I love Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera for skincare. Aloe Vera for the occasional refreshing (and laxative!) drink. Aloe Vera for home décor. Seriously, how can this juicy, spiky plant ever go wrong?
(Also, did you like my “Franglais” in the title? It’s a little talent Montrealers have. I know, you’re jealous.)
Aloe’s usage in human history can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, in which the succulent plant was depicted on carvings and used as burial offerings to Pharaohs. (And you know what I always say “If it’s good enough for a Pharaoh, it’s good enough for me.” Besides marrying siblings. That’s not cool.) Also, Aloe is fabled to be Cleopatra’s beauty secret. Legend has it, she was a total babe.
Although Aloe has never been proved with certainty to have medicinal benefits, I don’t really buy that. It certainly has topical benefits that have been proven, and I’ve had enough burns, scrapes, cuts, bites, and angry red skin to know that a little burst of cooling, soothing aloe does a world of difference at easing inflammation and healing skin. I have literally watched my abused skin change back to a normal colour and I’ve felt the pain ease away after applying aloe. Who hasn’t, right? I am a firm believer that traditional medicines always knows what’s what, and am more sceptical when modern medical science isn’t super excited about proving the glorious effects of a product they can’t patent. Anyhow, I won’t get my politics involved here! (Ha ha, too late.)
Aloe is always the best treasure to discover growing near where you’re staying or near the beach while on vacation, isn’t it? It’s a medicinal treasure-trove and beauty elixir all in one. Aloe is a nutrient-rich plant that helps skin draw in moisture, and helps regenerate skin. I’m not one to shy away from helping myself to a big juicy cutlet, and using it for several days while being a beach bum. Pop it in the cooler, and you’ve got your pharmacy to go, right there.
Also, have you ever smeared a bunch of fresh Aloe all over your face, neck and chest and let it dry, like a mask? It has a mild tightening, astringent feel, all the while making skin crazy-soft! It’s effect on acne is almost immediate. The little buggers just calm down and take a breather.
I don’t need a study to tell me that that’s a great feeling that my skin adores.
Find Aloe Vera juice in our White Willow Bark Perfecting Tonic!