Aloe Vera; Aloe Barbadensis; Aloe Andongensis; Aloe Arborescens; Aloe Ferox; Aloin; Allantoin
Aloes grow happily in dry, arid regions which wouldn’t normally be used to cultivate food crops. They require very little water, and minimal soil fertilisation.
Is Aloe Faithful to Nature?
Aloes, of all varieties, can be grown naturally, without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. It has remarkable benefits for skincare and beauty to the maintenance of common ailments.
Benefits: Why is Aloe Used?
Stimulates Collagen Production
Aloe helps to stimulate collagen production for smooth, supple, young looking skin.
Healthy Looking Skin
Aloe has fantastic, natural moisturising properties to keep skin glowing from within. While Aloin (found in aloe) can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Aloe has soothing properties that can alleviate sunburns. Aloe also reduces the itchiness caused by mosquito bites.
Inner Balance and Health
Aloe juice can help to balance alkalinity and soothe indigestion.
Aloe is a favourite in moisturisers (especially anti-ageing) and cleansers (like hand soap) to prevent the skin from drying out. Aloe is also widely used to make delicious juices that can help to promote regular digestion and alleviate the symptoms of reflux. Perhaps the most well-known aloe-based products are those that help alleviate sunburn and reduce the itchiness of bug bites.
Aloe is grown on farms, on large-scale commercial farms, small-holdings and South African gardens, with most of the harvesting work needing to be done by hand. The aloe leaves are then processed as soon as possible after harvesting to retain their natural potency. Specialised pressing machines squeeze out as much of the leaf gel as possible. Some producers then filter the leaf extract to remove any leftover bits of leaf rind.
There are over 400 different types of aloe with two, Aloe vera (aka Aloe barbadensis) and Aloe ferox being the most commonly used in cosmetic, food & health products respectively.
In South Africa, Aloe ferox is the most cultivated type of aloe. But on the global stage, Aloe barbadensis (commonly referred to as Aloe vera) reigns supreme.
It can take upwards of two years for an aloe plant to grow up to the size where its ready for harvest.
Notice: The information provided here is not intended as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.