Our holistic wellness host Abi shares her aloe vera face mist recipe

Aloe Vera is an anti-inflammatory which means it's an excellent aid for our summer skin and can act as a natural after sun, especially while we're in the midst of a heatwave in the UK.
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“The Aloe is a medicine recommended by the most respected tradition, it is used and affirmed by the experience of all doctors of all ages.”

Dictionnaire Encyclopédique des Sciences Médicales, 1865

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) is a versatile plant; often referred to as a ‘cure all’ thanks to the many things it can help with; a myriad of common complaints and ailments from reducing pain to helping the digestive systems of cats and dogs! However, skincare and healing is where aloe vera really shines.

The valuable cooling, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera make it an excellent ‘aid’ for summer skin; as a natural after sun.

Aloe can be purchased in many forms; the fresh leaves, water, concentrate, gel, butter, and powder and it can be incorporated into homemade products including personalised body treatments, shampoos, healing ointments and more.

Here is a recipe for a refreshing aloe vera facial mist that is quick to make and a must have for a hot summer in the city!

This is best made in a tinted glass bottle to protect the potency of the botanicals inside, with an atomiser top for easy spritzing on the go. Always shake before use.

Top tip: keep in the fridge for ultimate refreshment after a long, hot day.

Blending notes:

  • If you don’t have one of the ingredients (e.g glycerine, just increase the other waters accordingly)
  • Feel free to use other essential oils instead – this is an effective synergy for refreshing & rejuvenating the skin but others such as frankincense, chamomile, jasmine and neroli would be lovely too.

Ingredients:

● 20 ml of aloe vera water or juice concentrate
● 20 ml of lavender flower water
● 5ml of witch hazel distillate or water
● 5 ml of vegetable glycerine (or homemade rose or cucumber glycerite)
● 5 drops spearmint essential oil
● 5 drops lavender essential oil
● 5 drops rose essential oil

Method:

  1. Add the aloe vera, flower water, witch hazel and glycerine one by one to your bottle.
  2. Add the essential oils one by one.
  3. Place the atomiser lid on and give the bottle a good shake.
  4. Ready to use and enjoy immediately. Best used within 6 months.

Other ways to use aloe vera:

  • Apply aloe vera gel directly to the skin after sun exposure or to calm the skin in cases of dermatitis, heat rash, itchy or inflamed skin complaints or insect bites.
  • Add the flesh from a fresh aloe vera plant or a cup of aloe vera juice to your morning smoothie for a super hydrating hit of vitamin C; a natural antioxidant, vital for our overall health and wellbeing as well as reducing inflammation in the body.
  • Enjoy 1 spoonful of aloe vera powder, combined with 1 spoon of finely milled oats and a dollop of natural yoghurt for a quick and simple, yet supremely nourishing facial masque.
  • Bathe in it. Egyptians considered aloe “the plant of immortality.” Cleopatra is said to have applied it daily to her skin, and took regular baths of aloe and goat’s milk. Add aloe vera juice,
    concentrate or powder to the bath alone or with salts, essential oils or milk for a skin-soothing and stress relieving soak.

In our upcoming ‘After Sun’ Skincare Workshop with Abi Titterington Lough, founder of 20A Aromatherapy, we’ll be utilising aloe vera along with lots of other beautiful botanicals and natural ingredients to soothe, replenish and hydrate our skin after sun exposure.

Learn more about Abi, our Holistic Wellness Host here.

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