Aloe vera

Aloe vera crop

Cultivating Aloe Vera

A wonderful, wonderful plant. 6000 years ago the ancient Egyptians valued Aloe Vera as it was considered the ‘plant of immortality” and it would be found in the burial tombs of the pharaohs.  It is said that Queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used it to keep their skin soft. The plant has been used in herbal medicine since first century AD. It has a variety of uses, well known for its soothing, moisturising and healing properties, its juice also being promoted as an immune system booster.  For more information on its uses take a look at this excellent blog 43 uses for Aloe Vera.

Most beauty manufactures use some components of Aloe Vera in their products, you will find it in face creams, shampoos, moist wipes, shaving creams  & facial tissues  to name but a few.

If you are looking for a skin care regime that utilises sustainable natural resources then consider keeping an Aloe Vera plant for yourself.

Aloe Vera gel

Aloe Vera Gel

If you suffer from Acne and other related skin problems and don’t have green fingers, try using Aloe Vera pure gel, various companies are offering Aloe Vera Gel in a near natural form. Try mixing it with coconut juice for a wonderful body cream…bit sticky so use at bedtime and let it really soak in.

Aloe Vera can also be found as a juice and it is suggested to have numerous benefits. I personally think care should be taken when ingesting a plant especially one that is known to have toxic components. Interesting article about that subject here.

All in all a very versatile product and certainly I will be keeping a tube of Aloe Vera gel in my drawer and maybe even a plant in the bathroom – who knows this one might survive! A tube of Aloe vera Gel

 

 

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