Pure Aloe Vera Gel
Why use it?
Aloe Vera was known as “the plant of immortality” to the ancient Egyptians. The hormones Auxin and Gibberellins produced by the aloe pant provide anti-inflammatory and wound-healing functions. Aloe Vera is antifungal and antibacterial while helping to improve circulation, healing wounds faster and taming irritations. It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. Antioxidants neutralizes free radicals.
Scientifically proven benefits of aloe barbadensis:
Soothe sunburn and minor burns
Accelerate wound healing
Reduce acne and infection
Promotes hair growth
Nourishes and conditions the skin
What is it?
Aloe Vera is native to northern Africa and Spain, but is popular as a houseplant (my aloe plant, Chubby has been by my side since my freshman year in college). In Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe Vera is known to heal chronic skin diseases like eczema. There are many types of Aloe Vera species, but aloe barbadensis is the Aloe needed for most effective healing properties.
During the summer, you can sometimes find giant leaves for sale at Whole Foods or your local natural foods store. DeCicco’s Market (I occasionally shop at the Brewster, NY store) often sells aloe leaves. I grow my own aloe barbadensis plants and harvest the gel from their leaves. It’s an incredibly easy succulent to maintain and will reproduce abundantly. My mother plant (also my first house plant) is from my freshman year in college, more than 20 years ago. She has moved around the country with me and is very forgiving. Despite any abuse endured, over the years she has produced more offspring than I can count or give away. I highly recommend growing your own aloe plants.