Aloe Vera belongs to the Lily family and is also known as lily of the desert, its botanical name is aloe barbadensis. It originates from the African continent and now grows world-wide, including New Zealand. Aloe Vera is part of the succulent plants, growing as a short-stemmed shrub with long, narrow, 3-layered leaves that form a dense rosette with a toothed margin.
The Aloe Vera leaf has three layers, containing the clear gel-like juice inside. According to the desired effect, different parts of the plant are used. It contains a wealth of substances that give Aloe Vera its unique properties. It is rich in phytochemicals including minerals, vitamins, specific polysaccharides, enzymes, amino acids, fatty acids, phytosterols, antioxidants, oils and resins.
Benefits & Uses
The latex containing middle layer of the leaf consists of a bitter yellow sap which is used in small amounts to support and balance bowel movements. The inner gel of the Aloe vera leaf has soothing properties and contains prebiotics to help maintain the growth of beneficial bacteria or probiotics in the gut.
Aloe Vera was valued for its antimicrobial properties as well its ability to support healthy skin healing and hydration levels. It’s said that Aloe Vera was one of Cleopatra’s secrets for keeping her skin soft.
As with all products, check for sensitivities and talk with your health professional to find out whether it is the correct choice for you.