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Old 01-07-2006, 02:17 PM   #1
 
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In the CG book, it calls for the Edible kind of AloeVera gel.....where would i find that? and does it have to be edible or can it just be regular?
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Try uesing the plant. But dont eat it.
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you can find it at a health food store...
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Just wanted to say that aloe is a common allergen, and enough exposure to it will eventually make you allergic. Obviously a lot of people aren't too sensitive to it. (A close friend of mine is an allergist.)
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I think they mean the juice. I buy the vitaminshoppe whole leaf aloe vera juice.
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I think they mean the juice. I buy the vitaminshoppe whole leaf aloe vera juice.
I wondered about that....I guess you could even mist the juice on to use as a styling product if the consistency is thin enough to spray. I just looked at some at the Nature's Outlet, but it was like a gallon jug, and I was hoping for a smaller bottle.
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Old 04-23-2006, 01:56 AM   #7
 
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I have two kinds of aloe: one is a gel, in a little bottle, and the other is an oil mixed with some Vitamin E. I can't imagine spraying either of these on my hair, so I'm guessing that the edible kind is the only sort suitible for hair use?
Kind of a pity, since this gel-form has been sitting here for ages and I've never used it for anything.
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Kind of a pity, since this gel-form has been sitting here for ages and I've never used it for anything.
Aloe is excellent for sunburns. It helps cool your skin.
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That was the reason I had gotten it....
When the Harry-Potter-Before-Last (can't currently remember the name) was released, it landed on my doorstep at 9am. In my lounge pants and tank top, I scurried out to the deck to drink iced tea and read all day.
In my excitement (and may I point out I'm over 30?), I forgot to put on sunscreen.
I'm very fair.

The end result was second degree burns on my back and shoulders.

Solarcaine and aloe vera were my best friends for a week. I couldn't put on a shirt. I couldn't go anywhere, do anything, it was utterly awful.

And my husband went around for a week saying "Harry Potter fried my wife."
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henchperson: I use aloe vera gel as a, well, gel. I use about a quarter size amount after my leave-in. Works fairly well, I think.
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Aloe gel's not only great for sunburn (poor you and your harry potter burns henchperson!) but it can also help fade scars and oh joy oh joy stretch marks. All round good stuff I think. Although I can't stand the smell
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At every home I've lived at I've always had an aloe vera plant. So many uses for this plant
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Old 06-04-2006, 08:48 PM   #13
 
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I used to work at a Vitamin World (usually in malls) and they had several sizes of bottles of aloe juice and gel that was edible. Otherwise, I just bought a gallon at Walmart.
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henchperson: I use aloe vera gel as a, well, gel. I use about a quarter size amount after my leave-in. Works fairly well, I think.
Even wavy hair gets frizzy, but apparently aloe gel makes my frizzies go away. Thanks for the idea! I now have a little bottle of the gel in my purse. Chicago in the summer is humid.
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Can you really just spray it on? I bought some today, the gallon of Fruit of the Earth from Walgreens, and filled a little spray bottle. But I was just going to spray it on in the shower to condition my scalp. When do you spray it on your hair--when it's wet (like regular gel)?
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I usually mix the liquid aloe with a bit of distilled water and some sprayable sunscreen (Aveeno makes a good one, so does Neutrogena) and I spray my hair and scalp before I go into the sun. The nice thing is that if you're short on space, you can also use it on your skin. I don't use straight aloe liquid on my hair because as a wavy girl rather than a curly girl, it doesn't absorb right and makes my hair look greasy.
When I use aloe to tame frizzies and flyaways, I use 100% aloe gel, not liquid. But the aloe liquid I've found really useful in the sunscreen mix, and also as a base for an oil spray - half liquid aloe, half distilled water, and a dollop of jojoba oil. You have to give it a good shaking before you spray (as you do the sunscreen mix), but I've found it to be very good when it's hot and I feel like my hair is going to sizzle, but I don't want to gum it up with sunscreen. I also tend to use it before I go to bed, as a light moisturizing treatment. And if you have dry skin, it's great to spray on just after a shower. I use lemon essential oil in both mixtures to make it smell nice. Aloe is good for just about everything, hair and skin. My only problem with the liquid aloe is that I have to mix it with distilled water to be sure it absorbs/evaporates entirely and doesn't leave me looking greasy.
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I use a clear aloe gel for skin in my 2nd day dry hair (I don't wet it everyday) and then spritz with lavender mist and my curls come right back with no frizz - and I live in a humid climate! It's a bit crunchy but once dry, I scrunch it out. My hair seems to realy like the aloe vera.
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