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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