Updates and Aloe Vera–we love that title. It totally sounds like a cutesy, crafty, blog name. 🙂 We have a couple of quick updates for ya. First of all, we’re hiring again! Our summer helpers are headed back to school and we need to find a couple of folks to take their places around the shop. They will be some big shoes to fill–but, we’re sure the right person is out there. Check out THIS BLOG to see what we’re looking for, and to read the job descriptions. If you follow us on Facebook, you can even apply right there–just scroll down our page to find the posts. And, for our other update–the move! The ‘old’ shop is clearing out bit-by-bit; and the new shop is filling up bit-by-bit. Any quiet moments we have, we pack! We will be posting more photo updates next week–so keep your eyes open. The goal is to be working out of the new shop within the next couple of weeks. 🙂
We also want to take a minute to give props to all the gorgeous Aloe Vera plants that showed up recently! They are thick, beautiful, and are perfect for either aesthetic purposes, practical use purposes, or a mix of both. As far as the practical purposes–many of us know that Aloe Vera plants are awesome for burns–but, they’re good for a ton of other stuff too! Here’s a few of our favorite, summery, ideas for using an aloe plant for ‘more-than-just-decorative’ purposes…
(You can find more information on any of these things by Googling them… 🙂 )
So, burns. Yes. The ‘goo’ inside the leaf of the plant, when rubbed on a burn is super soothing. One of us used to work at a Chinese Restaurant and in the take-out area of the little restaurant, they had two, huge, Aloe Vera plants. Whenever one of the cooks would burn himself, while cooking in the giant woks, he would go grab a little piece of the plant to soothe the burn.
Sunburns, too! Pull a leaf apart and use the gel to soothe a sunburn without trapping in the sunburn heat. Aloe is rich in antioxidants, and minerals that can even help speed up the healing process.
Moisturize your skin, without making it feel greasy. Some Aloe gel, on your face, will make your skin feel super fresh, and smooth; plus, it won’t clog your pores. You can use it as an aftershave; and, supposedly, it helps combat signs of aging, as well.
Skinned knee on the kid? (Or you, if you’re a clumsy like a couple of us. 🙂 ) Use some of the gel from in the leaf before putting a bandage on it. (Kids think this is super cool, too! Plant medicine is awesome. 🙂 )
Mix Aloe with a little bit of lemon juice and it has been said that this creation will help reduce the appearance of dark spots, and freckles, if applied over time.
We found a few recipe ideas for ya, too…all which fit right in with our summery theme. 🙂 (Some of these use the gel right from the plant–a couple use a store bought gel. We loved the ideas so we included them all…)
If you try any of these, or know of something we should try…let us know! We always love to hear from ya. 🙂
OR…if you’re looking for a cute gift idea–let us know! We can pair it with some sweets, and deliver it right to someone special.