Aloe barbadensis. Also known as True Aloe, medicinal aloe, desert lily.
Origin: Arabian Peninsula
DISTRIBUTION: North Africa, Middle East, Asia, Mediterranean.
DESCRIPTION: The Aloe Vera is a lily plant native to deserts. Due to its thick fleshy leaves, it resembles a cactus and is therefore also called desert lily.
APPLICATION: Aloe Vera has been used for medicinal purposes for millennia. While it was relatively unknown in Europe at first, the aloe Vera experienced a boom in the beginning of the new millennium. It is used for wound treatment, skin diseases, gastrointestinal complaints, joint pain and sunburns.
EFFECT: Aloe Vera leaf extract contains vitamins, enzymes, minerals and amino acids. The natural gel has a cooling, healing and anti-inflammatory effect and supports the skin's self-healing powers. In addition, it moisturizes and softens the skin making it more smooth and supple. Aloe Vera contains vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C and carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A. Polysaccharides give aloe its hydrating, emollient and anti-inflammatory benefits, while creating a protective barrier on the skin. Aloe contains many anthraquinones, which offer antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics. Flavones offer further protection from free-radical damage. Phytosterols are antiinflammatory, which calm and soothe itchy skin, also moisturizing and protecting the skin from trans-epidermal water loss. Glycosides promote healthy cell regeneration and offer antihistaminic (anti-allergen) properties, while vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids nourish the skin.