One of nature’s most versatile plants, Aloe Vera is the bee’s knees when it comes to helping us look and feel good the natural way. From age-defying skin products and facial treatments through to delicious, antioxidant-rich drinks and even dental care items, its therapeutic benefits have been used for thousands of years and improved the wellbeing of millions.
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Aloe Vera is found in tropical locations such as South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (lovely and warm) and comes from the plant family Liliaceae, of which garlic and onions are members - a very healing family!
It can grow up to 4 feet tall with leaves growing up to 36 inches long, containing a clear gel in its leaves that is normally used on the skin, while a yellow sap taken from the leaf base is used internally.
Packed with super-natural nutrition, it contains an extensive
range of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, glycoproteins, polysaccharides and fatty acids.
A whole bunch of benefits
Think of a vitamin or mineral Aloe Vera probably has it! There’s calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium just to name a few. Here comes the science:
- It’s glycoproteins are responsible for healing pain and inflammation and polysaccharides are thought to support skin growth and repair whilst boosting white blood cells in your immune system. As if that wasn’t enough it also contains plant sterols important for HCL cholesterol which lowers bad fats in the blood
- It’s helpful in reducing allergy symptoms and acid indigestion
- It’s a well-known adaptogen – boosting the body’s natural ability to adapt to resist illness
- It soothes and cleanses the digestive tract, ultimately helping you to lose weight
- It’s a gelatinous plant food that when swallowed travels through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins
- It lowers the risk of heart disease by improving circulation, blood pressure and oxidation of the blood
- It also acts as a disinfectant, anti-biotic, anti-bacterial and anti-septic!
So yeah, Aloe Vera is quite amazing - What else can it possibly do and why aren’t we all using it?! One thing you should note is that too much of a good thing is always possible, so it should only be taken/applied in small quantities as it’s quite a potent little plant. Aloe Vera does have a strong taste so to help take it down, mix it in a smoothie (for which we happen to have some great recipes) or add it to your favourite juice drink.