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The Many Topical Uses of Aloe

Topical Uses for Aloe

Aloe’s amazing topical benefits have withstood the test of time! As one of history’s most beloved natural moisturizers, aloe vera is known for its soothing and remedial properties. But just how can you apply it in your daily skin and hair routines?

Haircare

When other products just won’t do, aloe can be the perfect hair solution in a variety of ways. Let’s start with the scalp: applying 99% Aloe Vera Gelly to the top of our head can help moisturize dry skin right at the base. Not only does it help soothe your scalp, but its natural vitamins also strengthen our hair strands, unblock hair follicles, and can potentially promote further hair growth. Plus, some people use aloe as a non-stick hair styling gel that lasts the full day without flaking off.

Shaving

Aloe is a great substitute for your shaving creams! Its easy-glide nature not only helps to moisturize your skin as you shave, but also helps avoid razor bumps and scrapes. You can just rub in any leftover gel for extra hydration.

Skincare

Research has shown that using aloe daily can help keep our skin looking bright and revitalized. This is due to our aloe’s ability to hydrate at least three of our epidermal layers. It goes deep beneath the skin to keep skin healthy.

We’ve all experienced the desperate need for aloe vera after a long day in the sun. Overexposure out there can sap your skin of its moisture. Our 99% Aloe Vera Gelly quickly soothes your sensitive skin by cooling it down and helping to restore the moisture it may have lost.

Other Topical Uses

While the majority of us already knew aloe can help remedy sunburns, did you know it’s also great for cuticle maintenance, body scrubs, foot treatments, and eyebrow waxing?

When you think about it, our nails are constantly exposed to water, harsh soaps, and various items we interact with on a day to day basis. This can cause our cuticles to become dry and brittle, which can lead to painful cracks or discomfort. Gently massaging 99% Aloe Vera Gelly onto the area can keep it hydrated and easy to maintain.

Similarly, aloe works well at revitalizing and exfoliating rough and worn skin. Using a pumice stone with aloe gelly can do wonders for calloused feet, and there are plenty of DIY body scrubs that can help restore our body’s natural hydration!

Aloe’s natural anti-inflammatory properties also makes it a terrific after-care addition to any eyebrow or body waxing process. It effectively cools and rejuvenates the area by soothing at the point of contact.

Where to Find Topical Aloe Gelly

Now that you know how to use it, getting 99% Aloe Vera Gelly is even easier with our Store Locator! Find it at a major retailer near you or visit  Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins to buy it online.

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Which Aloe Product Is Right For Me?

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When you consider adding an aloe vera product to your wellness routine, it can be challenging to decide which one to choose. Today, we will take a closer look at the features and benefits of five Lily products to help you determine the best option for you!

Aloe Vera Juice

Let’s start our discussion with our flagship product, Lily’s Preservative-Free Aloe Juice. You can choose from the Whole Leaf (made from entire leaves, including the rind) or Inner Fillet (made using the inner solids only); both varieties deliver amazing benefits, but testing has shown that the Whole Leaf variety is slightly more effective.

If you want to support your digestive or immune health, using aloe juice can be life-changing. Just 2-4 ounces daily helps balance your gut microbiome and boost your white blood cell count. It also reduces harmful toxins and stomach acid, provides enhanced antioxidant support, and helps your body absorb the nutrients supplied by food and supplements. Regular use is a real win-win because of the link between digestion and immunity!

And when it comes to drinking aloe juice, you have so many options! Enjoy it straight from the bottle, mixed with fruit juice, or added to a delicious smoothie or mocktail!

Aloe Vera Gel

Our Whole Leaf & Inner Filet aloe gel packs the same punch as their juice counterparts. This product has a thicker consistency and you may prefer the gel formula if you need help soothing your esophageal or stomach lining. This is a drinkable product and should not be confused with our gel(ly) formulated for topical use.

Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula

Why not try a natural approach to managing your gut health? This formula features a blend of organic herbs that have been used to support digestive health for centuries. Soothing ingredients, including slippery elm bark and chamomile leaf, work to calm the stomach lining that can be frustrated by spicy foods, stress, and excessive acid.

Balancing stomach acid is essential if you deal with occasional indigestion, heartburn, or bloating. Two ounces of Stomach Formula taken 15-30 minutes before meals work with your own stomach acid to create a healthy pH while soothing your digestion.  

Aloe Herbal Detox Formula

Our bodies can be subjected to toxins in food or water and as we navigate various environments and public spaces. And when we’re tired, stressed, or feeling unwell, our immune system can underperform. This product is a safe herbal detoxifier that you can use daily. 

The Detox Formula contains herbs that reduce harmful toxins, increase bioavailability, and support digestion and regularity. This formula also helps your liver, gallbladder, and urinary tract function better and promotes overall wellness.

99% Aloe Vera Gelly

Known as nature’s moisturizer, some people only think of aloe gel as a first-aid skin treatment. But our 99% aloe gelly has so much more to offer! 

Do you have dry hair or an itchy scalp? Do you shave or wax? Looking for an easy way to remove makeup? Does your skin need some daily attention? You can use our gelly for these topical needs and many more

Lily gelly hydrates, nourishes and penetrates at least three epidermal layers. It soothes and revitalizes dry skin. It’s safe for the entire family, so keep plenty on hand for your self-care needs!

Safely Using Our Products 

We recommend our juices and gel for people aged 13 and older. Our aloe has undergone clinical studies and received certifications to verify quality, safety, and purity so you can use it with confidence!

Please consult your healthcare provider if you take prescription drugs, supplements, are pregnant, or are nursing before starting an aloe regimen.

Start Incorporating Aloe Into Your Routine!

Now that you have more insight into our products, are you ready to shop? You can find Lily of The Desert in most major grocers and health food stores. Use our store locator to find a retailer in your area or shop online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins

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Your Intro to Lily’s Aloe Vera

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Are you new to the world of aloe vera? If so, we hope that you are also curious about Lily of the Desert! We’re an industry leader in natural products, with over fifty years of experience helping consumers enjoy the wellness benefits of this incredibly versatile plant.

We recently had a chance to sit down with NaturallySavvy’s Andrea Donsky at the Natural Products Expo West 2022 event to discuss what makes aloe one of nature’s best super plants. Today we’re covering some of the most-asked questions on how aloe can help benefit your health and why you can rely on Lily to give you the best products.

1. Why Should I Be Using Aloe Vera?

Aloe has a long history of use dating back thousands of years. Today it has many topical uses and is a common ingredient in beauty products and cosmetics. But the most significant benefits are experienced when it is used internally. Aloe contains over 200 active nutrients, including vitamins and enzymes, and provides essential support for the digestive and immune systems.

2. How Does Aloe Help Digestion?

The digestive process relies on several factors to function correctly. Unhealthy eating habits, stress, smoking, and excessive alcohol are just a few things that can impact digestion. Drinking Lily’s aloe juice can help smooth the stomach lining and balance the intestinal pH. By promoting a balanced gut, probiotics and enzymes can work more effectively. These benefits reduce acid, bloating, indigestion, and occasional stomach upset.  

3. Does Aloe Support Immunity?

Absolutely, and we have test results that confirm it! White blood cells are the first line of defense against viruses, toxins, and bacteria. A “Gold Standard” clinical review of Lily’s aloe showed an increase in white blood cells compared to a placebo group.

As 70% of the immune system resides in the gut, aloe creates a healthy gut biome with vitamins and minerals that help fight germs and illnesses. So adding our aloe to your daily health regimen just makes sense.

4. How Does Aloe Promote Nutrient Absorption for Supplements?

The aloe plant contains several compounds, including naturally active polysaccharides. These molecules help you avoid flushing away the beneficial nutrients found in food and supplements. By harnessing these polysaccharides and infusing them back into each of our aloe products through our patent-pending Aloesorb process, tests showed that Lily’s aloe dramatically raises bioavailability.  If you drink our aloe with your daily supplement, it can help increase the bioavailability and absorption of those nutrients.

5. Are Lily Products Safe?

The Lily team believes in science, and we’re proud of our clinical studies and certifications! They reflect our commitment to our motto, “Retaining the Quality that Nature Created.” In addition to our “Gold Standard” clinical studies, we are GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) for daily use and USDA Organic. This GRAS certification was achieved only after rigorous review of our manufacturing processes as well as finished goods by an expert panel.  We do this to give you peace of mind that our products are safe to use on a daily basis. 

6. Does Lily Manufacture Their Products?

We control every aspect of bringing you the best aloe products available, from field to bottle. Our aloe farms are 100% organic, and we harvest the plants by hand. We use strict manufacturing and quality control processes to maintain the integrity of each plant in order to guarantee that you are getting the highest quality product.

7. What Is The Best Way To Use Aloe Vera?

Aloe is easily consumed on its own or by adding it to your favorite beverage. Everyone responds differently, but we recommend that you start your aloe regimen with 2 ounces every day (do not exceed  8 ounces). It has a mildly bitter citrus flavor which is completely unnoticeable once mixed with other ingredients. 

Another popular option is to include aloe juice in smoothies. Combine with fruits, vegetables, honey, or nut milk to create a nutritious and tasty treat!  

We also recommend drinking aloe with your supplements. The bioavailability factor helps your body optimize nutrients. Consistent daily use ensures that you’ll enjoy all of the goodness aloe has to offer!

Spring Is A Great Time To Get Started With Lily!

Lily products support the healthy lifestyle you want for yourself and your family! They’re available in most major grocers and health food stores. Use our store locator to find a nearby retailer, or shop online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins

Our virtual door is always open on Facebook or Instagram! Feel free to share your comments or ask questions. And don’t forget to check out our health tips, promotions, and recipes! Happy Spring!

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10 Ways to Use Aloe In Your Daily Life

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Today we’re putting the spotlight on various uses for aloe vera. The talents of this wonder plant extend far beyond soothing sunburns! Keep reading to get better acquainted with nature’s most versatile plant and learn how it can improve your quality of life!

Applying Aloe Topically: Let Your Skin Lead The Way  

Aloe vera is nature’s best moisturizer, making it ideal to use in your daily skin and hair care routines. 

  1. Haircare: The vitamins in aloe vera make it a wonderful haircare product. Apply it to your hair and scalp to help relieve dryness, strengthen strands, reduce dandruff, unblock hair follicles, and promote growth.
  2. Skincare:  Daily use keeps skin radiant and supple by penetrating deep beneath the surface. Its antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties make it a natural treatment option for acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
  3. Nail Cuticle Care: Constant exposure to water, soaps, chemicals, and general wear and tear can leave cuticles dry and brittle. Daily massage with a soothing coat of aloe will help keep skin hydrated.
  4. Shaving: Why not substitute your shaving cream or gel with aloe? It provides just the right amount of slip, reducing the likelihood of razor bumps and scrapes. Plus, it helps to hydrate your skin as you go!
  5. Eyebrow Waxing:  If you love the look of freshly waxed brows but hate the painful process, make sure you have your aloe handy! Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, you can quickly soothe your skin at the point of contact.
  6. Foot Treatment: Are your feet tired and covered in rough skin? Grab a pumice stone and aloe and treat your feet to an invigorating and exfoliating scrub!
  7. Sun Exposure: Nothing soothes overexposed summer skin better than aloe. The key properties work quickly to restore moisture, relieve redness, and initiate healing.  You can even keep in the fridge for an extra cooling effect.

Our topical 99% Aloe Vera Gelly is your key to keeping your skin hydrated, healthy and happy. It can penetrate a minimum of 3 epidermal layers giving you maximum hydration.  

 Internal Support: Where Aloe Can Have A Dramatic Impact

While its topical benefits are more well-known, Aloe vera can make the most dramatic impact on your daily health when you drink it daily.

  1. Nutrient Absorption: Our bodies depend on the nutrition they receive from foods and supplements. Drinking 2 ounces of Lily of the Desert’s aloe with Aloesorb™ helps boost the bioavailability of nutrients in your daily supplements to help maximize their benefits to you.
  2. Digestion: Normal digestion can be compromised when the stomach becomes overly acidic. You can help ease your digestion by drinking aloe before meals. Our Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula contains key, trusted herbs combined with our organic aloe to help naturally balance stomach acid and soothe occasional stomach indigestion. It’s even available in handy, on-the-go stomach shots.
  3. Immunity: The key to keeping your immune system healthy is to start with having a healthy gut. You can help your immune system work efficiently by drinking four ounces of aloe juice daily. Our juice has been clinically proven to increase white blood cells, the body’s natural defense against germs and infection. It’s super easy to add our aloe juice to your favorite smoothie or juice recipe, or you can check out our blog for super delicious options. 

How Can I Find Lily of The Desert Products? 

With so many uses, why not stock up on your favorite Lily products or try something new? You can easily find them at major grocers and health food stores. Use our store locator to find a nearby retailer, or enjoy the convenience of online shopping at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins.

Join the Lily community today by following us on Facebook and Instagram! You can share feedback, ask questions, check out our health tips and recipes, and find the latest product news. See you online!

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The Facts About Aloin: Aloe’s Most Misunderstood Component

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Aloe vera has been used and treasured for centuries for its tremendous health benefits. Now viewed as a standard ingredient in wellness formulations, its thin layer between the outer leaf and inner fillet has long been the source of confusion and fear. Today we’ll take a closer look at aloin to get the real story and learn why it’s so misunderstood!

What is Aloin?

Aloin (also known as aloe latex) is a naturally occurring chemical present between the outer coating and inner flesh of aloe vera plants. A type of anthraquinones, it is a bitter, yellowish-brown fluid found in over 75 aloe varieties. 

Is Aloin Toxic?

Laboratory studies have validated that aloin contains compounds that can cause strong intestinal contractions resulting in a laxative effect. Consumers historically used aloin products to treat constipation; however, the FDA withdrew them in 2002 amid potential cancer-causing concerns. People should avoid consuming aloin because high concentrations of it may lead to dehydration, diarrhea, stomach cramps, or kidney failure.

How Is Aloin Removed From Aloe Vera?

Aloin is present in aloe vera at 10,000 parts per million (PPM) in its natural state, a level that makes it dangerous if ingested. Commercial manufacturers use a filtering process known as decolorization to remove the toxic compound. This method involves purifying them using carbon filtration. The byproduct is aloe vera juice which is essentially free of aloin.

According to the International Aloe Science Council, aloe products designed for human oral consumption should have fewer than 10 PPM of aloin. The aloin content in topical products (e.g. creams) must be below 50 PPM.

What Aloin Removal Techniques Does Lily of The Desert Use?

Lily was one of the first brands to pursue the filtering of aloin content beginning in 1986. We use the industry-standard decolorization process for filtration and purification. As the industry leader, we have also had our manufacturing processes and finished goods independently reviewed and verified by an Expert Council to be certified as Generally Recognized As Safe.

Our clinical studies confirm that Lily products have an aloin level of less than 1 part per million, which is below the recommended guideline. You can be confident that they are safe for daily use by you and your family!

Are Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Products Safe to Use?

Because aloin is often misunderstood, many people will not use or recommend whole leaf aloe vera products.  But since the products go through a filtration process to reduce that content to less than 1 part million, it is completely safe to use Whole Leaf products.

The key to reliable aloe vera production is following proper handling and manufacturing practices. Count on our team of experts to manage the journey from seed to bottle to ensure product purity, effectiveness, and safety. Lily takes great pride in bringing you all the advantages aloe vera has to offer!

Purchasing Lily of The Desert Products

The Lily of The Desert family of products is designed to meet your wellness and personal care needs. From our preservative-free organic juices, hand sanitizer, and skin-nurturing gelly, we have you and your family covered! Use our handy store locator to find a nearby retailer or purchase online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins

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Immune-Boosting Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

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Nothing says the holidays like a pumpkin pie, but they can be loaded with sugar. Get the flavors you love without the extra sugar with our very first smoothie bowl recipe! This Immune-Boosting Pumpkin Pie Bowl is packed with helpful nutrients, antioxidants, and essential vitamins. Plus, when you add a dash of aloe, you’re in for an even healthier treat.

Added Immunity For The Holidays

Smoothie bowls are beautiful and a great meal alternative. You can start the day out with a healthy meal or use this as a mid-afternoon snack. It’s also the perfect way to get picky eaters to enjoy more fruits and healthy ingredients that help with good immunity.

Here is what you will need for the Immune-Boosting Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl:

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • Dash cinnamon and turmeric
  • About 8 pecans
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 3 ripe, frozen bananas
  • 1 cup ice (optional, for added thickness)
  • 4 tablespoons Aloe Juice

Directions:

You will need about 10 minutes to make your healthy smoothie bowl and this recipe will make enough for two servings. 

  1. Cut up the frozen banana pieces and set them aside. 
  2. Add pumpkin puree, almond milk, ice, aloe juice, cinnamon, and turmeric to your blender and blend until smooth. 
  3. Place the blended smoothie in a bowl. 
  4. Top smoothie with the dates, pecans, and sliced bananas. 
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

How This Healthy Smoothie Bowl Can Help You

Did you know around 70% of our immune system is located in the gut? By supporting your stomach’s biome with the right vitamins and minerals, you’re also buffing up your immunity against bad germs. Fuel and nourish your body with ingredients that support overall good health.

Pumpkin

Our star of the show would have to be the pumpkin. High in antioxidants, eating pumpkin can help support our immune systems while fighting disease. Plus, since it’s chock full of vitamins and minerals, its high levels of beta-carotene can also help with your eye health and inflammation.

Pecans

Now, pecans are a great source of healthy fats, but also contain a variety of vitamins that can help boost our immunity. They are high in protein and contain thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E. Their antioxidant-rich content provides the body with antioxidants that help fight free radicals.

Dates

Dates are an excellent source of fiber and contain a high concentration of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin c, and many more. These also do wonders for improving your daily immunity! Regular consumption of dates helps with constipation and energy levels, just to name a few! They can also help lower cholesterol levels, anemia, and inflammation. 

Bananas

Most of us know bananas are high in potassium. This helps to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease. However, we need to give bananas more credit: they’re also high in magnesium, B6, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and much more to help with immunity.

Almond Milk

Dairy can be hard on our bodies. Almond milk is derived from almonds and delivers vital nutrients and vitamins, which offer many health benefits to you. Almond milk provides the body with fiber as well as Vitamin E, zinc, selenium, manganese, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and more. Unsweetened almond milk is the best choice to avoid excess sugar!

Cinnamon & Turmeric

Cinnamon has antioxidant properties that help to fight off disease and reduce the risk of inflammation. Likewise, turmeric is very commonly known for its anti-inflammatory attributes but also helps fight off bacteria and relieve occasional pain.

Aloe Juice

What better way to boost your smoothie than with a splash of aloe? Lily of the Desert aloe juice has a mild flavor, helping mask it with just about any smoothie or drink. High in vitamins C, A, and E, aloe is clinically proven to help encourage overall health. From supporting a healthy digestive system to enhancing our white blood counts for better immunity, aloe is a great addition to any DIY health recipe.

How to Purchase Lily of the Desert  

Ready to get healthy for the holidays? You can find a store near you by using our store locator or find our products online through Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins

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The Importance of GRAS Certification

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While there are many different types of certifications out there for products, the GRAS certification is able to give consumers peace of mind during daily use. Lily of the Desert completed a rigorous GRAS certification process a few years back due to growing concerns about aloin content found in aloe.

But first, let’s talk about what being GRAS certified means, and why it is so important that Lily of the Desert is the only aloe brand that has received it.

The Importance of GRAS Certification

For those who don’t know, GRAS stands for “Generally Recognized as Safe”. The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, uses this acronym in the manufacturing of food and health products. GRAS describes ingredients of products that are considered safe if ingested or used over time.

Obtaining a GRAS certification can require an extensive amount of time and scientific research. Lily of the Desert was reviewed by an expert panel to ensure all requirements are met. From processing to manufacturing, this expert panel looked at the entire product lifecycle.

We Are The Only GRAS Certified Aloe Brand

Lily sought a GRAS certification soon after a FDA-backed study into aloe vera showed that high quantities of aloin could cause health issues. Aloin, also known as aloe latex or anthraquinones, is a thin layer of yellow sap found within the aloe vera plant. If consumed in high doses, it can cause a laxative effect. In raw form, aloe’s aloin content is around 10,000 parts per million – a high amount for our bodies to endure.

Studies published in the Journal of Toxicology show that Lily of the Desert products contain less than 1 part per million aloin content, or 1,000 times less than raw Aloe vera. Both our whole leaf and inner fillet products are safe to use on a daily basis and for extended periods of time. As the only GRAS certified aloe brand, Lily of the Desert offers the safest aloe experience on the market.

Of course, we don’t just stop there. Gold Standard Clinical Studies show that Aloesorb™, our patent-pending aloe infusion, is scientifically-proven to take aloe to the next level. This confirmed a major increase in nutrient absorption rates. It also helps boost white blood cell counts, enhance antioxidant support, and reduce toxic nitrate levels.

Through our efforts and dedication to our brand, we have raised the standards of aloe vera products and increased awareness of the overall benefits aloe vera provides.

Proven Science, Proven Safe

When you use natural products for health and wellness, it’s important to make sure they’re fully delivering on their promises.

To guarantee even more peace of mind, Lily of the Desert is certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC), our aloe plants are certified organic by OneCert in accordance with the USDA Certified National Organic Program, and most products are certified Kosher.

You can trust that our products maintain strict farming standards. Our aloe is organically grown in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the desert of Mexico. We provide the highest level of aloe benefits through each step of the managed process.

How to Purchase Lily of the Desert  

We are a science-based company with exemplary field-to-bottle methods, and pride ourselves on creating aloe vera products customers can trust. You can find a store near you using our store locator or explore other convenient purchasing options online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins. We would love to hear from you! Please reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram.

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5 Tips for Everyday Immune Health

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Kids are back in school, work is in full swing, and Halloween is just around the corner. That can only mean one thing: we’re back to seasonal germs. However, taking proper care of your immune health is the best way to fight against these pesky germs.

1.Cough & Sneeze Into Your Arm

Part of stopping the spread of germs is working together as a community. To keep germs at bay, we all need to pull our weight. The least we can do is cough and sneeze into our arms when we’re out in public.

This method is known as the vampire cough. While coughing or sneezing into your arm isn’t a fool-proof plan, it can significantly slow down the spread of germs. Experts suggest this method is better than using your hands. This is because you’re less likely to touch surfaces or other people with your sleeve.

2. Eat Well

Have you ever tried to treat a cold with a bowl of soup and a cup of warm tea? While your heart may be in the right place, even though the rest of your body feels out of sorts, taking care of your immune health is a bit more complicated.

A balanced diet consists of a range of vitamins and minerals. The right nutrients can help prepare your body for its fight against infections and disease. Some of the foods you should add to your diet include:

  • Miso
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Sauerkraut
  • Aloe Vera Juice
  • Fermented Vegetables
  • Other Prebiotic Foods

3. Exercise

The best way to maximize a healthy diet is by exercising regularly. Exercising is also a great way to boost your immune health. Physical activity, such as a light jog or a brisk walk, can help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways.

Keeping up with physical activity can also cause a change in antibodies and white blood cells. These are two of the main ways we fight off infiltrating germs. The rise in body temperature while working out can also help prevent bacteria from growing. However, be careful not to overextend yourself, as that can cause more harm than good.

4. Sleep Well

A poor sleep schedule is a common trend among those who frequently find themselves ill. While it can be hard to adjust your sleep cycle, we can’t stress enough how important a healthy eight hours of sleep is.

During sleep, your immune system releases cytokines. Your body uses these cytokines to fight off infections or inflammation. Long-term sleep deprivation can increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

5. Lily’s Hand Sanitizer and Aloe Vera Juice

Your hands are constantly coming in contact with germs and unwanted bacteria. To combat these foreign invaders, our aloe vera-based Lily’s hand sanitizer offers a safe and germ-free method to keep your hands clean. This formula has a 70% U.S.-sourced ethyl alcohol base, mixed with our soothing, organically-grown aloe vera. It’s safe, gentle, and great for the whole family to use.

Plus, drinking our aloe vera juice can help give your immune system the boost it needs. It is clinically proven to help boost white blood cells that act as a first line of defense in our bodies. Add it to your favorite immune-boosting smoothie, you can find some recipes here from our blog.

Protect Your Immune System With Lily

If you’re looking to strengthen your immune system, Lily of the Desert products can help! We offer a wide range of aloe vera-based products designed to help you take better care of yourself. To find a store near you please use our store finder tool.

You can also find us on Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions about the products we offer!

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How to Have A Successful Back to School

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With classes starting, parents and kids are scrambling to make sure they have everything needed to make the school year great. From health and nutrition to routines and supplies, here are some tips to help make things a little easier.

Prepare The Night Before

One way to ensure your kids are prepared to walk out the door is to get everything together the night before. For example, laying out their clothes and shoes will help speed up the morning process and keep everyone from feeling the stress. Have a light jacket ready for those cold hallways and classrooms. 

Likewise, if your kids bring lunch from home, pack what you can the night before and have it ready in the fridge for easy access. It’s also smart to have their backpack and anything else they need for school ready to go by the door. Review their schedules and classroom assignments ahead of time to get them prepared for the hustle and bustle of a new school year. 

Label Their Items

Kids tend to misplace just about everything they touch. Add in a new classroom, new friends, and even a bus ride, they’ll tend to lose things even more quickly. Be sure to label everything with your kids’ names to make sure it always comes back to them. We suggest labeling the tag in the jacket and backpack. You should also label any supplies your kids may be taking back and forth to school.

Encourage Healthy Eating

After-school appetites are always to be expected. To keep the kids and mom happy, try leaving out a snack bin. Having a bin full of prepackaged snacks or even ones you have divided out into bags can help with the afternoon routine in your home. Not only are they a great way to ensure your children are eating well, but they’re also handy for school snacks and lunches.

It’s also important to make sure they’re staying hydrated during the day. If you have trouble getting them to drink their fair share of water, give EcoDrink Naturals a try. These packets are easy for kids to grab, mix with a bottle of water, and enjoy. Parents love them because they are sugar-free and contain multivitamins to help keep the kids hydrated! Kids love them because they give water just the right burst of flavor.

Back to School Essentials

Germs are everywhere, especially in highly populated areas. Keeping your kids protected during the school year can be challenging, but little tips and habits can help make it easier. A bottle of Lily’s hand sanitizer in their lunch box and backpack can help ensure they have clean hands and keep the germs away. Our hand sanitizer kills 99.99% of germs and bacteria, contains vitamin E, and is naturally gentle on sensitive skin.

You should also remind them of the importance of washing their hands after using the bathroom. Encourage them to cough and sneeze into their elbow, and keep distance between them and anyone they know is sick. It’s no secret kids love to share, and unfortunately, that can include anything from germs to lice. Good hygiene and healthy habits are a parent’s best friends!

Purchasing Your Back to School Essentials

Starting your scholars off right in the new year with a little help from Lily. Visit Amazon, Pharmaca, and Swanson Vitamins to purchase your favorite back to school essentials, or check out our Facebook or Instagram for more information. We would love to hear your feedback or any questions you may have!

 

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The Many Topical Uses of Aloe Vera

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The topical benefits of aloe gelly have been known for thousands of years (even Cleopatra was a fan!), but most people only think to use it after they’ve had their fun in the sun. Aloe vera can be used in so many great ways to help hydrate and soothe your entire body, from head to toe. As one of nature’s most nourishing super plants, we’re excited to explore all the different ways topical aloe vera can be applied for more self-care.

Facial Care

Aloe vera is an awesome face moisturizer for even the most sensitive skin types. Since it doesn’t have any harsh ingredients, you can use it anywhere on your body for deep and gentle hydration. 

You can use our 99% Aloe Vera Gelly as a daily moisturizer to help hydrate your face and keep dry skin at bay. Apply some gelly before you put on your makeup in the morning to help keep a fresh face and add it to your nightly skincare routine for additional moisture. Aloe gelly will not clog your pores!

Shaving is easier, with less chance of bumps appearing, when using aloe vera gelly and helps leave skin feeling smooth. 

Hair Care 

Aloe contains vitamins A, C, and E that can help promote healthy hair. Studies have found that using aloe to condition the scalp may stimulate your hair follicles. This is due to the proteolytic enzymes that help repair dead skin cells. 

You can use plain 99% Aloe Vera Gelly as hair styling gel, or add in essential oils for their benefits and fragrance. Tea tree, rosemary, and lavender may be good choices to add to hair gel, as they are antifungal and have other healthy properties! Check out our Aloe Vera Styling Spray as well!

Body & Foot Care

Our bodies slough off over a million skin cells in 24 hours. In order for healthy, living skin cells to come to the top layer we sometimes need to help get rid of the dead cells. 

Using ingredients around the house, a “Do-It-Yourself” aloe body scrub is great for softening and smoothing skin while providing moisturizing benefits. Sea salt exfoliates dead or damaged skin cells, while the aloe vera gelly hydrates dry and itchy skin. Plus, raw honey’s antimicrobial properties help your skin in its natural healing process. Next time you need a spa day at home, be sure to have 99% Aloe Vera Gelly on hand!

And don’t forget that you can use the aloe gelly for shaving! It’s an easy option to eliminate unwanted hair while hydrating the skin at the same time. Just rub in any remaining gelly for a natural skin softener. 

We’ve all experienced the effects of being out in the sun too long. As one of the most common uses for topical aloe, the 99% Aloe Vera Gelly works to cool down the affected area when applied. It can also help stimulate collagen production and contains key vitamins and amino acids that can help soften skin. Specifically formulated to replenish weather-worn skin, our gelly provides an excellent source of soothing hydration. It moisturizes deep into at least three of our epidermal layers using pure, organically-grown aloe vera after a hot summer day.

Other potential uses include nail cuticle care, around eyebrows after waxing, daily foot moisturizer (use with a pumice stone).

How to Purchase 99% Aloe Vera Gelly

Lily of the Desert’s 99% Aloe Vera Gelly is effective and safe to use on the whole family. To purchase, use our store locator to find a store near you. You can also go online to Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins to have the products delivered right to your door. 

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