Aloe

We've probably all got a bottle of aloe vera gel stashed somewhere for the occasional sunburn.  I know I was a regular user as a fair skinned kid who couldn't stay out of the sun in the summer.  But do you really know all the vast benefits this plant has?  And are you using it correctly? 

Ways to use it

Aloe vera does two main things, reduces inflammation and deeply hydrates at a cellular level. This means it's amazing for topical use on skin irritations but also internally for inflammation in the body and to aid in increased hydration. 

Topical Uses

  • Burns
  • Rashes
  • Breakouts
  • Allergic reactions
  • Bruises
  • Rosacea 
  • Eczema
  • Hydration
  • Anti Aging
  • Stretch marks
  • Dark spots

Internal Use

The source of all disease in the body is inflammation.  That's why it is imperative to our health to live a lifestyle that reduces inflammation instead of causing more.  You can eat an anti-inflammatory diet by eating alkaline foods and refraining from inflammatory foods like caffeine, alcohol, processed foods and sugar.  As a dietary supplement you can buy a good quality liquid aloe very juice or water(I recommend "George's").  I take a 2oz. shot each morning and evening.  Using aloe internally can also help with skin disorders since we heal from the inside out.  Benefits of taking aloe internally are so vast because healing inflammation helps with any problem you can dream up, but here are a few key things aloe may help with...

  • Digestive disorders
  • Dehydration
  • Joint health
  • Ulcers
  • Cancer prevention/treatment
  • Diabetes/blood sugar control
  • Acid reflux
  • fibromyalgia
  • IBS
  • Crohns disease
  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Anti aging

The list goes on and on and on!

Where to get the good stuff

Aloe vera is very east to grow year round indoors as a potted plant.  For external use this is the best source!  Simply remove a leaf when needed, slice it in half lengthwise and rub the inner leaf on the area of concern.  Most drug store aloe gels contain very little actual aloe. Instead they have other medicated ingredients to mask symptoms, like lidocaine or menthol.  If you must buy prepackaged aloe, make sure it's from your local health foods store and is 100% pure aloe.  But buying a plant is definitely the best way to go.  Plus, they look super cute in your home!

For internal use I recommend grabbing a gallon of "George's 100% Aloe liquid" from your local health food store, or online.  It's pure, fractionally distilled aloe without all the pulp so it literally tastes like water.  This stuff is liquid gold!

Those are my favorite ways to use this incredible little plant.  What's your favorite way to use Aloe?

Caitlin  

HealthCaitlin Hart
Launch Day

Launch day, and week, was an overwhelming success!  A small group of women gathered in my home last night to help me celebrate the start of this exciting new business.  I opened a few bottles of wine(and plenty of cheese) and we got to work trying out makeup.  I'm so beyond excited to say that after just one week in business I got my first promotion last night!  Even more exciting is that I added two new members to my team this week.  These two girls are powerhouses and are already working their butts off.  I'm absolutely thrilled to get to work with them.  Over all this has been such a positive experience and I've only just started.  So I'm about to buckle down and get to work planning two more launches for my team members in addition to hosting more makeup demos of my own.  I am still looking to add more team members in the Nashville area and all over the US so if this sounds like something right up your ally, reach out and join the party!  Getting to work with amazing women all over the country to empower and teach other amazing women is an absolute dream.

Caitlin 

Here we go...

First of all, thank so you much for joining me in this new exciting project!  I'm taking this year to work on really digging into myself and what I want to do.  I just love being an esthetician and all that has come with that.  Lashes, skincare, relaxation, makeup, health and wellness.  My real passion really comes down to being a teacher.  Nothing makes me happier than sharing the knowledge I've learned to help women tackle skin and health issues, or simply making them feel beautiful with a new set of lashes or some new makeup.  I'm constantly learning wether it's in school, a weekend class, or from those around me.  So what better way to get all of this information to you than a blog?  Today the launch of this new project coincides with the launch of my new business with Limelight makeup.  I'm so excited to get started doing makeup lessons with so many of you around town and show you what I've been working on.  This will be a place for me to share all that I know from beauty, to healthy recipes, to my favorite local spots to eat and shop.  I'm so excited about this year and this new project.  Love you all for your incredible support so far!

Caitlin