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    Default Re: How do you use aloe vera gel and what do you use it for?

    Quote Originally Posted by FoxyRoxy13 View Post
    the kind you buy in the store for sunburns is definitely inedible but if you buy the 100% aloe vera gel exactly as is from the plant it is edible. They even have aloe vera juice you can buy and they definitely tout its benefits for the digestive system in marketing it lol. you just have to be careful what kind you buy if youre planning on ingesting it.
    Can you get 100% aloe vera gel at the shop? I was under the impression, as afu says, that it's 99.9% because of the preservatives, and if you want it without preservatives you have to get it from a plant regularly. Just curious

    Quote Originally Posted by afu View Post
    Most of it is inedible when you buy it, even at my local health food shops its only 99.9% Aloe gel because it has preservatives. Make sure it says food grade on it before consuming (or use straight from the plant). The edible version is usually sold in juice form from my experience rather than as a gel
    Ah, right. I have seen aloe vera juice for consumption, but the AVG I bought at a health food store said it was for external use only. I wasn't sure if there was a difference between the gel and the juice or if it was just the preservatives. Must be the preservatives.
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    Default Re: How do you use aloe vera gel and what do you use it for?

    Well, I've bought some! Haven't used it on my hair yet but it is doing wonders for the eczema outbreak I've just had. I swear I can see a difference after just one day of using it.
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    Default Re: How do you use aloe vera gel and what do you use it for?

    You can get edible versions at stores like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe here in the US. I've bought Aloe Vera Juice there in the past for someone with IBS but they said it tasted bad and wasted it. I never thought to use it in my hair before.

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    I use food grade aloe vera gel to help hold my curls after I wash to help hold the curl pattern. It doesn't feel crunchy at all unless you use a TON of it, and even then it scrunches out when dry pretty quickly. I am on a water-only routine and this is a relatively recent addition to my hair routine but I find it gives me better curl definition and my hair looks less oily for longer when I use it regularly so I'm planning on making it a permanent part of my routine. I usually only put it in my hair on the day I wash and then just scrunch in water to reactivate the curls the rest of the time.

    I also use fresh aloe vera from a plant as a mask on my face several times a day. I found the stuff from the plant works better than the stuff in the bottle for this purpose. I just cut a leaf and keep it on the window sill as I cut ~1" chunks from the end, although I was going through my small aloe plant pretty fast and bought a big aloe leaf from the grocery store a few weeks ago, and will probably last at least a full month or more, which is pretty good for $3.50! I probably will get several more plants of my own in the future. I usually get 2 or 3 uses out of each small piece. A cut aloe leaf will keep quite a long time as the end will dry up and seal itself after every cut if you leave it out. It doesn't keep well in the refrigerator at all though!

    I use this to tighten my skin and to help heal scarring. As warm weather rolls around, this is pretty much the only thing I've been using on my face, although if my skin is feeling dry I use a bit of shea butter too (more of an issue when it's colder). Otherwise, I just exfoliate with a washcloth and warm water (a bit of castille soap sometimes to get rid of eye makeup), then apply the fresh aloe vera and let it dry. I've noticed slow but steady improvement in my skin tone in general and in the scarring so I'm going to keep at it. It's much better than any other topical I've used because it's very mildly irritating (good for breaking down scar tissue) and soothing at the same time.

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    Default Re: How do you use aloe vera gel and what do you use it for?

    Thought I'd post a link to this thread from the "Mane" forums: http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...ad.php?t=94127

    It's about Fruit of the Earth aloe vera gel, and how it has an ingredient, Triethanolamine, known to be toxic--though it is considered safe for use in cosmetics below certain levels.

    I wonder if it's that, or some other FOTE ingredients, that have given my skin an unpleasant burning sensation and made my eyes water, when I have put it on my face?

    Does anyone know if you can use aloe juice in a similar way to aloe gel, or what exactly the differences are? Ginormous quantities of the juice are available in my local health-food store, whereas I cannot for the life of me find actually 100% pure aloe vera gel (no other ingredients, stabilizers, etc.) commercially.

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    Default Re: How do you use aloe vera gel and what do you use it for?

    Lily of the Desert certified organic aloe vera juice and gel is available in preservative-free form, pure and edible. It is reasonably priced and available at Whole Foods and online.
    Last edited by GrowingGlory; May 28th, 2012 at 08:14 PM.

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