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Aloe Vera: Your Skin’s Best Friend

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Most of us have the shared memory of being a kid and either falling down after some super cool stunt on our bicycle or having so much fun in the summer sun that we resembled lobsters at the day end.  But part of that memory also involved a family member breaking off a leaf from the potted Aloe vera plant from the patio and slathering that cool, soothing gel over the affected area.  That feeling of instant relief is something we all know and have come to appreciate even into adulthood.  We all know that Aloe vera is good for your skin.  But why?

Aloe’s skin care benefits are not a new find by any means; in fact, Cleopatra herself was rumored to use aloe in her daily skin care regimen.  But we are not in pharaoh times and now know a little bit about what makes aloe so great for your skin.

First, let’s talk about its moisturizing effects.   Aloe has the ability to help enhance dermal moisture by absorbing rapidly into the skin and even helps to retain your skin’s own moisture.  Also, Aloe does not add oil to the skin that can block pores.  The result is brighter and healthier looking skin.

Another great skin care benefit of Aloe is its ability to naturally support our body’s antioxidants that help to suppress oxidative stress.  You know the term “free radicals”?  Well, they cause the cells in your skin to become damaged over time.  Antioxidants help reduce the potential damage done by free radicals.

Perhaps what aloe is best known for is its calming and soothing effect on your skin.    It naturally nourishes your skin to keep is healthy and soft to the touch.

Armed with this knowledge of Aloe’s greatness for skin care, we created a new personal care line with Aloe as the #1 ingredient.  In order for you to receive the full potential of Aloe’s benefits, there needs to be a major percentage as a base, not just a sprinkle like so many products available on the market.

Perfect for everyday use, for a variety of skin care needs, this personal care line is the ideal mixture of moisturizing Aloe blended with beneficial botanic ingredients to keep your skin happy and healthy.PSC group blog image

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Aloe Vera:Safe Alternative for Your Occasional Heartburn

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Let’s face it: dealing with occasional heartburn stinks.  Whether it happens when you eat certain foods or it just comes up out of the blue, you are feeling the burn and want it to go away.  The key to helping ease your occasional heartburn starts in the stomach.  The health of your gut is vital to helping you stay healthy…period.  So what can you do to help?

A common practice is to use a proton pump inhibitor to stop acid production altogether, but recent studies have shown that these could lead to future heart attacks.  Yikes.  Who wants that to happen?  Aloe vera has been known for thousands of years as a digestive aide.  Our Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula contains our own aloe mixed with a variety of trusted digestive herbs like chamomile, ginger root, slippery elm and fennel seed.  This wondrous combination helps balance your stomach acid naturally, not stop its production.   You will benefit from healthy digestion and that will help your entire body stay happy and healthy.  Not a bad tradeoff, huh?

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Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie

Forget a #PSL … make a pumpkin drink with a little more substance. In our Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie, pureed pumpkin and a banana blend together smoothly, and fresh ginger and cinnamon will really warm you up. Plus, pumpkins are loaded with beta-carotene, they’re low in calories, fat, and sodium, high in fiber, and they’re good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron. Enjoy all that this quintessential fall vegetable has to offer!

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Cranberry Aloe Fizz

This beautiful Cranberry Aloe Fizz is one way to get festive for the upcoming holidays. The ginger ale and cranberry (make sure it’s 100% juice!) are a wonderful combination of tart and sweet, with a little ginger kick. The rosemary sprig adds a nice aromatic element, and bubbles in your drink always turns an ordinary day into a special occasion. Just add your daily serving of Aloe vera juice, and you’re good to go!

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So Fresh and Green Smoothie (with Aloe H2O)

Unfortunately, many health drinks have high amounts of sugar in them. This is something we wanted to be mindful of (and avoid) when we created our newest beverage line — Aloe H2O. It has only 3g of sugar per serving … just enough to balance aloe vera’s naturally bitter flavor. And not only does Aloe H2O taste great on its own, but it also makes a great liquid base for smoothies, especially because it adds nutritional value without adding a lot of sugar to the usually-fruit-based recipes. For the So Fresh and Green Smoothie, we in particular liked using Pure Aloe H2O because of the subtle cucumber flavor that it contributes. Try it for yourself and see what you think!

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Running low on your supply of Lily of the Desert products? Check out our store locator to find a retailer near you!

Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.

 

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Sweet Potato Overnight Oats

We love overnight oats because all the prep can be done the night (or up to 3 days) beforehand! And you can customize the basic recipe any way, so sticking with seasonal flavors and produce is no trouble at all. As you can probably tell, this Sweet Potato Overnight Oats recipe was inspired by one of our favorite fall desserts: sweet potato pie.

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Bourbon Citrus Berry Cocktail

For this Bourbon Citrus Berry Cocktail, we were inspired by an all-around cocktail classic — the Old Fashioned.

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Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.

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Apple Chia Smoothie

There’s something about this Apple Chia Smoothie that is intensely satisfying — it’s cold, creamy and so perfectly encapsulates autumnal flavors (cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh apples). And adding a serving of Lily’s aloe gel (amplified with Aloesorb™) and a serving of chia seeds (those little fellas provide more Omega-3s than salmon!) leaves you feeling oh-so good. But, take it from us: the key to this recipe is to make sure the ingredients are cold (or you can add ice), and that the smoothie is blended ultra-well.

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Want to find your nearest Lily retailer? Check out our store locator.

Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.

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Hydrating Mango Smoothie (with Aloe H2O)

You may have already been introduced to our new line of flavored aloe water — Aloe H2O. As a gluten-free product with low sugar content (only 3g per serving), an ice cold bottle of Aloe H2O is the perfect aloe-enhanced thirst quencher for your active lifestyle. But, that’s not all that Aloe H2O is good for. Case in point, we created this Hydrating Mango Smoothie using the delicious Peach-Mango Aloe H2O as our liquid base. Try it and let us know what you think!

Running low on your supply of Lily of the Desert products? Around here, October is STOCKTOBER, which means that all of our products are on sale. Learn more here.

Want to find your nearest Lily retailer? Check out our store locator.

Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.

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Aloe Detox Juice

Make sure you get your daily serving of veggies, and while you’re at it, make it hot. This Aloe Detox Juice recipe calls for produce you probably already have in your fridge, including a jalapeno — just in case you need some extra help waking up this morning!

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Running low on your supply of Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice? Check out our store locator to find a retailer near you!

Find out more about how our patent-pending, all-aloe ingredient, Aloesorb™, naturally amplifies the health benefits of what you eat.

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