The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil Mixture

The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil Mixture
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You’ve probably heard about the benefits of both aloe vera and coconut oil when used separately for all sorts of skin disorders, such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, irritated skin or just dry skin.

Aloe vera and coconut oil are popular ingredients in commercial and DIY body lotions. They can be used on their own but have you thought about using both of them together at the same time?

Aloe vera is a succulent plant, meaning its leaves hold large quantities of water, whereas coconut oil is pure oil, and we all know that water and oil don’t mix together. But you can use aloe vera gel, and not aloe vera juice, as well as whipped coconut oil so that its consistency holds the mixture together.

Aloe Vera – Health Benefits

Both aloe vera and coconut oil are excellent for your skin. I’ve already written about the amazing health benefits of aloe vera for the skin.

Here are a few of aloe vera’s health benefits:

Coconut Oil – Health Benefits

So stop using commercial expensive lotions and make your own healing natural lotion which combines the health benefits of coconut oil and aloe vera.

Healing Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Gel Lotion

It is important to use pure 100% aloe vera gel (do not use juice), as well as a good quality organic virgin coconut oil (like this one).

Coconut oil, when in solid form, whips up to a fluffy and light consistency, which makes a fantastic body lotion. It is absorbed quickly into the skin and you only need a small amount of it to cover your skin.

Ingredients

1/2 cup organic extra-virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup pure aloe vera gel (use pure organic and cold pressed aloe vera gel like this one)
A few drops of essential oils of your choice (like lavender, chamomile, geranium).

Preparation:

  • Mix the coconut oil and aloe vera in a bowl (don’t melt the coconut oil as it will only whip up if it’s solid).
  • Whisk the mixture using an electric or hand whisker (like this one) for 5 to 10 minutes until whipped into a light, fluffy and airy consistency (a blender or food processor is not suitable for this recipe, because they tend to warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up).
  • If you’re going to add essential oils, do so at the time when you whisk the mixture.
  • Transfer the whipped mixture into a glass container (essential oils can interact with some plastics) and store at room temperature. Store it in the refrigerator if your house warm enough to cause the oil to melt. (You want to keep its whipped consistency).

The lotion will last for several weeks.

How To Use The Healing Lotion

Use it like any other moisturizing lotion and apply it all over your body. This lotion is most effective when applied while your skin is still wet after bathing. It can also work well as a make-up remover.

Maintaining healthy skin is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

Read my other posts to learn more about the health benefits of aloe vera and coconut oil:

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63 Responses to The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil Mixture

  1. Adam Trainor says:

    What can you use aloe vera and coocnut oil mixture for? Can it be used together to treat all the problems that you use them for when using alone? I’ve always used aloe vera for sunburn and it works a treat, but I have never known to use coconut oil

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Adam, it’s the combination of the two that brings the added value. Each of the two has it’s own properties, and combining the two brings the added advantage, so if for example one thing doesn’t work for the certain skin condition, the other will work. But you can, off course, use each one of them separately if you want. I have a lot of articles about coconut oil and it’s various uses for skin condition, and it’s popularity is growing all the time not just for cooking, but for many other uses.

      • Adam Trainor says:

        Yeah I completely agree with you on that one. Coconut oil has definitely become popular over the years from cooking to skin treatments and hair treatments. It works wonders.

  2. penny says:

    What is the difference between aloe vera juice and aloe vera gel? I would very much like to make this preparation and would prefer to use the plants I’ve grown. Thanks

  3. Vaishnavi Swaroop says:

    Hi Jenny, since I live in India the coconut oil does stay in solid form. How do I go about it?

    • Jenny says:

      In this recipe the coconut oil should be solid initially. If you look at the recipe, you see that you don’t melt the coconut oil as it will only whip up if it’s solid and not liquid. In cooler place there is not a problem, as the coconut oil is solid and whips up well. In warmer places where coconut oil is in liquid form, people can put it in the fridge so it has a solid consistency, and then they can whip it up.

  4. Hello says:

    Can i use this mixture of coconut oil and aloe vera gel to grow my eyelashes?

  5. Amanda says:

    Can I use pure organic ALOE powder instead of the gel.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Amanda, I’ve never used aloe vera powder so I’m not sure. I believe that dissolving the powder in water will give you a consistency of juice rather than gel, which is not suitable for this mixture.

  6. mits says:

    What is shelf life of the mixture?

    • Jenny says:

      Many commercial aloe vera products contain preservatives, so once they are opened, they may keep in the refrigerator for several months (see information on the product label). However if it doesn’t contain preservatives or it is picked straight from the leaf, it is recommended to store it not more than a week or 10 days in the fridge (in the freezer it can last for a much longer time). Virgin coconut oil has a long shelf life (up to 3 years or even more). So the shelf life of the mixture depends on the type of aloe vera you are using.

  7. Rukz says:

    Can I use the mixture for my hair ??

  8. Marie says:

    Coconut oil tends to clog my pores. What can I do to prevent this? IS there anything I can do? Thank you!

  9. moni says:

    I had tinea crusis, and none of the anti fungal cream was working. I used coconut oil, and it was much better than the steroid creams. Tinea crusis is cured, the itching at groin is not completely solved. Today, I just applied aloevera gel (brought from ayurvedic store), it didn’t give me any side effects. Can you please suggest me, what, when and the mixtrure should I used to heal myself of this itching?

    • Jenny says:

      This is a fungal infections, and you can try the following:
      1. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in one tablespoon of coconut oil and then use it. Apply to the affected skin twice daily. Continue for a few days until the symptoms disappear completely.
      2. Mix two tablespoons of raw unprocessed apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Wash the infected area with this mixture and allow it to dry on its own. Repeat 2-3 times daily.
      3. Rubbing alcohol – Dab a cotton ball with 90% isopropyl alcohol on the affected area. Don’t wash it off. Do this a few times daily.
      If symptoms persist or become worse, you will need to see your doctor.

  10. Grace says:

    hi what if my pure coconut oil is in a liquid form can I still whip it with the aleo Vera and some essential oils and I’ll still be good ??? anticipating you reply

  11. Suzie says:

    You said it will last up to 10 days but longer in the freezer. How would I go about storing some in the freezer than defrosting it before use? Like if I made up a lot, cuz the leaves of my plant are quite large.

    • Jenny says:

      I’ve read that you can store aloe vera in the freezer in airtight bags or in ice cube trays and use it when needed. If you want to defrost it, do NOT heat it. Just take it out from the freezer and let it defrost at room temperature (this may take hours).

  12. hansi1990 says:

    Hi.. can i know how long do i want to stay with it on my body? Is one hour enough?

    • Jenny says:

      It is meant to be left on the skin so it is absorbed without washing it. If however you want to rinse it from any reason, leave it for a while (I guess at least an hour) and then wash it.

  13. kimberlan says:

    I can not use aloe if it is not fresh from
    The plant , all the additives bother my skin . can’t I just use the plant and keep the oil really cold at all times during mixing ? I think that would stil take the way its meant to .

  14. NeedHelp says:

    Hello Im 16 and I got these stretched marks on my legs since I was 11 when I first got my period. So technically my stretch marks are already old but can these mixture still help me cure my unwanted stretch marks. Thank you

    • Jenny says:

      To achieve the best results in treating scars, skin blemishes or stretch marks, it’s best to treat it soon after they appear. I’m not sure how old blemishes will react to it.

  15. May says:

    Hi. I have hair loss due to dandruff and maybe irritated scalp. I tried to use the aloe vera gel and coconut oil mixture on my scalp and hair but after washing my hair I had a lot of hair fall. I even used apple cider vinegar with water to rinse my hair and scalp as I read from other blogs that it would help. But I was just wondering why didn’t the aloe vera gel and coconut oil mixture work on me? Thanks

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I believe you’ve lost hair during massaging the scalp or washing your hair or brushing it, but not due to the coconut oil and aloe vera mix. This is a very gentle mix that doesn’t cause hair loss. I can only believe that the hair you’ve lost was about to fall out anyway soon. We also lose normally about 100 strands everyday, sometimes less, sometimes more.

  16. Wenstopit says:

    What’s the best remedy to use for severe eczema? Thanks

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I don’t know because I’m not a dermatologist. You can refer to my article about 11 Useful Natural Treatments for Eczema, but I don’t know which is best for severe cases. Also every person is different, and what works for one person may not work for another person, so sometimes experimenting is necessary.

  17. Thresa says:

    Jenny can i mix fresh aloe vera with coconut oil and apply it to my hair…my hair is thin n i want it grow..is it really fir hair growth

  18. Kristy says:

    Will using this mixture help with moderate acne issues?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      There are various possible treatments to fight acne, and you can see them in my article about How to Get Rid of Pimples: Top 12 Natural Ways. Aloe vera is one of the methods mentioned there. As for the coconut oil – some people find that it’s helpful while for others it can aggravate the condition. Read my detailed article about Coconut Oil For Acne – Does It Really Work?. I guess the best thing to do is to give it a try and see if it works for you or not. I think that because you have moderate acne, I would add to the mix a few drops of tea tree oil for further effect.

  19. Cassie says:

    I didn’t know Aloe Vera gel and coconut oil work together so well. I have been do this two days without know or research this and now I know why my skin look so great!!

  20. anonymous says:

    How long I can store the mixture of aloe vera and coconut oil

  21. Amanda says:

    Does it have to be extra virgin coconut oil? Mine is just organic virgin and it seperated from the aloe… is that the cause or am i doing something else wrong?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Extra virgin and virgin are the same in the case of coconut oil, so What you have is fine. It should not have separated, unless the coconut oil became liquid if it was a hot day. I’m not sure what you did wrong, but the aloe vera needs to be in gel form (not juice) and the coconut oil should be solid, otherwise it will not whip. You need to whip it with an electric or hand whisker (not blender or food processor). The consistency should be light and fluffy.

  22. Jonathan Christian says:

    Please Jenny, how do I get the oil from coconut?

  23. deepika Choudhary says:

    Can I use coconut oil with alovera gel for removing my freckles…. I have oily and sensitive skin….if this method doesn’t work for freckles then give me best advice for my freckles….. Plz plz reply me

    • Jenny Hills says:

      It won’t work for removing freckles. You can’t completely remove freckles with home remedies, but you can try to fade them. You can experiment with turmeric face mask (see recipe and instructions HERE) which contains turmeric, honey, yogurt/milk, lemon juice and tea tree oil. It helps to give a more even skin tome and lighten the skin, but it’s not a quick fix and patience is required. It may take you several weeks before you notice any improvement. If it doesn’t help you, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist about your options.

  24. vivica kelly says:

    Smells devine! Not greasy. I didnt whip it I melted everything, and let it cool a little, poured it into my jar, and put it to cool fast in the freezer. When it cools fast the butters do not get grainy. Nice Recipe oh I used Macadamia Oil instead of Olive Oil. Thanks

  25. Tamatar singh says:

    Hi,

    Few days back i saw a video that coconut oil and aloe vera plant leaves if boiled together, the mixture is good to reduce pimples, stretch marks and scars. I want to get rid of the scars i got by pimples. But i heard coconut oil will clog the pores and i dont want a fat on my face or cheeks. Should i apply that boiled paste or not ?

    Been using direct aloe vera leaf gel for a month. It didnt affect scars much.
    If both of them work well on scars should i apply baking soda also in different routine in order to open clogs done by oil ?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Tamatar, there are few points that you talk about and I will try to answer to my best abilities: 1) I don’t understand why the aloe vera and coconut oil need to be boiled. Aloe vera contains enzymes which will be destroyed during the boiling process. I also don’t know what the boiling process will do to the coconut oil. I would not boil them but use them as directed in my recipe. 2) Coconut oil is comedogenic (pore-clogging) but on the other hand has antibacterial properties that help fight acne. This is why some people find it helpful for acne whereas for others it will not work. Read my detailed article “Coconut Oil For Acne – Does It Really Work?” for more information and advice. 3) As for using aloe vera for scars – there are various natural ways that may help reducing acne scars (read about them HERE). However there are various factors that affect the healing process of scars. If the scars are old, big or deep, then home remedies may not help and you may need to consult with a dermatologist about other methods to reduce scars that are done by professional practitioners. There are limitations to what home remedies can do in some cases. 4) Baking soda has many applications on the skin (see my articles How to Use Baking Soda for Gorgeous Face and Skin and Baking Soda for Acne and Pimples – The Complete Guide). At the end of the day you will need to experiment with various methods to see what works best for you. Every person is different, and results vary between different people. The best thing is to try and be patient and see what gives you the best results. 5) You can get more ideas in my article “The Most Effective Homemade Acne Face Masks“. If your acne is really persistent and severe, consult with a dermatologist regarding a treatment plan that is suitable for your condition.

  26. Amoakoa says:

    Hi Jenny been battling with eczema for like month now mine isn’t really serious but gets uncomfortable sometimes ..I have it on my arms ,chest ,breast ,tummy and some parts of my thighs ..bet Nov ate seems to work for me ..I tried Vaseline sometime back and it worked magic but it isn’t doing so this time around ..so am back to using the steroid ..I know coconut oil can cure eczema and aleo vera too .I want to know if it would help me ..want to try a natural remedy…I’d use oatmeal for my bath and then the aleo vera ND coconut oil as my moisturizer….is that OK ?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I have an article about How To Get Rid Of Eczema: 13 Natural Remedies Backed By Research which you can have a look at. Coconut oil and aloe vera are one of the options that you can try. What you do with the oatmeal following the aloe vera and coconut oil mixture is good. I would also recommend you to try Urea cream (no. 11 in my article about eczema). It is effective and cheap and can be bought in drugstores. Give it a try too.

  27. Biljana says:

    Hello i have some question. Can be saved in plastic box or glassy and why? And can be in color and how ? tnx

    • Jenny Hills says:

      If you use essential oils in the mix, then it’s best to store in a glass container as essential oils can interact with some plastics. Store at room temperature (or in the fridge if your house warm enough to cause the oil to melt, as you want to keep its whipped consistency). I’m not sure that I understand your second question, but if you refer to the color of the container – if you use essential oils in the mixture, they are best kept in dark glass container away from direct light. However if you prepare a small batch that will be used relatively quickly, then you can store in a transparent container.

      • Biljana says:

        Iam so sorry i dont speak english very val so i try ….
        I have some new questions:
        1.Is it possible to colour the product and what could be used for this purpose?
        2.Will the period of use be shortened by colouring the product?
        3.Can the product e used by children and from which age ?
        I want to prepare the product lake a gift from my friends 🙂 Tnx

        • Jenny Hills says:

          I guess you want to add color to it to make it more attractive as a gift. I know there are natural coloring products (avoid using artificial food coloring) but I have never experimented with them, so I don’t know to answer the first 2 questions. If you use only aloe vera and coconut oil (without the essential oils), this product can be used by very young children, and even babies, providing they are not allergic to coconut oil or aloe vera. Some essential oils, such as lavender, chamomile and geranium are gentle to use even on babies from age 6 month onward, but I would suggest to do a small skin patch test to make sure they don’t irritate the skin.

  28. tanmay says:

    i have lot of small scars on my face ….i have tried aloevera gel but it do not work …i have also tried lemon and honey so what can i do to reduce it ???

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’m not sure what caused the small scars on your face, but if acne was the cause, then you can try the suggestions in my article How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Naturally. However there are few things you need to be aware of: old scars or deep scars are difficult to treat with home remedies (and with conventional treatments as well). Also some people are more prone to scarring than others. Sometimes professional treatments are needed such as lasers and even then the results may not be what you’ve expected. With home remedies it also takes quite a long time to see improvement, and it might be that your case is not suitable for home treatments. I believe that if there is no improvement with home remedies, then the next step would be to consult with a dermatologist.

  29. Imran says:

    alovera and coconut oil can I use daily overnight for rid black spots of acne

  30. tanmay says:

    how to use alovera for best result???

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Simply apply it on a daily basis. You need to buy aloe vera that contains as less amounts of additives as possible.

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