Aloe Vera is widely known to relieve burns and help heal wounds, but it can also relieve constipation, prevent cavities, lower blood sugar, reduce wrinkles, and much more.
The leaves can be snapped off with your hands, but use a sharp knife to ensure the leaf edge does not tear and the plant remains appealing. Cut the outer leaves at the base of the plant for use. The leaves will not grow back, but by only cutting the mature outer leaves as you need them, you will leave the whole of it to continue to grow and produce more aloe vera. Clean your cutting(s) and if you plan to digest the aloe, the yellow ooze (sap) that comes out where you cut it from the plant is a laxative. Exclude this from the gel unless you are using it to cure constipation. Stand the leaf on its cut end for a few minutes to allow the yellow sap to drain away. Cut the leaf vertically to open it and then cut sections to apply directly to your skin or scrape the gel out into a container to save for digestion or to use topically.
Most of the medicinal properties of Lilac comes from the leaves and fruit. Lilac flowers have astringent, aromatic, and perhaps bitter qualities.
Lilac infused aloe is great for the skin!
Miriam’s Lilac Infused Aloe Recipe
- Dry cut Lilac flowers for about 2-3 weeks in a cool dry space or use a dehydrator.
- Crush the flowers using a mortar and pestle.
- Add 1tsp of crushed lilac to 1oz of Aloe gel.
- Infuse using a double boiler.
- (Alternative to using a double boiler is using the two bowl method. Place a smaller metal bowl in a bowl of hot water and place your ingredients in the smaller bowl to melt and infuse.)
- Use an electric hand held mixer to break up larger chunks of aloe, if needed.
- If storing for future use, place in the freezer to retain freshness.
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