Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Reader favourite : Aloe Vera

I have pretty much had countless requests for research on aloe vera almost as far back as when I first started the blog. I have to say I have been dodging this topic because there is sooooooo much out there and sorting through it was a daunting prospect. There really isn't direct information on its use on hair specifically but certainly alot on skin. Given the similarity of skin and hair, I still think this is a pretty good haul.  

1. Aloe vera gel may be able to soothe, moisturize and help heal/regenerate skin ( Phytotherapy Research, pg 987-1000, 2003 )  

2. It has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties (Ethnopharmacol, pg 3–37, 1999 and J Am Acad Dermatol, pg 714–720, 1988). 

3. It has a high water content and therefore moisturizes and helps to seal in moisture. It also helps to soften skin (Phytotherapy Research, pg 987-1000, 2003 )
 
4. It has antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties.(Phytotherapy Research, pg 987-1000, 2003 )

  There is so much more research on aloe vera especially for medical use. Some of it is contrasting but either way, I'm happy that it is getting so much attention. Do you use aloe vera, what for and is it any good? Image Credit

11 comments:

  1. Cuts, burns and rashes (mosquitoes LOVE me, it's a huge problem)! Best thing I've used for all of them.

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  2. I don't think I liked aloe vera for my hair at first. I found it made my hair feel hard and dry. But it works well when I mix it with shea butter. Then it just moisturizes and makes my hair feel soft.

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  3. When my daughter gets a cut on her face I apply some I have in the fridge on it and its gone the next day no scars. I tried it before not applying it and I noticed a tiny scar and it stayed for months. Also if I apply it alone on my cheeks after I wash my face, I get no pimples there and i'm very acne prone with combination skin. Never tried it on my hair but I may try that mix Bronze trinity mentioned, sounds good.

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  4. I use aloe vera gel on my hair and in my hair mixes all the time: in my conditioners, as a pre-poo with oils (helps melt away the tangles like no other!), and put on my hair alone for moisture. I luv aloe vera gel!

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  5. ''1. Aloe vera gel may be able to (...) help heal/regenerate skin''

    Since hair is a bunch of dead cells i assume this do not apply to hair as nothing can regenerate hair.

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  6. Aloe-Gelly - Thank you for you comment. I have not published it as it contained an advertising link. Please feel free to repost without the advertising and I'll put it up.

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  7. I love aloe vera gel. I use it in my spritz and shealoe. Sometimes I mix it with EVCO and use it as a leave in. It always keeps my hair well moisturized.

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  8. I use the raw gel from the plant as a cleanser for my face, twice per day. Execllent stuff.

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  10. I've used raw Aloe Vera for my skin for years, but have only just started to use it in my hair. I have a question though,I started mixing Aloe Vera gel into my Leave-in but I'm wondering if the the preservatives in my leave-in; Methylparaben and Propylparaben are enough to stabilize the Aloe Vera? It would be nice to be able to mix more then one application at a time.

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  11. I'm late to the party but I'm definitely a fan! :) I use it in my DC, my moisturizer (S-Url, glycerin and aloe vera juice) and my moisturizing spritz. My hair loves it

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