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Don Lovelace: The Man Behind Lily of the Desert

For several decades, Don Lovelace has led the charge in developing safe, effective, and innovative Lily of the Desert products for the world to enjoy. 

Today we’re shining a spotlight on Whole Foods Magazine’s interview with Don to discover how his dedication to research and quality has helped make Lily the respected company it is today.

Whole Foods Magazine’s Interview with Don Lovelace

“Retaining the Quality that Nature Created.” That is the motto that informs every move made by Lily of the Desert, a company founded in 1971 and owned by the Lovelace family. “The motto speaks to our commitment for producing superior, value-added Aloe Vera products,” says Don Lovelace, CEO. “Science confirms that the aloe plant naturally contains over 200 biologically active/efficiencies constituents. Our commitment is to retain those constituents from the aloe fields through our manufacturing processes to provide our customers with a finished product that contains what nature created in the original aloe plant.”

As the company celebrates 50 years, WholeFoods touched base with Lovelace to talk about what sets Lily of the Desert apart. He points to the company’s focus on small details. “By taking advantage of our vertical integration from growing, processing and marketing, we can control the quality of our products at every step.” He explains that retaining aloe’s quality can be a fragile process, and the little steps—such as getting the leaf into refrigeration immediately after harvest, controlling temperature, and taking the time to ensure that the Long Chain Polysaccharides are not broken—are critical to ensuring maximum efficacy in the final product

“It’s the little things that make a big difference for our customers. Utilizing scientific evidence to support benefits and product claims has always been important to our company and something that we have put much effort into through the years. If it was developing USDA organic product, studying how the polysaccharide works and its positive effects when utilized correctly, or having our products GRAS (generally recognized as safe) certified and putting our facilities and processes through rigorous tests, it was all to give our customers a superior product to use in their daily lives.”

The Focus That Drives Success

Recalling the early days, Lovelace shares that after college, he worked for a friend in the aloe business and was impressed by the benefits of aloe vera. “I became determined to build a business bringing the benefits of aloe to American consumers.” Lovelace opened his first aloe farm in Mercedes, TX in 1977, then became a founding member and first president of the International Aloe Science Council in 1980. In 1985 he purchased the Lily of the Desert brand, and began building the brand reputation for innovation and quality. The company reports that by 2006, Lily of the Desert products could be found in 99% of natural product stores and major grocery chains across the U.S. based on SPINS data, creating a loyal brand following that the company works hard to continue to strengthen.

“I believe the responsibilities of a business owner can be significant,” Lovelace says. “There is the commitment to customers of providing quality products at a fair price. The commitment to employees to keep your word, to empower them by providing them the resources to achieve their goals and the commitment to yourself to be true to yourself. To face challenges and adversity head on.”

Lovelace recalls one challenge that ended up resulting in one of his favorite accomplishments about 15 years ago. “Everyone that has ever tasted aloe knew it had a bitterness to it, mainly because of the preservatives used in all aloe. We developed a Preservative Free product that met USDA certified organic guidelines. We were the first to do so and it is now our best-selling sku and has provided consumers an all organic product that has none of the bitterness. It is one of my prouder moments when we were able to make that happen and the positive results it had on our company and our consumers.”

The important thing, Lovelace adds, is to overcome the challenges while remaining true to your core principles. “For example, we have endured several winter storms causing the aloe fields to freeze, requiring that we purchase organic aloe from fields further south at high prices. How did we respond to these challenges? We absorbed the increased cost and continued to provide our customer with 99% Aloe Gelly all the while losing significant dollars for several months.” While he says some brands may reduce the aloe content and add water to the product instead of absorbing the loss, that practice would never occur at Lily of the Desert.

Reflecting on the challenges of 2020, Lovelace expresses his admiration for his team. “They have gone the extra mile to ensure that 2020 was a successful year. When the pandemic began, we were flooded with requests for our juice to help make hand sanitizer. Our team answered that call efficiently and safely even with increased productivity and extra shifts to make sure all of our customers were getting what they needed. We also recognized that this was an opportunity to speak to a new group of customers about the internal benefits of drinking aloe daily. Our team grew our customer base by emphasizing the benefits of Lily Aloe for Immune Health, supported by the results of our gold standard, independent, placebo-controlled human clinical study. We also added making Hand Sanitizer into our manufacturing capabilities and now make our own line in our Lewisville, TX location that utilizes 15% of our soothing aloe to keep hands soft, yet help eliminate germs.”

What’s next? “Our company is currently producing several products through our Nutrition Division—Lily of the Desert Nutraceuticals,” Lovelace shares. “Based on the results we have seen in clinical tests with Aloesorb, we feel that it has potential to also increase the efficacy and bioavailability of key ingredients like curcumin, turmeric, elderberry, CBD, etc. We will continue to research and utilize Aloesorb to enhance products for Joint, Digestive, and Immune health to give our customers even more value-added products. We believe that Lily Aloe Vera can play a major role to support these product formulations both in powder and liquid form.”

Words of Wisdom

For businesses that are just getting started, Lovelace has some advice: “I think it is very important that your business principles define who you are and your core values. For example: Do I really believe and am I committed to providing my customers excellent value in the products? Am I committed to ensuring that our team is constantly improving, because success is a journey, not a destination? We must constantly challenge ourselves and our team to improve.”

See For Yourself 

If you’re interested in discovering the many benefits of Lily’s aloe vera, look no further. You can use our online store locator to 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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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.

How to Purchase Our Products

We’re proud to offer plenty of amazing products to help support your body’s health, inside and out. From aloe vera juice to moisturizing hand sanitizer, we’re ready to get you on the road to wellness. 

Get started by finding a store near you, or go online to Amazon, Vitacost and Lucky Vitamin to get it delivered right to your door. Want to connect with us? Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to leave a comment, ask questions, or give us a follow! We love interacting with our fans!

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Foods That Help Support A Healthy Detox

Each day, we’re exposed to toxins through the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Although our bodies are designed to naturally eliminate toxins, it’s always a good idea to try to limit our everyday exposure and provide support to avoid harmful buildup. Keeping up with a holistic detoxing routine can help flush out those outside toxins and ensure your body stays in good health.

One of the best ways to do this is by eating foods that support a healthy detox, and using supplements for additional support. The nutrients we eat influence the functionality of key detox pathways, such as the kidneys, liver, bowels, and more. By naturally supporting these systems through good diet and natural supplements like aloe vera, you can help keep your body in tip-top shape.

Choose Organic When Possible

When we choose to ingest organically-grown foods, we’re limiting the number of toxins you consume. This is because these foods aren’t sprayed with pesticides and are often cited to have more beneficial nutrients and antioxidants than that of conventional foods.

Performing a detoxification diet every six months to a year by consuming specific organic foods is a great way to help your body eliminate waste, toxins, and maybe even alleviate some bloating. It’s also easy to detox when you have healthy and delicious detox smoothies to shake things up!

However, if doing a detox for a few days isn’t your thing, supporting your body by consuming more specific foods is a great way to help your body cleanse its system. Check out our list of detox-friendly fruits, veggies, and super plants below to learn how you can help reduce your intake of everyday toxins.

Apples

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – and that’s for good reason! Apples provide amazing support for your liver as they contain both pectin and malic acid. Malic acid is a blood cleansing agent, and the soluble fiber in pectin helps support the elimination of toxins and cholesterol from the blood. 

Apples are especially important to eat organic, as conventional apples are highly sprayed with pesticides numerous times throughout the growing season. 

Beets 

Beets are wonderful at cleansing and purifying your blood, which your liver will love. As one of the body’s main detoxification organs, the liver filters out toxins during the digestive process. 

Not only are beets great for liver support, but they also contain nutrients like folate, iron, betaine, and pectin, a natural blood cleanser. Beets also contain fiber, which can help your body eliminate toxins quickly by bulking up the stool.

Berries

Berries get their color from specific antioxidants that help fight free radicals. They are also thought to be anti-inflammatory and vasoprotective, meaning they can help protect blood vessels. They are one of the highest antioxidant-containing foods and can make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert. 

In fact, they even work as a great smoothie ingredient when you’re trying to boost your immune system! As for detoxing, berries are high in compounds that can help the liver process and eliminate toxins. 

Broccoli 

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are not only delicious, but are great for detoxing. For example, broccoli contains phytochemicals that help naturally metabolize and balance hormones like estrogen. Broccoli also offers liver support and metabolic detoxification, and even contains a unique compound called sulforaphane, which helps fight off malignant cells in the body.

Leafy Greens  

One of the most nutritious options, leafy greens are known to be full of essential minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. A delicious salad with lettuce is always a health-conscious choice, but certain greens like kale and spinach can be added into other meals as well.

Along with their help in naturally detoxing the body, leafy greens are also easy to hide in other foods– something that can be handy for kids or picky eaters. Throwing in a handful of spinach or kale into a smoothie can camouflage it with the other flavors while still giving you all the healthy benefits!

Aloe Vera 

Finally, as you choose the right foods to help with a detox-friendly diet, it’s important to make sure you’re actually absorbing all the nutrients you’re eating. Aloe vera naturally works to help improve your nutrient absorption rates and help support good digestion and immunity, which in turn leads to better overall functionality.

Loaded with vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and polysaccharides, aloe is an excellent addition to your daily detox routine. Whether you’re adding a few ounces of aloe juice into your favorite beverage, or taking a daily dose of our aloe herbal detox formula before bed to support digestion the next day, you’re ensuring enhanced benefits with the help of our organically-grown aloe.

Our Detox Formula contains trusted herbs like burdock root to help maintain healthy regularity, dandelion leaf that supports healthy liver, gallbladder and urinary tract function, plus slippery elm bark to help promote cleansing from the colon.

Let’s Be Partners in Health

With a passion for whole-body wellness that expands over 50 years, Lily of the Desert has the care, knowledge, and science-backed research to help our customers on their holistic health journeys.

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. Want to connect with us? Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages to leave a comment, ask questions, or just give us a follow!

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How to Combat Spring Allergies & Boost Your Immunity

As spring approaches, millions of people begin to feel the effect of pollen and seasonal allergies. Sneezing, itching, and watery eyes are often the hallmark that spring has arrived in full force. Allergies will often send our immune systems into overdrive but there are ways to help keep them calm and balanced.

Supporting your health from the inside out is very important, and with 50 years of knowledge and science-based research under our belts, we’ve got some good ideas to help keep your immune system strong. 

What Causes Allergies

Seasonal spring allergies are often caused by trees like cedar and birch with their pollen aggravating our systems. It’s possible for pollen to travel many miles and still affect our sinuses. While staying indoors the entire year is now out of the question, let’s talk about some ways you can help combat these allergies and defend your immune system.

How Allergies Can Affect Our Gut Health

At its peak functionality, a healthy gut can better resist allergies, asthma, and other pathogens throughout your daily life. However, when you’re faced with unchecked toxins, antibiotics, and bacteria, it can take a toll on your gut health. 

Around 70% of our immune system resides in the gut. Therefore, by supporting the healthy bacteria in your stomach’s biome, you can help your body be in good shape to defend itself against foreign invaders. This can then lead to a higher-functioning immune system and overall good health.

Another way to boost your immune system is to make sure your white blood cell production is optimal. White blood cells search and destroy unhealthy pathogens before they can spread infection throughout the body. 

Drinking a natural supplement like Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Juice can help improve your gut health and also help increase white blood cell production. By increasing your white blood cell production, you improve your body’s chances of staying healthy. 

How Aloe Can Support Digestion & Immune Health

Aloe vera acts as a natural adaptogen, meaning it can help the body adapt to common physical, chemical, and biological stressors. This can be incredibly beneficial during spring allergy season, as our environment brings about more pollen and bacteria in the air.

Additionally, Lily’s aloe is an ideal supplement for increased nutrient absorption of Vitamin C and other essential minerals. In the case of seasonal allergies, many take Vitamin C to help combat the symptoms that come with pollen and airborne toxins. Lily of the Desert can help boost your natural nutrient absorption levels through a daily dose of aloe.

Aloesorb Helps Boost Immunity

For over 5,000 years, aloe vera has been used both internally and topically for multiple health benefits. From improving healthy digestion and immune support, to helping increase antioxidant and nutrient absorption levels, aloe covers a wide range of bodily functions that work together to create whole-body health.

However, Lily of the Desert goes beyond normal efficacy with our unique patent-pending process called Aloesorb. Infused into each of our aloe products, Aloesorb works to maximize the products’ efficacy and deliver you with enhanced aloe benefits. 

Did you know Aloesorb helps boost white blood cell levels farther than that of regular aloe vera? That works to buffer our immune systems with added protection against bacteria and illness. It also enhances the 200 biologically active components that aloe naturally contains, such as vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and polysaccharides. When you use Lily of the Desert, you’re helping support proper digestion and gut health, which also directly affects immune health. 

Whole Body Wellness, Inside & Out

Not only is it important to take care of your body on the inside, but it’s also important to take care of it on the outside. Make sure you’re protected even without soap and water at hand. Antiviral hand sanitizer is a safe and convenient way to clean your hands when you’re on the go. However, as they’re often used with harsh chemicals to kill off the germs, they can leave the skin feeling dry or irritated after frequent use.

That’s where Lily’s Hand Sanitizer with Natural Aloe Vera comes in. It won’t dry out your skin or expose you to unnecessary toxic chemicals. Instead, our formula combines powerful ethyl alcohol with soothing aloe vera to naturally moisturize the skin after each use.

Plus, as spring begins to release its seasonal allergies and high pollen levels, you have a greater chance of sneezing more than normal. Be sure to armor up and stay ahead of the curve with a bottle of Lily hand sanitizer.

Allergies are also known to irritate and dry out our skin. Whether you’re in the middle of a sneeze chain or need to frequently blow your nose, it may be good to keep our 99% Aloe Vera Gelly nearby. It gently soothes the skin while hydrating at least three of our epidermal layers, so you can enjoy feeling replenished and revitalized.

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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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The Importance of Nutrient Absorption

Nutrient absorption is crucial for maintaining overall health of your body. When deprived of essential vitamins and nutrients, our systems can end up deficiencies that can lead to health issues. While you may be trying to eat a balanced diet and take supplements for nutrient gaps, your body may not be fully absorbing all that you are taking in. But there are ways you can help fill those gaps and improve your overall nutrient absorption. 

So, how does nutrient absorption actually work? And, more importantly, how can you help improve your health through increased nutrient absorption?

Why Nutrient Absorption Is Important 

The body takes in various nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water every day and delivers them to your body cells for use. If you aren’t eating a balanced diet, it’s very easy to fall into nutrient deficiency. Unfortunately, we do not always meet these nutrient requirements.

Even if you’re eating nutrient-rich foods, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to absorb them all. If your digestive system isn’t functioning well, then you can lose precious nutrients during digestion. Digestive enzymes break down the food into macro and micro nutrients and transport them to the small intestine where the nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream. If your digestive system is inefficient, you may lose a percentage of the nutrients your body requires that help maintain good health. 

How to Improve Nutrient Absorption

Below are general health tips for those who are interested in maintaining everyday habits to help boost your nutrient absorption and in effect help your overall health.

  • Remain hydrated. Water helps to break down food so that nutrients become more available.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Foods like salmon, broccoli, peppers, garlic, berries and lentils are some of the most nutrient-dense foods you can consume.  Try to limit caffeine and alcohol that can inhibit digestive enzymes as well.
  • Limit stress. As you may be aware, stress can have a dramatic impact on your digestive system that can lead to other health issues.  
  • Utilize supplements. Supplement with products proven to benefit the nutrient absorption and digestive health like probiotics and Aloe vera.

Why Lily of the Desert’s Products Improve Nutrient Absorption

Lily of the Desert is serious about innovating effective products backed by science. In 2007, we added a patent-pending concentration of high-molecular weight aloe polysaccharides, derived from our aloe vera plants, to our products. We call it Aloesorb, and it was designed to optimize aloe benefits and one incredible result was its dramatic impact on maximizing nutrient absorption that is vital to overall health. 

Want even more health benefits? Our juices and gels balance stomach acidity, reduce toxins, and enhance antioxidant support. These all contribute to a healthy digestive system, allowing your system to effectively absorb those crucial nutrients. 

Where to Find Lily of the Desert Juices and Gels

Use our Store Locator to find your nearest retailer to score your very own bottle. If you prefer the online option, visit our Official Lily of the Desert Amazon to purchase. 

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St. Patrick’s Day Detox Smoothie

If St. Patrick’s Day festivities leave you feeling a little green, a healthy dose of aloe can help turn your luck around. Today we’re bringing balance back into our systems with a deliciously detoxifying and immune-boosting green smoothie. Let’s get blending!

Gather Your Green Ingredients

Although celery isn’t often featured in smoothie recipes, it’s got plenty to offer! Celery is rich in antioxidants that help protect our cells, blood vessels, and organs from oxidative damage. It also contains Vitamin C and phytonutrients, which have been shown to reduce instances of inflammation within our digestive tract and organs.

Cucumber contains a high concentration of nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and Vitamin K. Additionally, they’re high in antioxidants, and add some much-needed hydration to the smoothie. After all, cucumbers are made up of 96% water. To get the most out of your cucumber, be sure to include the peel in the mixture. It will add fiber and maintain the most nutrients.

Speaking of fiber, apples and avocados can help with that, too. Not only do they both contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but they also have the lutein and zeaxanthin antioxidants to help improve our vision.

Similarly, spinach provides numerous antioxidants, beta carotene, and Vitamin C. This combination helps keep your skin and eyes healthy while warding off potential invaders within our bodies. A squeeze of lemon also adds a burst of Vitamin C, which is praised for its antioxidant properties regarding immune health and antiviral protection.

Finally, kick your classic green smoothie up a notch with an ode to Aloe vera. It contains 200 biologically active compounds to act as a fantastic source of immune and digestive support, which is boosted even further by our very own Aloesorb infusion process. 

In the case of Lily’s aloe juice, it’s clinically proven to help reduce the toxins that often build up in the body, and even helps improve nutrient levels by increasing the rate of absorption.

What You’ll Need

  • 3 Stalks Celery
  • ½ of a Cucumber
  • 1 Apple (Cored & Chopped)
  • 1 Slice of Avocado
  • 1 Cup of Spinach
  • 1 Squeeze of Lemon
  • 2 Oz. Lily’s Whole Leaf Aloe Juice

Detox Smoothie Directions

Cut, core, and slice the ingredients as necessary. Gently pile the celery, cucumber, apple, avocado, and spinach into the blender. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and Lily’s Preservative Free Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice, then mix until nice and smooth.

As always, you can adjust the ingredients based on your preferences. The spinach can be substituted with your favorite leafy greens. You can also add more avocado for a thicker, creamier consistency. To make it extra refreshing, blend with ice and garnish the results with cilantro.

Now the only thing left to do is take a sip and enjoy!

Why You Should Always Include Aloe Vera

Did you know toxins are a huge contributor in preventing our cells from absorbing nutrients when they need them? Without proper daily detoxification, this can cause our bodies to be more susceptible to illness, and likely affect our wellbeing in the long run. 

The fruits and veggies in your normal smoothie do a good job of providing us with nutrients, but our bodies don’t always absorb them like we should. Aloe vera can help this by offering overall support in healthy digestion, detoxification, nutrient absorption, and antioxidants.

Not to mention, our aloe is clinically proven to increase white blood cell counts, which make up our greatest natural defense force against harmful germs and bacteria. So you’re not just drinking a tasty green delight; you’re also working to strengthen your immune system with enhanced aloe protection!

Where To Find Lily’s Aloe Vera

Don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around! Check out all our aloe products and the amazing benefits they each offer through our Store Locator for the U.S. Or, if you don’t want to leave the house, you can also order us online at Amazon, Vitacost, Lucky Vitamin, and more!

Want to share your Lily creation with us? Tag the official Lily of the Desert Facebook and Instagram page! We’re also available to answer questions and discuss any other aloe-related inquiries you may have. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Celebrating 50 Years of Lily of the Desert

Since 1971, Lily of the Desert has lead the charge in top quality Aloe vera products. Now, we’re celebrating 50 incredible years of innovation and good health benefits that have made us who we are today! 

Want to help us commemorate this special event? Swing by our guestbook to say “aloe” and learn a little more about Lily!

50 Years of Firsts

What began as a grassroots startup quickly grew into much more for Lily of the Desert’s owner, Don Lovelace, whose active pursuit of science and natural products permanently reshaped the way we view aloe vera today.

In 1977, Don opened his first aloe farm in Mercedes, TX and implemented a meticulous field-to-bottle policy for maximum quality assurance. “I became determined to build a business bringing the benefits of aloe to American consumers,” Don told Whole Foods Magazine. “By taking advantage of our vertical integration from growing, processing, and marketing, we can control the quality of our products at every step.”

In the following years, Don became a founding member of the International Aloe Science Council and acted as its first president, often visiting Washington D.C. on the behalf of aloe’s interests. From there, Don built a reputation for innovation in the aloe category, working to better understand the non-topical benefits of aloe, HPLC (high-performance liquid chromatography), and the presence of aloe anthraquinones (aloin)

Lily of the Desert was among the first brands to filter and decolorize the aloin content in its products, and pioneered the first USDA organic Preservative-Free Aloe Vera Juice for internal consumption.

“Everyone that has ever tasted aloe knew it had a bitterness to it, mainly because of the preservatives used in all aloe,” said Don. “We developed a Preservative Free product that met USDA certified organic guidelines. We were the first to do so, and it is now our best-selling sku and has provided consumers an all organic product that has none of the bitterness.”

Lily was also the first to have our products and manufacturing processes reviewed and verified safe to use daily by an expert panel in response to an FDA report on the harmful effects of raw, unfiltered aloe. Now, all of our products contain less than 1 parts per million of aloin and can be used daily.

“It’s the little things that make a big difference for our customers. Utilizing scientific evidence to support benefits and product claims has always been important to our company, and something that we have put much effort into through the years,” Don stated. “If it was developing USDA organic product, studying how the polysaccharide works and its positive effects when utilized correctly, or having our products G.R.A.S. certified (generally recognized as safe) and putting our facilities and processes through rigorous tests, it was all to give our customers a superior product to use in their daily lives.”

Our History In Aloe Innovation

Don’s passion for health and wellness has helped make advanced strides in our understanding of Aloe vera within the scientific community, and even offer new ways to provide amplified health benefits naturally derived from aloe itself.

After the University of Mississippi published a study in 2006 about commercial aloe products proving that higher molecular weight polysaccharides help support whole body health benefits, Don participated in the developing an exclusive proprietary process called Aloesorb™.

Further studies revealed that the extracted high molecular weight polysaccharides found in Aloesorb™ dramatically improved aloe’s natural benefits, specifically in nutrient absorption, immune health, detoxification, and enhanced antioxidant support.

With results like that, it’s no wonder we’ve infused Aloesorb™ into each of our aloe products!

Natural Products You Can Trust

As the largest organic grower and processor of aloe vera, we’re continuously raising the bar in authentic quality assurance. As such, Lily of the Desert is the only brand to utilize independent Gold Standard Clinical Studies in order to test the efficacy of each of our products and back up our claims.

In 2014, we opened our state-of-the-art contract manufacturing facility in Lewisville, TX that offers turn-key solutions to our world-wide partners.  Our flexible manufacturing systems are able to produce and package a variety of powder, liquid, and oil formats; all under one roof. That same year, we ushered in a new era of wellness with Lily’s own Nutraceuticals Division. In fact, our dedication to health and hydration has put a spotlight on EcoDrink Naturals: the shake-and-mix multivitamin drink that delivers 28 essential nutrients and electrolytes while you hydrate.  

We also utilize our Lewisville, TX location to produce our new aloe-infused Hand Sanitizer, which is made with our own organically-grown aloe to help keep hands soft and powerful U.S.-sourced ethyl alcohol to eliminate 99.99% of bad germs without leaving your hands feeling dry or sticky.

From juices, gels and stomach formulas, to our new moisturizing hand sanitizer and health-driven products, we’re excited to bring on the next chapter in our wellness journey.

Happy Aloe-Versary!

You can find all of our Lily of the Desert products at retail stores around the nation. Visit our Store Locator on our website to go in person, or order online on our official Amazon store to make your purchase.

Then, before you go, check out our 50 Years timeline and guestbook to see how we’ve grown into an internally-recognized brand. We’d love to hear from you on our official Facebook or Instagram page with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have. 

Here’s to the next 50 years of Lily!

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Aloe Vera: Fact or Fiction?

Even in this day and age, there remains a lot of speculation surrounding the mysterious aloe plant and the amazing benefits it can provide. Join us as we look through the top 5 most common aloe questions and put them to the test: are they aloe fact, or aloe fiction?

Fact or Fiction: Aloe Is A Type Of Cactus

  • Lily’s Answer: Fiction

Although these two plant species look quite a bit alike, the aloe plant isn’t actually related to cacti. In fact, it’s much closer to that of an onion! There have been many debates about the origin of the aloe plant, including some that historically considered it a type of lily. Hence the inspiration for our name: Lily of the Desert.

As it turns out, Aloe vera is in a league of its own. Recent articles show that aloe is one of the only plants that possesses characteristics of a succulent, and contributes some of the most effective health benefits found in the natural world.

Fact or Fiction: Aloe Vera Only Benefits Sunburns 

  • Lily’s Answer: Fiction

When it comes to topical use, aloe’s inner gelly is widely known for its revitalizing properties after a long day in the sun. But did you know it works great during the colder months, too? By hydrating at least 3 of our epidermal layers, our 99% Aloe Vera Gelly can help you avoid winter itch and restore the natural moisture your skin may have lost— no matter the time of year.

There are also a number of amazing benefits that come from drinking Aloe vera on a daily basis. Including a few ounces of Aloe Juice or Aloe Gel into your regular routine can help support good digestion, immunity, detoxification, nutrient absorption, skin health, and much more.

While some customers have found success in applying these aloe juices and gels topically without any issue, those products have a lowered pH, so it is best to test on a small portion of your skin before use. 

Fact or Fiction: It Is Unsafe to Consume My Aloe Vera Houseplant

  • Lily’s Answer: Fact

It can be handy to cut off a piece of aloe and use its inner gelly to cool dried-out skin, but actually ingesting its contents can be potentially harmful to your body. This is due to traces of aloin (also known as anthraquinones, or “aloe latex”) found along the outer rind and the inner fillet. 

Aloin is a yellow sap-like substance that, when ingested in high doses, can lead to many health issues down the road. When not properly filtered by a professional, the average aloe plant contains approximately 10,000 parts per million of aloin.

Here at Lily, all of our aloe products have reduced the aloin to a safe level of less than 1 part per million, making them fully decolorized and completely safe for daily use. Check out our safety study from the Journal of Toxicology to learn more about our removal process.

Fact or Fiction: Aloesorb™ Is Uniquely Used By Lily of the Desert

  • Lily’s Answer: Fact

That’s right! Aloesorb™ is our very own patent-pending enhancement process where we separate high-quality polysaccharides from within the aloe plant, then infuse them back into each of our aloe products for even more efficacy and boosted benefits.

To clarify, polysaccharides are carbohydrates that support a healthy digestive and immune system. The largest and highest-quality polysaccharides are clinically proven to help increase white blood cell counts for improved immune support, maintain a balanced stomach pH level, and inspire the growth of healthy bacteria within the gut.

Since no one else on the market has Aloesorb™, Lily of the Desert is proud to deliver advanced science and wellness to each person who uses our products.

Fact or Fiction: Lily of the Desert Products Go Beyond The Standard

  • Lily’s Answer: Fact

As the leader of aloe science and innovation, we’re always looking for ways to bring our natural products to the next level. Whether it’s our organic field-to-bottle methods, the “Gold Standard” clinical studies conducted to back up our claims, or Lily’s signature Aloesorb™ infusion process, you can count on us to bring you good health benefits with each use.

Want some Lily of your own? Just visit our Store Locator to find the nearest store to you, or shop online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Lucky Vitamin

Then be sure to reach out to us on our official Lily of the Desert Facebook and Instagram pages with any questions, comments, or pictures of your purchase!

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