Aloe vera has been an integral part of beauty regimens across cultures since millennia (1). But, the talk-of-the-town is a fusion of aloe extracts with oil, called aloe vera oil.
According to recent research and ancient texts, aloe vera oil is a skin and hair care specialist (1). It gives you young, soft, clear skin, and long, dandruff-free tresses. Topically applying aloe oil heals cuts and prevents mosquito bites. Know more about this interesting oil and its recipe in the following sections. Read on!
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The Origin Of Aloe Vera Oil
Since the early 1800s, aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis miller) is used to treat chronic skin diseases, bruises, burns, wounds, and even constipation. These properties are attributed to the succulent leaves of aloe vera (1).
Their yellow sap and green skin contains anthraquinones, glycosides, carbohydrates, and proteins. These two portions are commonly blended with mineral oil, milk, wine, water, and honey for medical applications (1), (2).
When you combine aloe extracts with oil, you get aloe vera oil.
You could use mineral oil, soybean oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil – any carrier oil of your choice – to obtain this infusion. You need to macerate aloe pieces/pulp in the carrier oil and let it steep/boil for a while.
How Does It Help Your Body?
Due to the extraction steps, aloe vera oil is rich in phytochemicals. This oil has potent anti-inflammatory, wound healing, and antimicrobial effects (3).
This oil contains growth-stimulating compounds, like glucomannans. They stimulate the synthesis of collagen and other factors involved in skin repair and hair growth. Since aloe vera is rich in vitamins and minerals, its oil may also rejuvenate your skin and hair cells (1), (4).
Go through the following section to know how aloe vera oil can benefit you.
What Are The Benefits of Using Aloe Vera Oil?
Aloe vera oil moisturizes and protects your skin. It may boost hair growth and nourish dry and flaky scalp if used regularly. You can use this oil as the following.
1. Skin-lightening Agent
Aloe vera plant contains aloesin, a compound that impacts your skin tone. Aloesin interferes in the production of melanin. It blocks the production of melanin to lighten the skin color (5).
UV rays also induce dark spots and pigmentation. Topical application of an aloesin-rich preparation may cause a visible reduction in the intensity of the spots (5).
Combining extra virgin coconut oil with aloe vera extracts showed 5-100% skin-lightening intensity. This aloe vera oil preparation did not show rancidity, undesirable oxidation, or unpleasant odor when used with turmeric (6).
2. Moisturizer And Mosquito Repellent
A mixture of aloe vera gel and olive oil can be used as a topical mosquito repellent. A study was carried out to observe the effect of aloe-olive oil in preventing mosquito bites.
The volunteers who applied this oil on naked skin reported fewer mosquito bites as compared to their counterparts. They had smoother skin than earlier (4).
Depending on your sensitivity to aloe vera gel and olive oil, you can mix different proportions of these components. Using this oil could protect you from malaria, dengue, and parasitic diseases as well as nourish your skin (4).
This study reported mild irritation/sensitivity in subjects that used aloe oil with higher aloe vera gel proportion (4).
3. Anti-acne Agent
A study found that a combination of aloe vera and ocimum oil could help reduce acne lesions. Aloe had a synergistic effect on the anti-acne properties of Ocimum gratissimum oil (7).
Applying the mixture for for 2-5 days reduced acne lesions by 50%. The antibacterial activity of aloe gel helps treat chronic and highly inflamed cases as well (7).
Using aloe oil made from tea tree oil and aloe vera gel can heal acne. Tea tree oil decreases sebum secretion and suppresses the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Combining it with aloe vera gel increases its anti-acne activity (8).
The components of this gel, including mannose-6-phosphate, reduce erythema (red bumps) and inflammatory scars in the subjects. This combination also caused rapid tissue restoration and opening of clogged pores in affected areas (7), (8).
4. Hair Growth Booster
Aloe vera is one of the popular home remedies for hair loss and repair. Its pulp, leaves, and oil are commonly used on dry scalp, damaged hair ends, and colored hair (9).
You can boil the leaves and apply the cooled liquid to your hair. Massaging aloe gel/extracts with oils (olive, coconut, wheat germ, sesame, avocado, almond, fish, and castor) into your scalp will also give good results (9), (10).
It helps in maintaining the pH balance of the scalp too. Aloe gel oils stimulate the growth of well-moisturized, rejuvenated, and dandruff-free hair (10).
5. Hydrating And Anti-aging Solution
Dry skin makes wrinkles and fine lines more visible. Lack of moisture in the layers of your skin results in flaky skin with shrunken pores (11). This worsens the sensitivity of your skin and may even lead to psoriasis.
Aloe vera contains mucopolysaccharides that trap/bind moisture in your skin. Applying aloe vera gel-based cream/lotion/oil improves the integrity of sensitive and dry skin (1).
It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers, making your skin more elastic, plump, softer, and younger (1).
6. Stretch-mark Healer
Stretch marks or striae are long scars with underlying thinning of the skin. Pregnancy, rapid weight change, weightlifting, and continuous stretching of the skin commonly cause them. Striae can cause psychological and sexual problems (12), (13).
There is no definite strategy/drug regimen to treat them. Applying steroid-based creams can be a temporary and risky solution. However, aloe vera gel with carrier oils is considered in alternative medicine (12).
Sweet almond oil-aloe vera gel creams control the itching and redness of stretch marks. Applying them topically can also prevent striae from spreading across the abdomen, especially in women who are not pregnant (13).
Now that you are aware of its benefits, don’t you want to give aloe vera oil a shot? What if you could make it on your own?
Yes! You can make a crude preparation of this oil at home.
Get the recipe below.
How To Make Aloe Vera Oil At Home
Before you start, let’s get this straight.
Aloe vera oil will not be a clear, viscous liquid (like other oils). It will be slurry of aloe pulp that is partially dissolved in oil.
What You Need
- Aloe vera leaves
- Virgin coconut oil or any carrier oil of your choice (mustard seed, sesame, castor, olive, or almond oil)
- A medium-sized mixing bowl
- Saucepan/deep vessel (to boil contents)
Let’s Make It!
- Wash the freshly-plucked aloe vera leaves under running water.
- Cut the leaf corners to remove the thorns with a sharp knife.
- Slit the leaves into two lengthwise.
- Scoop the gel out of the leaf sections with a spatula and collect in a bowl.
- Fill another bowl of the same capacity with virgin coconut oil or carrier oil.
- Transfer the measured oil to a saucepan. Place it on a cooktop/stove and leave it on low heat/flame.
- Let it simmer. Stir the mixture occasionally.
- When all the gel turns brown and translucent, turn off the heat.
- Let the mixture cool down.
- Strain the contents into an airtight glass jar.
You can use this on your face, skin, and hair by adding it to packs and masks.
However, do a patch test to ensure that you are not sensitive/allergic to the preparation.
Aloe vera oil is a combination of aloe extract and carrier oils. This combination usually has an enhanced therapeutic value. The elements of the carrier oils and aloe vera phytochemicals act together on your skin and hair.
Applying this oil may exert skin-lightening and anti-aging effects. It can heal dark spots, wrinkles, stretch marks, and dry skin issues. Using it on your hair and scalp may give you healthy, strong, and dandruff-free hair.
Talk to your dermatologist about the dosage and safety of aloe vera oil. Tell us how it worked on your skin and hair. Leave your feedback, suggestions, and queries in the comments section.
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