This summer has been flying by so fast!
The kids are in camp a few days a week, and by the time they get home they are exhausted from all the activities all day. They are both prone to eczema, and while the body butter and out night routine has been working, I still want to make sure I am keeping their skin nourished and supported (Ella has bad summer eczema and Jax is more prone in the winter) … fingers crossed they’ve both been good!
We are smack dab in the middle of a heat wave right now, and today’s simple DIY will keep your largest organ cool, as well as nourish & sooth that skin after being out in the sun, heat, or getting chowed down on by mosquitos.
Growing up my mom always had an aloe plant around.
As the oldest of four kids I can tell you that someone was ALWAYS falling and getting cut or stung or burnt or something!
Nothing feels better on your skin when it is hurting than some fresh aloe.
If you’re spending some time outdoors this summer (whether you have kids or not) … you MUST make this!
I put it on the kids when they get home from camp, and a lot of times on top of the body butter after a bath (especially at the beach or after the pool).
Aloe vera gel has been used for almost 4,000 years to treat minor burns and skin irritations … it is a must-have in your house!
Whole Foods usually has big aloe leaves, but if you aren’t keen on cutting them open, and don’t have a plant, you want to find a brand that is cold-pressed and organic with a trustworthy label.
How to choose:
- Choose an aloe vera gel that has been cold-pressed and is organic.
- Look for the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) seal of approval
- Avoid products which put Aloe Vera through unnecessary and damaging processes such as heating, boiling, freeze-drying, etc
- Check the IASC website to make sure you are not purchasing a product with a fraudulent seal.
- Make sure it has oxidation protection. When you open a plant and the gel turns yellow, this is evidence of rapid oxidation. Aloe is known to have at least seven different super-oxide dismutases (SODs) that remove destructive free radicals from your body. But unless the aloe brand you buy is cold-processed immediately after picking, then packaged under nitrogen to prevent deterioration, these SODs will oxidize and become useless.
Amara organics is the most affordable also gel I found with those standards!
Their aloe vera gel contains 99.75% certified organic aloe that is grown and hand picked in Texas. It’s cold pressed leaving the polysaccharides 100% intact. It’s not made from concentrate, and contains no sugar fillers or starches.
This isn’t a sponsored post or anything, I just found this for my family and like it!
After Sun Soothing Gel
- 4 ounces cold-pressed aloe (either right from the leaves or I like this brand)
- 24 drops high-qualithy lavender essential oil (I use Young Living)
Place all ingredients in a container, shake it up, and use! You can keep it in the fridge for an added cooling effect, but countertop in a cool-dry place works too!
If you are using aloe leaves, it may be easier to toss the insides (after you open it up) into in a food processor to mix. Here’s a simple tutorial as to how to open the leaves to get to the gel!
Have a great night!
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