Brighten Your Home with Aloe Vera Flower s and Make Your Own Homemade Aloe Vera Lotion.
Aloe vera is the most popular member of the Aloe family, which contains over 400 plant species. Many people use aloe vera lotion for its fantastic natural moisturizing properties. Many people also keep an aloe vera plant in their house for its beauty and ease of care, requiring only infrequent watering and plenty of sun to keep it alive, and although not well known, aloe vera flowers can add a beautiful pop of color to your home. You’ve likely got an aloe plant in your home right now or know someone who does.
Aloe vera is a plant, often kept indoors, that adds some nice greenery to a home and can be used to create lotion. While not known for its flowers, aloe vera has beautiful blooms in shades from yellow to orange and coral. Aloe vera flower s don’t often form on the plants when kept indoors, but with a little extra care, you can add some color to your home with a lovely flowering aloe plant.
To encourage aloe vera flowers and keep your plant healthy, keep it in full sun, preferably outdoors when weather and temperature allow. The best temperatures for your aloe plant are daytime temperatures of 70- 85°F (21-29° C) during the day and no lower than 60° F (15° C) at night. Plant it in soil that drains easily and water once a week in summer and once every 2 weeks in winter.
Aloe has long been known as a medicinal plant, with a myriad of uses. Although most often thought of as a gel or lotion that helps sunburns and dry skin, aloe vera has several healing properties including:
Relief for skin irritation
Treating cold sores
Slowing signs of aging
Best of all, you can get these health benefits and a sense of satisfaction by making your own aloe vera lotion at home. To make your own lotion, you’ll need:
1/4 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of sweet almond oil
1 medium-size aloe vera leaf
5 -10 drops of essential oil for fragrance
You’ll also need a blender, a hand mixer, and a set of bowls and measuring cups. The first thing you’ll need is an aloe vera leaf. Cut a medium-size leaf from your plant and remove the spines and rind to get the transparent gel inside the leaf. Rinse the gel and use your blender to blend into a more liquid form.
Next, add the coconut and sweet almond oils and mix them with the aloe vera gel by hand for about 8 – 10 minutes. Mixing by hand rather than using your blender for this step adds air into the lotion making it light and creamy.
Once the lotion reaches a buttery consistency, add you’re essential oils. You can add oils that just provide scent, or you can choose your oils to provide additional beneficial properties when applied to the skin. Mix by hand for an additional minute or two, then package and store. Your aloe vera lotion will keep in a cool area for 3 to 4 months.
The last step, enjoy using your very own homemade aloe vera lotion.