot.

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Homemade Moisturizing Lotion Recipe

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Homemade Moisturizing Lotion
Learn how simple it is to make your own rich, deeply moisturizing lotion at home. Why pay money to buy expensive lotions and creams to only wreck your skin with chemicals and still have dry skin, leaving you feeling dissatisfied? Some you might already have on hand at home! Customize your lotion with different Essential Oils such as Lavender for relaxation or Peppermint to energize. When it comes to packaging, a jar of homemade lotion tied with a piece of raffia or ribbon makes an inexpensive, yet really cool gift.
What are you waiting for? 
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A great base is Shea Butter and for those of you with really dry skin, the relief Shea Butter provides cannot be beat. Shea Butter is excellent and is used in so many lotions. It has a creamy, moisturizing property that is great for skin and makes a wonderful base for a lotion. Try combining both cocoa and Shea Butters in your lotion for an extra moisturizing cream.  Many different oils can be added to your lotion as well, such as almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, even olive and sesame oils. The bonus is that all of these can be easily purchased here, at Mind Body Soul Essentials! There is still plenty of time to purchase your ingredients and make your lotions for holiday gift giving!
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Make your own double boiler to melt your ingredients.  Use a medium-size bowl that can handle high temperatures (glass) and a cooking pot that is a little larger than your bowl. Fill the pot with a few inches of water. Add your ingredients to the bowl and slowly heat them over low heat. Low heat is the more gentle way to melt your ingredients to get the right fusion. When heating ingredients, the best way is slow and low. Stir the ingredients with a spoon or other utensil, if you need to.

Once your lotion has melted, add a drop or two of your favorite Essential Oil. If you don’t know which Essential Oil you want, go here for Essential Oils and to learn what properties they have and what they smell like.  

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Homemade hand creams with light scents are perfect holiday gifts for friends and family! You can whip up a basic hand cream recipe and then customize each container with its own scent, or use a neutral fragrance on the whole batch. Mix together 1/4 cup beeswax, 1/3 cup avocado butter, 2/3 cup shea butter and 3/4 cup coconut oil in your double broiler over low heat. Mix frequently until completely melted. Remove mixture from heat and let cool for three minutes, stirring frequently. Add 6 drops Rosemary, 4 drops vanilla, 2 drops Lemongrass and 2 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil. Mix well, stirring for at least one full minute. Pour mixture into containers and let cool.

You can buy all of the ingredients here, at Mind Body Soul Essentials (click below)
Coconut Oil
Jojoba Oil
Cocoa Butter
Avocado Oil
Shea Butter

Spearmint Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Sandalwood Essential Oil

or learn about and purchase other Essential Oils here

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To create a healing hand cream with a refreshing aroma, use Spearmint and Eucalyptus Essential Oils. Add 3 tbsp. beeswax, 3 tbsp. coconut oil, 1/3 cup cocoa butter and 1/3 cup jojoba oil to a double-boiler over low heat. Stir frequently until everything has melted completely. Remove mixture from heat and keep stirring slowly for two minutes. Add 7 drops Spearmint and 6 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Mix well, stirring for another full minute. Pour mixture into a clean container and let cool. Makes about 1 cup of hand cream.
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Thank you for reading this!  I hope you make some really terrific lotion!!  And also hope you come to my site, learn about herbs and Essential Oils and feed your need to learn!  Share with your friends!  Or come check us out and like us on Facebook!  You’d be helping me out so much!  Thank you again 🙂

Lemon Essential Oil and All of the Wonderful Things It Can Do for You!

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What can Lemon do for you?

Lemon Essential Oil Uses & Benefits!

Steam inhalation with Lemon Essential Oil – Fill a large bowl or pan with boiling hot water and put in a few drops of lemon essential oil. Place your head over the bowl and then place a towel over your head and the bowl, (kind of like a tent so no steam escapes). Take a few deep breaths, breathing the vapors in deeply for a couple minutes.

Lemon Essential Oil is a disinfectant! Add to a spray bottle of water and spray into the air to deodorize, neutralize, and sterilize the air

For a quick, refreshing energy boost, put a few drops on a cotton ball and inhale!  Or take that cotton ball into your car or keep in your purse

Diffuse for the scent, to disinfect, to neutralize odors and to perk up! Put a few drops in some water and boil on the stove or put a few drops in a diffuser.  Fill the top of the diffuser with water and add a few drop in & light the candle underneath!
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Lemon Essential Oil is machine expressed from the ripe peel of the lemon!
Lemon Essential Oil is an insect repellant!
Lemon Essential Oil is used to fight against oily skin and hair. It also has cleansing properties and is often an ingredient in homemade hair products.If you go into the sun, the Lemon Essential Oil will react to lighten your hair making highlights, if applied in the right manner.

Lemon Essential Oil strengthens your nails and can help fight against nail fungus

Lemon Essential Oil has anti-depressant qualities and is used to treat anxiety

Improve your memory!  Combine Lemon Essential Oil  with Rosemary Essential Oil and help increase memory, increase concentration, and provide more clarity of thought. To create this helpful blend, use 3 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil, 3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil and diffuse it

Detox! Lemon Essential Oil has detoxification properties.

Tummy ache? Sniff some Lemon Essential Oil as it helps aleviate digestive problems

Lemon Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus limonum
Origin: Italy
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation or Cold Pressing
Note: Top note
Color: Transparent
What Part(s) of the Plant is Used? For this oil, the peels are cold pressed
Aroma: Sweet, citrus, clean, sharp, fresh
Therapeutic Properties: Refreshing, tonifying and cleansing oil
Common Uses: Sore throats, bronchitis, coughs, throat infections, colds, flu, as an astringent,  Lightening fair hair, balancing oily hair
Blends With: Benzoin, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender, Orange, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.

Hope this opened you up to new ideas and to maybe try some Lemon Essential Oil!  It’s great! 

Thanks for reading!  

In happiness, 

Vanessa

Mind Body Soul Essentials