Aloe Vera

Ecocertified 100% organic, Aloe Vera grows wild in tropical climates around the world and can be traced to Egypt 6,000 years ago, where it was known as the “plant of immortality”.

Depicted on stone carvings, it was presented as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs.

Historically it has been used as a topical ointment to heal wounds and various skin conditions, skin burns, abrasions, eczema, psoriasis and even osteoarthritis.

Aloe VeraA field of Aloe vera

Aloe vera: Anti-aging and Antioxidants

Aloe Vera is brim-full of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are strongly antibacterial to fight off any harmful bacteria as well as any damaging free radicals.

Research indicates great support for your immune system, plus a soothing quality for skin healing. It provides added protection from UV and Gamma radiation and has an anti-inflammatory effect to assist in slowing any inflammatory reactions in your body, which of course lead to many diseases including acne and eczema.

Aloe vera is also rich in antioxidants vitamin A, B, C, and E, all of which keep your immune system vibrant. It also contains all important minerals including:

  • selenium
  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • zinc

Wonderful for anti-aging, by stimulating fibroblasts and producing more collagen and elastin fibres, aloe vera effectively increases skin elasticity, significantly accelerates skin regeneration and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Essentially, Aloe Vera hydrates, moisturises and rejuvenates the skin, making it more flexible through collagen and elastin repair. 

Aloe vera's leaves contain a healing gel

Aloe vera leavesAloe vera leaves and their gel

Historically, the clear gel obtained from the leaves was often used as a topical ointment straight onto the  skin to heal wounds as well as for various skin conditions. Additionally, it is sometimes taken orally as a laxative.

Today, it is also used topically for the following:

  • osteoarthritis
  • skin burns
  • abrasions
  • eczema
  • psoriasis

It has often been reported that burns can be healed remarkably quickly and the pain reduced very quickly with direct topical application of Aloe Vera to the burn area. This especially applies to sunburn.

Over 200 scientific research papers have been published worldwide on the effects of using aloe vera. The three main categories of research into the actions of the plant are:

  1. anti-inflammatory
  2. anti- bacterial
  3. anti-viral  

Aloe vera's healing properties

Aloe Vera's FibonacciFibonacci pattern seen in Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is well known for its polysaccharides, being important biomolecules for formulators.

These support immune processes, offering 20 of the 22 amino acids that the human body requires, including these ones:

  • Phenylalanine, with analgesic properties
  • Threonine, whose primary function is for tissue maintenance and as an immune enhancing nutrient
  • Lysine, playing an important role in the production of carnitine (a non-essential amino acid) and in the formation of collagen.  
  • Aloe Vera also contains 8 essential glyco-nutrients, including Fucose, which has anti-inflammatory and immunity activity. It also improves skin hydration & liver function, aiding in lowering elevated glucose levels. The others include Mannose, Rhamnose, Arabinose, Xylose, Galactose and Glucose.

It is also an antipruritic - a substance that relieves or prevents your skin itching.

Gluco-mannan plays a crucial role in the healing process of damaged skin cells. Together with gibberellin (a growth hormone found in Aloe Vera) it interacts with fibroblast growth factor receptors, stimulating the activity and proliferation of these cells and naturally boosting collagen synthesis, as well as changing collagen composition (more type III) and increasing the degree of collagen cross-linking. 

Increased synthesis of hyaluronic acid and dermatan sulfate has also been documented. 

NOTE: The use of topical aloe vera is not associated with any side effects

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