Many of us associate August with the joys of standing on the precipice of autumn. But, in our neck of the woods, it can bring some of the most sweltering heat of the summer. As we look forward to cooler temperatures, we often slack off when it comes to preventative sun care. It is so important to remember to use sunscreen every day, no matter what the season. But if you slip up and get burned, or if you just want a brief respite from the heat that gives your skin a little moisture boost to boot, Aloe Ice Cubes are super simple to make, and they smell great, too! If you pick up the food grade stuff, you can even put these ice cubes in your sweet ice tea (or, whatever else Yankees drink) ;).
Here's what ya'll need...
- Aloe Gel (You can get this in gel form from the grocery store or you can scrape it out of some aloe leaves yourself)
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Ice Cube Tray
Pour the gel into the ice cube tray. I used Natural High Aloe Vera Gel. It is an organically grown dietary supplement that is processed to take the bitterness out of the gel. This gel is great because, unlike the stuff you get at the drugstore for sunburn, it can be ingested. The aloe leaf contains loads of nutrients and active compounds that have been shown to support digestive health, healthy immune function, cardiovascular health, detoxification and weight loss. So, using a food grade gel in your ice cubes allows you to add this miracle plant (a common name for aloe vera) to your morning smoothie or even your evening nightcap. After the gel, add one drop of lavender essential oil to each cube. I used, as always, doTerra essential oil. It is a 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oil, which can be used topically, as well as as a dietary supplement. Meaning, in short, you can eat the stuff. I also added some dried lavender to my cubes for a pretty touch of purple, and I found that they rose to the top, giving the cubes a light exfoliating texture when applied topically to the skin. Give each pocket in your tray a little stir with a butter knife to make sure it's all evenly distributed, and stick it in the freezer. I left mine overnight and woke to find my lovely, frosty cubes ready to be used. I thoroughly enjoyed using them to cool off on the front porch, and I am glad to know they're there if I forget to slather on the sunscreen and get little pink. They smell lovely and they make your skin feel smoother and softer almost instantly. I hope you'll try this one out and let me know how they worked for you. And, remember, take a little time to nourish your body, your mind, yourself!