Where Does Aloe Grow?
Aloe is grown mainly in the dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and America. Because of its many therapeutic uses, it is now commercially cultivated in the United States, Japan, and countries in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. However, you can grown your own Aloe Vera plant quite happy in a pot as a household plant, and easily find great organically cultivated aloe from your health food store.
Despite its very cactus-like characteristics, Aloe belongs to the lily family, which also includes asparagus, onions, leeks and garlic. The Aloe plant contains over thirty enzymes, including lipase and oxidase. It could be argued that enzymes are the missing element in the modern diet since 40% of the adult population suffer digestive problems and digestion is enzyme-based.
What Makes it Awesome for Skin Care?
Aloe Vera also contains significant levels of salicylic acid (the active ingredient in aspirin) which accounts for some of the herb’s pain-killing potential. We know that a nice drop of aloe can greatly reduce a sun burn.
Salicylic acid also plays a role in Aloe’s detoxifying and cell-cleansing capacity. The well-researched capacity of Aloe to stimulate the immune system is arguably its most important attribute. Others have testified that a daily drink with high quality organic Aloe juice helps clear sensitive skin. Aloe is well known as a soothing ingredient in organic skincare lotions and body products.
There are a host of studies from every continent documenting the healthful benefits of Aloe Vera, taken both internally and used externally. Aloe has truly earned it reputation as a natural, healthful ‘wonder’ plant.
I highly recommend all skin care products that have aloe in them. It will work for you to sooth your skin.
To a bright and beautiful you,