I do have a rather lovely Aloe Vera plant growing well among my fabulous herbs,and though I have tried it several times for skin issues,the only thing I ever find it is good for is excess sun exposure,which I allow to occur so very rarely anyway,and insect bites which happen far more often than I could ever wish for!!! I believe it all depends on the actual variety of the plant which is used as to how effective it will be. The one I have, has lovely soft thick fillets when cut,and if chilled in the fridge,does feel very soothing to the skin,even for itches!I think the one I have must be the right one somehow for adding to fruit juice as well,though I have not done this with it. My neighbour often asks for a small piece!
I was given a small pot for christmas and have since repotted it where it has grown three times its size. I am new with this plant and not used any of the "juice", seems a shame to break a leaf to use!
I have a large clump growing. Every now and then I reduce the size of the patch and I can see I need to do it soon.
I use it for burns mainly and find it extremely good. I have used it on my dog when he had an allergic reaction to the bandage the vet put on following surgery. I had never seen my dog so distressed and thought he could even bite me- which he would never ordinarily do. The dog was urgently trying to remove his bandage . I worked on it for a while with scissors and eventually got it off. His skin was very sore, hot and red. I cut some Aloe Vera and put it on him. His relief was immediate.
I used some on my face a few nights ago as my skin was very dry and lips chapped from the winter air. It felt like I had a cosmerptic mask on and in the morning my skin was back to normal.
I have offered some cut Aloe Vera to my chooks but they aren't interested in eating it. I am going to try some of the gel in my hair in the near future.