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5 Tips for Everyday Immune Health

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.

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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

aloe vera gel benefits

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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How Much Aloe Juice Should I Drink?

Aloe is great for digestive health

While most people may be aware of the topical perks of aloe vera, there’s plenty to be said about the benefits of consuming it internally. After all, aloe juice is clinically proven to help digestive health and regularity, support the immune system, and even improve nutrient absorption. However, when and how you take aloe juice vary depending on these factors.

How Much Aloe Juice Should I Drink? 

For adults and children age 13 or older, we’d recommend 2 ounces (4 Tablespoons) per serving. Always refrigerate after opening. You can drink it alone or mixed with your favorite beverage. We’re big fans of detox smoothies and immunity mocktails ourselves.

While everyone is different, the amount each person needs also differs. Do not take more than 8 ounces daily, as that is about as much as your body can absorb and you want to avoid a laxative effect. After opening, it’s best to consume the preserved product within 5-6 months or the preservative-free in 30-45 days to keep the freshness and efficacy of the product. Remember – always keep the bottle refrigerated!

Aloe Juice for Pregnant Women or Children

While topical use of aloe is generally recognized as safe for people of all ages and health statuses, it’s better to err on the side of caution when it comes to aloe vera juice. If your child is under the age of 13 or you’re pregnant, it’s best to consult with your physician before consuming aloe vera juice. 

The Aloesorb Difference 

If you’re familiar with Lily of the Desert, you’ve probably heard about Aloesorb. It’s our very own patent-pending aloe process that is entirely unique in our industry. Products with Aloesorb have been proven to increase nutrient absorption, which helps with antioxidant support, as well as aiding in balanced digestion. White blood cells are extremely important to our immune system’s strength, and drinking aloe juice daily has been shown to increase white blood cell counts to help strengthen the immune system. 

Enhance Gut Health & Immune Support 

Some of the wonderful benefits of consuming aloe vera juice are its positive impact on the immune system and gut health. For people who are using it for digestive health, we recommend consumeing aloe vera juice 15-30 minutes before eating a meal for maximum benefits. Not only does aloe vera juice provide gut health support, but helps boost the immune system, too!

Increase Your Nutrient Absorption Naturally 

Taking your daily supplements is an important step in your daily health regimen.  Oftentimes, we do not readily absorb all the goodness that is found in the vitamins and supplements and they are filtered out without being completely effective. When you drink 2 oz of our aloe vera juice with Aloesorb along with your supplements you can help improve the absorption of the nutrients, enhancing the efficacy for your body.  

How to Purchase Lily of the Desert  

At Lily of the Desert, we take pride in providing high-quality aloe vera products that support your body from the inside out. Find a store near you using our store locator, or go online to Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins to start.

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10 Facts About Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Vera

The benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is known to be a powerhouse of good benefits, but did you know Lily of the Desert’s aloe is scientifically-boosted to go beyond that of other brands? Through independent Gold Standard studies and a dedication to high-quality growing, processing, and bottling, discover how we’ve stayed a cut above the rest. Our differences are what has helped us become the best-selling aloe brand in the past 50 years!

1. Lily’s Aloe Is Organically Grown

In order to maintain our organic status, Lily’s aloe fields are not genetically modified or sprayed with toxic pesticides. This greatly reduces the amount of toxins that are normally found in other nonorganic foods and products.

2. Harvested In Our Very Own Fields

How do we keep things so fresh? We have our own organic aloe fields, allowing us to supervise the entire process from growth to completion. This also ensures our plants are treated exactly how we’d like them to be.

3. Processed & Bottled In-House

It doesn’t matter if it’s our juices, gels, formulas, or sanitizers – each Lily of the Desert aloe product follows a high set of standards to provide our customers with an exceptional experience every time. We always strive to produce the best quality aloe vera products with safety in mind. 

4. G.R.A.S. Certified (Generally Recognized as Safe)

Our aloe has achieved the FDA’s Generally Recognized as Safe certification among a qualified panel of experts. You can consume our products confidently, knowing they’ve been thoroughly tested and regulated. 

5. Clinically Proven to Help Boost Health Benefits

Science is important to us. That’s why our products are clinically-tested through independent Gold Standard clinical studies that have proven our products can help strengthen immune support, help with detoxification, increase nutrient absorption rates, and more.

6. Lily’s Aloe Is Boosted with Aloesorb

As a patent-pending process unique to Lily, no other brand uses Aloesorb within their aloe products. We’ve taken all the goodness of aloe and enhanced it ten-fold to deliver even more effective benefits of aloe vera.

7. Aloesorb Utilizes High-Quality Aloe Polysaccharides

Made from the beneficial polysaccharides found within pure aloe vera, Aloesorb does not contain any preservatives, water, or additives. It is an isolate of the high molecular weight aloe polysaccharides obtained through a specific process and is included in our entire product line.

8. Aloesorb Is Clinically Proven to Help Support A Healthy Immune System

Immune health has never been more important and supporting it should be part of your daily routine. With Aloesorb, our aloe is clinically proven to help increase white blood cell counts and support healthy antioxidant support.

9. Aloesorb Is Clinically Proven to Help Boost Nutrient Absorption

Not only does Aloesorb boost aloe’s overall benefits, but it also increases nutrient absorption rates! Our studies proved Aloesorb helped the body naturally absorb nutrients better than aloe vera juice without it.  It is the ideal companion to your daily supplement routine.

10. Aloesorb Is Clinically Proven to Help Reduce Nitrates

Nitrates and ammonias are known as toxic byproducts that are commonly added to food to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Aloesorb works to help reduce those toxic levels to aid in better digestion and nutrient absorption.

How to Purchase Lily of the Desert Products

If you’re ready to boost your health through the amazing benefits of aloe vera, there’s no better supplement choice than Lily of the Desert. Our aloe is specially-enhanced with powerful Aloesorb to be more effective than ever before.

Find our aloe products in a store near you, or go online to Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins to get it delivered right to your door. 

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10 Facts About Aloe’s Health Benefits

health benefits of aloe

Aloe vera is highly regarded as a “super plant” for a variety of reasons, and is so impactful in the ways it can benefit our health. From hydrating our skin to boosting nutrient absorption, aloe is truly an incredible source of overall wellness. Here are 10 amazing facts about how a recommended supply of aloe vera can help maintain your good health!

1. Aloe Has Topical Benefits on the Skin 

Known as nature’s best moisturizer for thousands of years, the inner gel of the aloe plant helps replenish and moisturize our skin. As such, our own Aloe Vera Gelly can help soothe tender skin after sun & wind exposure, and promote an attractive and healthy appearance, and hydrate a minimum of 3 epidermal layers.

2. Aloe Has Natural Antioxidant Properties

Antioxidants can help protect your cells from free radical damage, which may have negative impacts on your health. Aloe vera offers enhanced antioxidant support to our bodies so we can maintain good health down to the cellular level.

3. Aloe Encourages Digestive Health Benefits 

Did you know aloe can help naturally balance your stomach’s acidity? Our Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula uses a combination of organically-grown aloe and trusted herbs to help maintain healthy digestion. Getting your stomach’s pH balance on track can also help with occasional acid reflux and heartburn. Aloe can also help create a helpful digestive environment to support healthy flora growth with the aid of probiotics.  Our digestive systems are the center of the body’s health systems so it is important to maintain healthy digestion.

4. Aloe is Rich in Amino Acids

Aloe contains over 200 nutrients that are required for human life. It has 20 out of 22 of the amino acids, 7 of which are essential for the human body. It also contains monosaccharides, mucilages, and polysaccharides – the basis for which we’ve created our patent-pending Aloesorb process

5. Aloe Helps Strengthen Immunity 

Consuming our aloe vera juice is clinically proven to positively impact your immune system due to all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it contains, but most importantly, the polysaccharides. You can drink it plain or add it to your favorite beverage – we prefer smoothies and mocktails!

6. Aloe Is An Adaptogen

Adaptogens help your body stay in homeostasis by improving your adaptability to physical and emotional stress. Aloe vera works as an adaptogen to help your body’s response to fatigue, stress, and anxiety. 

7. Aloe Offers Detoxification Benefits 

Detoxification is vital for everyday life, as it helps remove unwanted waste that prevent our body’s cells from absorbing essential nutrients. Using a specifically formulated detox product like our Aloe Herbal Detox Formula can support the body’s natural detoxification process and support healthy regularity.

8. Aloe Contains Natural Enzymes

Aloe contains 8 natural enzymes that can help your body naturally break down food to support a balanced digestive system.

9. Aloe Contains Essential Vitamins

Consuming foods that have vitamins is an excellent way to support the body naturally. Aloe naturally contains vitamins A, C, and E, which are great antioxidants. It also has vitamin B12, choline, and folic acid to help us stay healthy.

10. Aloe Contains Beneficial Polysaccharides That Enhance Nutrient Absorption

Aloe contains polysaccharides that help enhance nutrient absorption and support an increase of white blood cell counts. At Lily of the Desert, we’ve discovered a way to boost these natural benefits through our Aloesorb process. Our gold standard studies show that our aloe can help reduce toxic levels of nitrates, support immune health, and provide a valuable increase in nutrient absorption when compared to traditional aloe vera

Ready To Try Aloe?

If you are ready to try aloe vera to take your health to the next level, Lily of the Desert has got you covered. You can find our products in a store near you or go online to Amazon, Vitacost, and Lucky Vitamin to get it delivered right to your door. 

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Interesting Facts About Aloe Plants

In our first fact installment in honor of Lily’s 50 years of aloe, we discovered how aloe vera benefited the lives of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Native Americans, and more. Now, we’re turning the magnifying glass over to look at some interesting facts about the amazing plant itself!

1. Aloe Can Survive For Over 100 Years

With its hardy and resilient nature, it should be no surprise that wild species of aloe vera are known to live for over 100 years. Domesticated aloe can also make a great houseplant for those who have a green thumb. Aloe vera plants prefer to be grown in warm areas, and do best with soil on the dry side. Be careful, though – the high water content in the leaves can often subject them to freezing in colder temperatures.

2. Aloe Is Not A Cactus, But Its Own Species of Plant

Many people assume aloe is part of the cactus family due to its spiky exterior and familiar green color. However, the aloe plant is actually of its own genus simply called “Aloe”. The most widely recognized species is the “true aloe” or aloe vera, because it is grown as the standard source for various pharmaceutical purposes. 

3. There Are Over 500 Varieties of Aloe Plants

As it is its own species of plant, the Aloe genus contains over 500 flowering and succulent-based varieties. In addition to the hybrids and species within its genus, there have also been other genera created in cultivation, such as various plants like gasteria and astroloba. 

4. Aloe Is 95% Water, 5% Beneficial Solids

The most beneficial part of the aloe vera plant doesn’t come from the water, but from the 5% of working molecules. Aloe’s polysaccharides, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids, hormones, and anthraquinones are all the components that give the aloe vera products their high efficacy.

5. The Aloe Plant Has Self-Healing Properties

Not only does the aloe plant help our bodies maintain overall wellness, but it also can do the same for itself. Aloe plants have the ability to regenerate in dry, sunny areas. As a tip, if you’re watering your plant too much, simply cut the shrivelled leaf at the base and it will regrow at the stalk.

6. Aloe Juice Is A Key Ingredient In Healthy Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to pack a quick and easy nutritional punch. Simply add in 4 ounces of aloe vera juice to your favorite recipes for added nutrient absorption and immune health benefits. Make an immunity-boosting Strawberry, Aloe & Ginger Smoothie or our Green Detox Blend for a delicious breakfast, snack, or dessert!

7. There Have Been 700+ Studies on the Benefits of Aloe

As there have been many scientific studies performed on aloe, the positive results are undisputable. At Lily of the Desert, we’re proud to be a leader in science-based research and ensure each of our aloe products are taken through independent “Gold Standard” clinical studies for the best benefits possible.

8. Aloe Gel Can Be Used In Natural Hair Regimens

Lily’s aloe vera gel can be a great source of hydration when used in hair. An aloe vera gel hair mask can strengthen hair strands, soothe the scalp, and act as a natural conditioner to leave your hair smooth and healthy. You can add aloe vera gel directly to your hair conditioner to get all the benefits!

9. Unfiltered Aloe Contains High Doses of Aloin 

Naturally found between the rind and inner gelly of the aloe plant, aloin (also known as anthraquinones) can be harmful when ingested in high doses. Lily of the Desert was one of the first companies to filter down aloin using a charcoal filtration process so the levels are well within the limits set by the International Aloe Science Council. 

10. Aloe Is An Adaptogen That Helps Naturally Balance the Body

Aloe is considered an adaptogen, or substance that stimulates or strengthens the body. Adaptogens work with the adrenal system because it controls hormones that manage the body’s response to stress, anxiety, and fatigue. Aloe has been shown to increase resistance and adaptability to stress as it has a direct effect on the immune system of the body. 

Add Some Aloe In Your Life

If you’re ready to positively influence your health with Lily’s aloe vera products, we can help get you started. Check out our products in a store near you, or go online to Amazon, Vitacost, and Lucky Vitamin to get it delivered right to your door. 

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10 Facts About The History of Aloe Vera

For thousands of years, aloe vera has been used as a source of health and wellness– and for very good reason. Whether it’s used as a topical gel or being ingested for bodily benefits, aloe has been highly regarded as one of the most powerful plants to naturally help the human body. 

In honor of Lily’s 50 years of aloe excellence, we’re going to be counting down 50 incredible aloe facts for the rest of the year! Today’s 10 facts cover the history of aloe vera, and how it’s made a massive impact on the societies of the past.

1. Aloe: A Holistic Staple Throughout History

Recent historical studies show that all ancient civilizations, with no exception, have been drawn to the many health benefits of the aloe plant. As only natural ingredients were available back then, they used what they could access to help tend to their wounds and ailments.

The aloe vera plant is widely known to be one of the most moisturizing and hydrating plants, making it an excellent choice to help the skin. It also contains many minerals, enzymes, vitamins, and amino acids that help support health from the inside out. Finally, aloe vera naturally encourages good digestive health and a stronger immune system when taken internally.

2. The First Written Record of Aloe Occurred 6,000 Years Ago

Although we will never know the actual date of when the medicinal applications of the aloe vera plant were first discovered, we do know that 6,000-year-old carvings of the plant were found in Egypt. At some point after, the Egyptians used it as a burial gift or offering to the deceased pharaohs. 

3. The Meaning of the Word “Aloe Vera”

The name “Aloe Vera” is derived from the Arabic word “Alloeh”, which translates to “shining bitter substance”, and the latin word “Vera”, which translates to “true”. The literal translation of the word is pretty accurate in the description of the plant’s physical qualities. 

4. Aloe Was Known As The “Plant of Immortality” To Ancient Egyptians

The Egyptians referred to aloe as the “plant of immortality” because it can live and bloom without soil. The Egyptians were also among the first people to realize the aloe vera plant’s multiple health benefits. They used aloe for various activities, from topical application and internal use, to burial offerings to their gods. 

5. Aloe Is Used In The Traditional Indian Practice of Ayurveda

In Sanskrit (the ancient Ayurvedic language), “kumari” is the word used for the aloe vera plant, which translates to “a beautiful young girl”. In Ayurveda, the aloe plant is culturally known to keep a woman youthful. According to Ayurveda, aloe is a perfect herb for a woman to use throughout her life, as it’s praised for its potent ability to support digestion, skincare, and natural beauty. 

6. Native American Tribes Called Aloe The “Wand of Heaven”

As part of their culture, Native Americans recognized the aloe vera plant as the “mystery plant,” “medicine plant,” and “burn plant”. They lovingly referred to it as the “wand of heaven” because they believed the plant’s health and moisturizing properties came directly from heaven. 

7. Ancient Greeks Claimed Aloe Aided Baldness & Insomnia

The ancient Greeks believed the aloe plant was from the gods, and made the claim it could “cure anything from baldness to insomnia.” Although there is no scientific evidence of this today, aloe was widely used as a natural hair loss treatment back then, and many Greeks enjoyed using aloe both internally and externally. 

8. Alexander the Great Used Aloe to Aid His Soldier’s Wounds

As Alexander the Great travelled across the many territories of Asia, it is documented that he used the juice of the aloe vera plant to help aid the wounds of his soldiers. Alexander even went through the trouble of planting aloe vera plants in transportable carts to have fresh aloe available during his battles. 

9. Cleopatra & Nefertiti Used Aloe In Their Daily Regimens

In the time of the pharaohs, the Egyptians idealized aloe vera and referred to it as “the plant of immortality”. As such, Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra both used aloe vera daily in their beauty regimens. It is believed they rubbed the aloe vera gelly directly on their skin every day to keep it soft and smooth. Aloe was regarded as the sacred plant “blood” that held the secrets to immortality, beauty, and health. 

10. Aloe Has Been Historically Considered the “Lily of the Desert”

With its ability to live and bloom without soil, the aloe plant’s hardiness makes it a great plant for even the most novice gardener. It’s referred to as the “lily of the desert” because it is a beautiful plant that can thrive in the most desolate conditions.

Ready To Give Aloe A Try?

If you’re interested in discovering just how aloe has made a name for itself throughout the years, Lily of the Desert has got your back. You can find our products in a store near you, or go online to Amazon, Vitacost, and Lucky Vitamin to get it delivered right to your door. 

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The Aloe & Blackberry Mojito Mocktail Recipe

With fresh ingredients like mint, blackberry, and lime, mojitos can be a refreshing choice even without the addition of alcohol. Enjoy the flavors you love without being bogged down by toxins in our newest recipe: Lily’s Aloe & Blackberry Mojito Mocktail!

So grab your muddler and join the fun, because we’ve come up with a healthy twist on the classic mojito that’s sure to keep you cool for the summer.

Why Aloe & Mocktails Work Well Together

For those looking to eliminate toxins in their life or even if you are “sober curious”, avoiding or limiting alcohol usage can be a smart choice. Consuming alcohol can be hard on the liver, known as one of the body’s key detoxification organs, which can cause it to lose functionality.

When you make a mocktail with fresh, wholesome ingredients, you’re not only limiting the toxins you put in your body, but you’re also helping the body with its natural detoxification process. The ingredients in this mocktail can help the body eliminate toxins more effectively, especially with the addition of aloe vera juice. 

Aloe helps boost nutrient absorption and reduce ammonia and nitrates, which are toxic byproducts of metabolism. Science-backed research has shown that Lily of the Desert products with Aloesorb showed a decrease of toxic levels of nitrates in the body, and also demonstrated an improvement of the metabolism of nutrients. 

Ingredients:

  • 12 Mint Leaves
  • 6 Blackberries
  • 1 Cup Ice Cubes
  • 1/2 Cup Club Soda of Choice
  • 1/2 Lime (Cut & Sectioned)
  • 4 Tablespoons Lily of the Desert Pres. Free Whole Leaf Aloe Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar

Directions:

Muddle 12 mint leaves, 4 blackberries, and 1 wedge of lime in the bottom of a sturdy glass. A highball, cocktail, or even large drinking glass will work. If you don’t have a muddler, you can use a hard object like a wooden spoon to release the juices, aromas, and oils of what you’re muddling. 

Add the 2 Tablespoons of granulated sugar and the rest of the lime to the glass. Mash it all up to mix the ingredients thoroughly. If you don’t want to use granulated sugar, you can use an alternative sweetener like stevia, monk fruit, agave syrup, or honey. The flavor profile will be changed slightly. 

Measure out 4 tablespoons (2 oz.) of the Lily of the Desert Preservative Free Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice. Add to the mixture and stir gently to incorporate into the ingredients. For a stronger flavor, you can allow the mixture to sit for 15-30 minutes to infuse the flavor into the aloe vera juice. 

The last step is to fill the glass with ice and top off with the club soda or seltzer water. Garnish with the leftover blackberries if desired, and enjoy!

The Benefits of Aloe Vera

Did you know the majority of vitamins and minerals from the foods we eat get lost during the digestion process? Aloe juice can help boost the amount of nutrients that our bodies absorb, which in turn supports the rest of our system.

And that’s not even the half of it. By consuming good quality aloe vera juice, you can reap the many health benefits of balanced digestion, antioxidant and immune support, and increased overall nutrient absorption. Plus, it’s loaded with active compounds like vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids that help keep the body functioning properly.

Aloe vera juice has a pretty neutral flavor profile, which makes it excellent for mixing into a beverage or smoothie. However, for those with very sensitive taste buds, we recommend the preservative free juice products, as they have a milder taste.

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Top 5 Uses For Aloe Vera

With its many benefits and soothing properties, aloe vera has long been considered one of the most notable plants throughout civilization. Now, with the help of modern science, we’ve been able to discover even more useful ways to include aloe vera into your everyday life.

Applying Aloe For Skin Hydration

If you’ve ever stayed out too long on a bright, sunny day, you’ve probably experienced the drying and reddening effects that come afterwards. Our skin becomes irritated and sometimes painful to the touch after prolonged sun exposure, which can result in stripping our body of its natural oils.

Applying the gelly-like solids within the aloe plant onto that dry, sensitive skin can help cool down and rehydrate the moisture you may have lost. Lily’s 99% Aloe Gelly contains our organically-grown aloe plants that can help to replenish the skin of at least three epidermal layers while promoting a healthy appearance.

However, cooling off in the summertime isn’t the only thing aloe can help with. Using aloe gelly regularly can help keep you moisturized during the winter months, you can use it as a daily moisturizer or shaving gel, and it can even be used to make DIY body scrub recipes. In fact…

Using Aloe For Your D-I-Y Skincare

NOTE: Make sure to use Lily of the Desert’s 99% Aloe Gelly in these recipes! We cannot vouch for the quality of other aloe brands. Aloe is an excellent addition to your exfoliation routine and can help limit itchy skin year-round.

As honey is used in each recipe, its helpful properties make it a natural choice in skin rejuvenation. Remember to always use a spoon or utensil when using it in the shower in order to avoid introducing bacteria into the mixture. These are sure to help you feel refreshed and revitalized after each use.

Drinking Aloe As An Overall Health Supplement

Although most people tend to recognize aloe vera for helping out our skin, aloe can also be ingested for enhanced daily health support. Aloe contains over 200 biologically-active components like vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and polysaccharides to offer a wide range of good benefits.

For example, taking a couple ounces of aloe each day can help your digestive system by working with the gut biome to help balance stomach acidity, improve absorption of vital nutrients, and help reduce toxins found in your system. 

You can enjoy additional benefits from drinking our own aloe vera juice thanks to our patent-pending infusion process called Aloesorb. It gives each of our aloe vera products even more efficacy and boosted benefits, including increased white blood cell counts and added immune support.

Lily of the Desert’s juices and gels contain the same great components, but the gels just have a thicker consistency that some people prefer. You can find both Whole Leaf, Inner Fillet, and the preservative-free versions here for purchase.

Ingesting Aloe For Enhanced Gut Health

By understanding how aloe works to benefit each system, it should be no surprise that the gut is our central hub for maintaining good overall health. At Lily, we’ve taken it a step further to formulate natural aloe products that specifically support optimal gut health and safe, daily detoxification. 

First, let’s take a look at our digestive system. Did you know aloe can help soothe the mucus membranes of the bowels, stomach, and urinary tract? It also assists in cleansing an upset stomach by removing harmful toxins. This allows our body to carry out more nutrient absorption and enhanced antioxidant support!

Using a special blend of certified organic aloe vera and trusted herbs, Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula works to naturally balance stomach acidity and support healthy digestion. If you’re one of the millions of people who have occasional indigestion or heartburn, this may be the formula for you.

Likewise, Lily of the Desert’s Detox Formula helps to reduce harmful toxins, promote further cleaning of waste from the colon, and help to maintain healthy regularity. As a natural detoxifier, it is able to help increase our absorption of nutrients and support the digestive system.

Adding Aloe In Your Healthy Smoothie Recipes

When it comes to making healthy choices, aloe vera is typically a star ingredient. Not only does it help boost our nutrient absorption rates, balance gut health, and strengthen our immune system… but it also mixes well into a blender.

Here’s a list of excellent smoothie recipes that pair well with aloe. Be sure to always use Lily’s Aloe Juice for the best consistency!

And that’s just a few of these delicious and nutritious smoothies! You can find more recipes on our blog and social media channels.

Are You Ready To Start Using Aloe?

Now that was a lot of ways to use aloe vera! The versatility of this plant is truly impressive, and the ways it can benefit us are even greater. We hope you learned something to add to your self-care routine!

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