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Know Your Ingredient: Aloe Vera

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Loads of people have an aloe vera plant so they can apply ‘First Aid’ when they burn themselves. All you have to do is snap off a leaf and the slimy mucus comes pouring out—perfect for household injuries and sunburn. Over time, the chemical properties of this substance have been researched and scientists have discovered that aloe vera can be used for so much more, including soothing gastrointestinal inflammation and moisturising healthy skin.

Origin

We source our aloe vera through a company that buys from certified organic farms in Queensland where it grows best. We also grow a small amount on our farm.

History of cultivation

Aloe vera is native to the south-west Arabian peninsula and spread throughout the world by seafaring explorers in the 17th century. Known as the ‘First Aid plant’ and the ‘Burn plant’, aloe vera’s healing properties have long been observed. The first written record of aloe vera is in Ebers Papyrus from 16th Century BC.

Applications

Aloe vera is known for its moisturising action. The vitamins found in aloe vera include B complex, folic acid, vitamin C, and carotene which is a precursor to vitamin A. Because the plant naturally thrives in hot, dry conditions, the juice inside the leaves is full of moisture-laden compounds that are beneficial to human skin.

Want to know more about the amazing properties of aloe vera? I wrote a blog post about it here that talks about five benefits of using aloe vera on your skin.

Find out more about our non-greasy, easily-absorbed day cream with aloe vera here.

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