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Aloe Vera vs. Coconut Oil—Benefits and Uses! Which Is better?

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Aloe vera and coconut oil both have many uses. Find out which is better for your purposes!

Aloe vera and coconut oil both have many uses. Find out which is better for your purposes!

I have read a ton of articles on both Aloe vera and coconut oil concoctions for skincare, and it always sounds so absurd to do on your own, or you feel like you never see any results. This isn't another article telling you which is better, nor am I going to sit here and write out ways to persuade you.

I am going to tell you flat out what these are and what they do, and you can decide for yourself. I am not one to take advice from the internet, so you can guarantee what I am going to say is going to benefit you more than an article on how to get your hair and nails to grow.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

For years. I've only really heard girls talk about hair, skin, and nails. I have been thrown in so many different directions on how to keep up on beauty, I have decided to go in my own direction.

I did a little research and it was amazing to me how many different at-home items you can use instead of spending an ungodly amount of money on products. In the last 2 years, I have been known for not really eating out, and doing more with what I have than reading labels at the hair salon to figure out what kind of products I want to use. I found it really interesting that the majority of what you can do at home with little cost is no different than what you buy at the store but with more ingredients that may or may not help you.

Aloe vera and Coconut Oil's Moment

From hair tips to skin tips, I have found that Aloe vera and coconut oil are the two hottest things on the market for everyday essentials. You can drive to your local Walmart and buy a bottle of Aloe for your sunburn, but you can also use it straight from the Aloe vera plant.

I am going to show you the details about Aloe vera and coconut oil, what you can use them for, where they come from, and what the benefits are. Then you can decide on your own which is the best for you.

Who knows? You might stay the same, or you may switch it up.

What is Aloe vera?

Although you'll find Aloe vera at your local stores such as Walmart, Target, Lowes, Home Depot, etc., it actually comes from East Africa. This plant has been used for many years, particularly for cosmetic use.

Aloe vera is a very popular remedy for sunburns, and I definitely recommend it, but it has also been used in traditional medicines to treat a wide range of issues.

Like a cactus, Aloe plants are 99% water. The other 1% is a combination of different elements which can include Vitamin A, your Vitamin B's (B1, B2, B3, B12), and your Vitamin E. Calcium, sodium, chlorine, magnesium, zinc, phosphor, potassium, iron and a few other minerals are also present in Aloe.

The most important part of the plant is the gel. Aloe vera gel improves cellular oxygen as well as blood circulation. You can usually find this in the form of creams, gel, juice, or capsules. Make sure when you use any of those forms that you check with a doctor, first. Each form will vary.

Some of the top benefits of Aloe vera.

Some of the top benefits of Aloe vera.

What Can I Use It For?

Other than sunburn treatment and the original medicinal purposes, here are a few other uses for Aloe vera that I discovered in my research:

  1. Massages: If you mix two tbsp. of Aloe vera gel, 1 tsp.organic lemon juice and 2 tbsp. of organic brown sugar you have made yourself a homemade massage lotion!
  2. Protection against scarring and stretch marks: With regard to rougher patches, you can mix 2 cups of sea salt, 1 cup of organic coconut oil, 1 cup of Aloe and 2 tbsp. of organic honey. If you rub this on scarring or stretch marks, it turns out it works just as good, if not better than a pricey jar at your local store to help reduce the showing of marks.
  3. Asthma: If you boil hot water and add the Aloe leaves, and inhale, it becomes a soothing vapor.
  4. Acne: For anyone having any kind of pimple problem, you can apply the pure gel on your pores and skin after washing your face or taking a shower to reduce their appearance.
  5. Makeup Remover: As most of those removers you buy are harsh for your skin, you can substitute them with Aloe vera. Squeeze just a dollop of pure Aloe gel onto a cotton ball and wipe away your makeup!
  6. Shaving Cream: This was something new to me and I had to try it! Not only can you use Aloe with other ingredients to make it a DIY, but because it's an antibacterial and a good moisturizer, you can use it on its own in place of expensive shaving cream!
  7. Eyebrows: As a lot of girls clearly judge other girls based on their eyebrows, a good trick is using Aloe. Dip a clean mascara wand (you can get these individually at your local Sally's Supply) in some Aloe vera gel, and sweep over stray brows. It's almost like hair spray for your eyebrows, except they don't get hard and sticky!
  8. Feet: let's be real girls, and guys, we all have that cracked feet/heel problem! I have tried tons of things on Pinterest for this and nothing seems to work. However, I did start using Johnson's Baby Lotion on my feet before bed and they felt softer and less cracked in the morning. Make sure you put it on again in the morning, though! Aloe vera is a good alternative! Mix 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup cornmeal, 4 tbsp. Aloe vera gel, and 1/2 cup unscented body lotion (I use Aveeno) and rub all over your feet until well exfoliated. Sit for 10 mins then rinse with warm water!
  9. Hair: Not only can Aloe help your hair grow, but it can also help with other issues as well. It relieves scalp itching, scalp redness, and inflammation, and it adds strength to your hair. Aloe vera also possesses anti-fungal properties and alleviates dandruff and helps your hair retain water and moisture. Just like using it as shaving cream, you can take Aloe and rub it into your hair, massage it into your scalp, let it sit, and then rinse! I usually let it sit for the same time it would take to shave my legs and then I would rinse.
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As you can see, Aloe vera can be used for a number of things, and probably even more if you do a little more research.

Remember, Aloe can be used as a DIY combined with other ingredients, or you can use it straight. Just make sure it has at least a 30% concentration of Aloe.

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil originated in countries that enjoy tropical climates, like Thailand and The Philippines, and is now recognized as offering some of the best health benefits for your body, including:

  • hair care,
  • skincare,
  • stress relief,
  • maintaining your cholesterol level,
  • weight loss, and
  • regulated metabolism.

Purpose and Preferable Type to Buy

  • Cooking: refined coconut oil
  • Weight Loss: virgin coconut oil
  • As a Carrier Oil: virgin coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil
  • Good Health: virgin coconut oil, organic coconut oil
  • Massaging: pure coconut oil, refined coconut oil
  • Hair: pure coconut oil, refined coconut Oil
  • Medicinal uses: virgin coconut oil, virgin organic coconut oil
The Health Benefits of coconut oil.

The Health Benefits of coconut oil.

What Can I Use It For?

Here are a few things that I've tried and use coconut oil for:

  1. Hair: Not only does coconut oil help your hair grow, but it gives it shine as well. If you want to grow your hair, you can mix 6 tbsp. of coconut oil and 3 eggs, massage into scalp and all over ends (make sure your hair is dry when you do this). Leave on for 30 mins, or if you have more time, leave in longer, then rinse out with warm water. Sometimes if I have time and nowhere to go the next day, I'll massage it into my hair and then cover with a shower cap and go to bed (cover your pillow with a towel). Rinse in the morning with warm water. If you want your hair to have more shine, run a small amount through your wet hair (pea-size for short hair and bean-size for long hair). This will give you a conditioning effect with shimmer without spending a lot of money on your local store serums.
  2. Make-up Remover: Take a cloth and a little bit of coconut oil and wipe away makeup!
  3. Skin Moisturizer: From dry feet to flaky skin, take some coconut oil and run it on your skin. You don't need much, but it's a better way to nourish your skin without using heavy lotions.
  4. Cooking and Baking: You can use coconut oil as a substitute for shortening, butter, and other ingredients. This gives you a lighter and sweeter-tasting dessert. I usually use coconut oil for all my cooking needs, whether it's making chicken or making eggs, or spraying a pan for brownies—coconut oil is going to be a better way to go than using all those fatty oils like PAM spray.
  5. Stickers: Mix a little bit of coconut oil with some baking soda, spread it on, let it sit for 10 mins, and rub it off. Use this mixture as an adhesive remover (for stubborn stickers, tags, etc.).
  6. Popcorn: We all like to go to the movies and buy that $20 tub of popcorn loaded with a gallon of butter (exaggeration of course). When you are at home, though, you whip out the microwave bags that are probably just as unhealthy, butter or not. Now you can take 1/2 cup organic (non-GMO) popcorn, 4 tbsp. of coconut oil and if you want, salt. Heat 2 tbsp. of the oil in a heavy-bottomed large pot. When the oil is hot, put a kernel or two of corn in it and wait till it pops. After it pops, proceed to add the rest of the corn kernels in, cover the pot and gently shake over a burner until the corn stops popping for 5 seconds. Take the pot off the heat and lift the lid; be careful in case some may be still popping. Add the rest of the coconut oil and toss till coated. Sprinkle your flavoring of choice and toss until coated. Enjoy!
  7. Season Cast-Iron Pans: Most people, such as my dad, think you need to go out and buy that expensive maintenance pack for your cast iron pans. Instead, use coconut oil as your coating to keep your pan slick and make sure foods stick.
  8. Furniture Polish: What? you can use coconut oil and lemon juice to bring shine to your wood furniture. Make sure you test it out on a small spot first to make sure.
  9. Drink Sweetener: This is something I would have never thought of. You can take beverages such as hot chocolate or fruit smoothies and add a little coconut oil for a coconut extract. If you are going to do this, make sure you heat it up so it's a liquid form before stirring it in.

Have fun enjoying the benefits of both coconut oil and Aloe vera!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Sarah Dill

Comments

Loren on February 13, 2018:

You said unrefined coconut oil is best for hair, but for hair care listed you have pure and refined coconut oil. Which is better refined or unrefined?

Roy on November 13, 2015:

You are a vert beautiful lady. I just bought some aloe oil and I will add some essential oil to it.

vishnu on November 20, 2014:

use both oils

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