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Aloe from the other side!

Posted by Bela Desai on

Aloe from the other side!

Are there awards for super plants? Because if so, aloe vera would probably win all of them!

Aloe vera is an incredibly diverse plant that has many uses. It can be used to help eliminate skin issues, support gut health, and more.  Not only can aloe vera be applied topically, but you can eat it too. Keep reading to learn more about this amazing plant and how to use it!

What is aloe vera?

Let’s start from the beginning.  Aloe vera is a variety of succulent that has been used to treat health conditions for, quite literally, thousands of years!  

Aloe can be used directly from the plant, but if you don’t have a green thumb, that’s perfectly okay. With aloe being so popular in health and beauty, there are now many available forms for you to take advantage of. 

So what’s so great about it, you may ask? Hydration! Hydration is such an essential part of one’s skincare routine. It helps to protect the skin, reduce the appearance of blemishes, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and more. In fact, that’s why we included it in 3 of our 4 hydration products! Our Honeybutter body salve, Rosa daily moisturizer, and Lotus scalp oil all contain aloe vera for its amazing moisturizing and antibacterial properties.

How to harvest aloe vera

Harvesting aloe vera is incredibly easy.  Cut the leaves (the long green parts that jut out) off as close to the base as possible.  Take a knife and bisect the leaf.  Using a spoon (or your fingers, we won’t judge) remove the inner gel.  It’s really that easy. 

If you’re harvesting your own aloe vera gel, it will last 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator, but store-bought will last around 2-3 years.

 

What are the uses and benefits of aloe vera?

Aloe vera can be used for so many different things! It can be used to…

  • Heal burns 
  • Improve digestive health 
  • When ingested, it can inhibit the growth of H. pylori, which is a type of bacteria that can lead to stomach ulcers
  • Of course, moisturize and hydrate skin 
  • And clear acne!

Aloe vera helps with acne and gut health issues because of its antibacterial properties. Essentially it helps kill off the bacteria that causes the external and internal flare-ups. Additionally, it is an amazing option for those who have chronic dry skin issues like eczema or psoriasis because of the intense moisturization it offers!

How can I use aloe vera?

Aloe vera is most commonly applied topically, but it is also safe to consume.  

For topical applications, apply a light layer of aloe to the affected area 1-2x times a day.

Or if you’re looking to reap the internal benefits of aloe vera, you can eat the gel instead. Blend it into your water, add it to smoothies, or even include it in your favorite salsa or salad!  Aloe vera has a clean refreshing taste that blends well with just about anything!

Aloe vera really does it all! Try some of our powerful hydration products that feature aloe vera to see for yourself!

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