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Honey, Sugar & Aloe Body Scrub

 

The changes in seasonal weather have such an impact on our skin, and as we move into the cooler months, our skin tends to dry out as we lose that natural, more oily barrier. Here is an easy D-I-Y that you can use to help to get back the summer glow during the last part of the year. Our 5-minute Honey, Sugar & Aloe Body Scrub is great to keep around the bath or shower to exfoliate and moisturize your skin. 

The Benefits of A Quality Body Scrub

Ever heard of winter itch? As the colder seasons approach, our skin tends to lose its natural moisture and become cracked or dried out. Using an aloe-based body scrub allows us to successfully restore what’s been lost by rehydrating our skin back to its original healthy state. Plus, it’s a great gift to friends and family during the holiday season!

This Honey, Sugar & Aloe Body Scrub uses honey and sugar (surprise!), but you will also include extra virgin olive oil, Lily’s 99% Aloe Gelly, and an essential oil of your choice for fragrance.

Sugar helps the skin retain moisture while adding a gentle exfoliant to the mix. The glycolic acid in sugar helps the skin appear healthy and revitalized. You’re going to want to use a soft organic sugar, due to the fact that natural sugars with large granules can scratch the skin.

Raw honey has antimicrobial and probiotic properties which helps the skin’s healing process. Honey works great for sensitive skin while being sticky enough to remove potential impurities. 

What about olive oil? Well, it’s known to have antioxidants that could help with anti-aging. The oil provides a sheen to the skin that makes it appear smooth and glowing. 

Finally, Lily’s 99% Aloe Gelly soothes tender skin and hydrates up to 3 epidermal layers, leaving your skin feeling soft and refreshed. There’s a reason aloe has been known as nature’s moisturizer for thousands of years!

Now that you know the quality ingredients going into your scrub, let’s learn how to make your very own batch.

Honey and Sugar Body Scrub Ingredients

You are going to need:

1 Cup of Organic White or Brown Sugar (Small Granules)

½ Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Lily of the Desert’s 99% Aloe Gelly

10 Drops of Your Favorite Skin-Friendly Essential Oil (Lavender, Rosemary, Etc.)

How To Make The Honey & Sugar Body Scrub

We promised this would be a quick recipe, and we always deliver! Grab a medium-sized bowl and pour each ingredient in and mix until properly formed. Place your scrub into an airtight container and store somewhere cool and dark like in a bathroom cabinet. It’s really that simple.

How To Apply The Scrub

First we recommend using a tablespoon at a time on your hands before gently scrubbing over your entire body. Once you are finished, wash off the scrub with water and a washcloth. Now you are feeling clean and smelling great!

Remember to always use a scoop to remove the scrub from the container, as using wet hands can introduce bacteria to the scrub.

Where To Find Lily of the Desert’s 99% Aloe Gelly

All of the ingredients mentioned above are easy to find at the grocery store. But where can you find our 99% Aloe Gelly? Turns out that’s easy to find as well. 

Lily’s 99% Gelly is found at many major retailers all over the United States. To find your bottle, use our Store Locator to find the nearest retailer to you. If you want to avoid the stores, you can easily buy 99% aloe gelly online at Amazon.

Share Your Scrub with Us

Make sure to share and tag us with the scrub you made on Lily of the Desert’s Facebook or our Instagram! If you have any questions about the scrub or our 99% Aloe Gelly, shoot us a message on Facebook or Instagram. Happy exfoliating!

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Common Aloe Misconceptions

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The Internet has a lot to say about Aloe vera, and we’re happy to clear up the common misconceptions that continue to pop up in the community. From what it is, to how it’s used, aloe has proven to be a diverse plant with an abundance of awesome facts to be shared. After all, we are the aloe experts!

False: Aloe Is Only For Sunburns

While Aloe vera is great for cooling down sun-exposed skin, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy its many hydrating properties. For continued topical use, try our 99% Aloe Vera Gelly for hair care, body scrubs and exfoliators, or as primer before putting on makeup. It helps lock in our natural moisture and restore the hydration that was lost in both hair and skin alike.

But that just scratches the surface! Aloe vera’s benefits go further than just skin deep. It is also known to be a natural digestive aid, immunity booster, and overall promoter of whole body health. Lily’s organically-grown juices and gels are specially formulated to be consumed in a few ounces at a time for lasting everyday support.

False: Whole Leaf Products Can Be Toxic to Ingest

One reason why you avoid ingesting home-grown Aloe vera is due to the yellow aloin found between the outer rind and inner fillet. This aloin, also known as anthraquinones or “aloe latex”, is a sap-like substance that may be harmful when consumed in high doses. On average, unfiltered aloe contains approximately 10,000 parts per million of aloin.

Based on the fact above, many people wonder whether it’s safe to use our Whole Leaf aloe products due to the way it’s processed. Although it’s always good practice to investigate what parts of the plant are used in aloe products, each item in the Lily of the Desert line is guaranteed to reduce the aloin to a safe level of less than 1 part per million. In fact, you can read more about a recent safety study on our products here!

False: Aloe Causes A Laxative Effect

Studies show that while Aloe vera can help with occasional digestive situations such as constipation and indigestion, it is not meant to cause a laxative effect.

When using Lily of the Desert products for the first time, we suggest taking 2 ounces (4 Tbsp) per serving, alone or mixed with a favorite juice. Then gradually work your way up to 8 ounces daily. We recommend you take the aloe 15-30 minutes before each meal to help with digestion and nutrient absorption.

False: Aloe Is A Cactus

Often mistaken for a kind of cacti, the origin of the aloe plant has been widely debated. It’s actually closely related to the onion. Aloe was previously considered a member of the Lily genus, and was historically referred to as the “lily of the desert.” Sound familiar?

However, according to recent articles, the Aloe vera plant is unique in that it possesses several characteristics that may be attributed to that of a succulent. But one thing’s for sure: it’s got even more health benefits than those other plants combined!

False: All Aloe Vera Species Are The Same

There are 500 varieties of Aloe vera plant that can be found throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and America. Lily of the Desert uses barbadensis Miller, which is clinically shown to provide the most nutrients to our bodies. Another species you may recognize is that of aloe arborescens, which some claim to be more potent, but not as good for commercial use.

The Truth About Aloe Vera

Have an aloe question or assumption we didn’t cover? Shoot us a message on Lily’s official Facebook and we can help you out.

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Immunity Tips for Back To Learning

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Practicing Healthy Habits

Back to learning can come in a variety of ways this Fall, but you will also need to ensure that you are protecting your family’s immune systems. Whether they’re experiencing school in person or taking classes over Zoom, here’s some tips to keep you and your child happy and healthy for a bright new school year.

1. Social Distancing

A bit easier said than done with some kids heading back to in-person learning, but having a quick conversation with them about the importance of extra personal space this fall is going to be helpful to everyone. Air high-fives can be just as cool! The CDC recommends staying 6 feet (roughly two arms lengths) from the other people you encounter throughout your day, and kids are encouraged not to share school supplies or form groups when put in social settings.

Remember, “social distancing” doesn’t mean isolation! There are plenty of ways to socialize from within your home by using a computer or phone to chat with friends and loved ones.

2. Mask Up

It’s more important than ever to wear a mask and slow the spread of germs when out in public, especially as we go back to learning. As most agencies request medical masks be utilized by public workers, here is a handy guide to making your own mask using a full tutorial from the CDC.

Make sure you use two layers of a breathable fabric as single layers can be ineffective. You can even have the kids pick out fun fabrics for each member to show off their unique personality!

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Two 10”x6” rectangles of cotton fabric
  • Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
  • Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
  • Sewing machine (or sew by hand)

3. Wash Hands and Use Hand Sanitizer

Germs can spread when we touch our eyes, mouth, and nose after touching contaminated objects or surfaces. The CDC states you should wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, using the bathroom, and many more circumstances.

If your family isn’t able to get to a sink and soap, that’s the correct time to use hand sanitizer. It’s simple to keep on your person or in your vehicle for when you are out in public. Be sure to send a bottle in the kids backpacks and remind them to reapply often.

Lily of the Desert recently launched our Hand Sanitizer made with Aloe vera. Find it in convenient 2oz, 8oz, or gallon-sized bottles that uses 70% ethyl alcohol content to effectively fight germs. It even hydrates your skin while you use it! Buy your bottle online or at our major retailers today. 

 

Supplements to Improve Your Immune System

As the school year begins, practicing the above safety methods will help prepare and protect our outsides from possible infection. But what about our insides? Well, that’s where Lily comes in.

1. Immune Boosting Juices

Lily offers preservative free aloe juices and gels with 200 biologically active components to help strengthen our immune systems and provide good digestive health. Each of our drinkable aloe products provide essential amino acids, enzymes, and polysaccharides that help keep us healthy. Add it to a smoothie or your favorite drink and help your immune system out every day. Plus, you can find it at your nearest retailer

2. Lifestix E.N.T. Care

Lifestix E.N.T. Care helps to defend your family’s ear, nose & throat health during the school year. The Lifestix E.N.T. Care formula contains 20mg of Oral probiotic BLIS K12 S. salivarius to help enhance the immune system and reduce the likelihood of a sore throat. They’ll love the sweet Strawberry taste and instant-dissolve powder, and you’ll love how it offers advanced protection!

3. EcoDrink Naturals

Finally, EcoDrink Naturals are an ideal way to ensure you and your family gets essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals they need to maintain good health. Kids are probably taking their own water bottle to school so it’s easy to add one packet of EcoDrink Naturals and create a healthy and hydrating drink throughout the day. Choose from berry, fruit punch, peach mango, and strawberry lemonade flavors with no artificial sweeteners or added sugars.

 

A Lesson In Lily

Implementing these techniques in our daily lives can help prevent the spread of germs and put our families on the road to good health. Back to learning doesn’t mean back to bad habits – join us in building a better health routine that can be used for years to come.

Any questions on this blog post or the Lily of the Desert products? Hit us up on our official Facebook and let’s chat.

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End of Summer Giveaway

It’s giveaway time and at Lily of the Desert we are celebrating the final days of summer with the kids heading “back to learning”. You’ll want to help keep your family’s health in tip-top shape this upcoming fall, so we’ve put together an awesome variety of Lily of the Desert’s products that can help enhance immune and digestive health while keeping your bodies properly hydrated!

Enjoy feeling your best inside and out with our customer favorites: topical 99% Aloe vera gelly and nutrient-boosting aloe juice. Also included are our fantastic nutritional products: delicious EcoDrink Naturals with key electrolytes to help keep the family hydrated, and Lifestix E.N.T. Care that is full of powerful oral probiotics for the whole family’s (ages 2& up) immune health.

Plus, you’ll be one of the first to get your hands on our newest product: Aloe Vera Hand Sanitizer, made right here in Texas! It uses our signature organically-grown aloe to help soothe skin while protecting you from the spread of potentially harmful germs.

Like this social post and comment with your favorite Lily product from now until Sunday, Sept. 6th, 2020 at 3PM CST to enter. Three winners will be announced on the following Tuesday, Sept. 8th, so be sure to claim your prize!

End Of Summer Giveaway Items

How to Enter

  • Visit our Facebook Page.
  • React to this social post [linked].
  • Comment with your favorite Lily of the Desert product!

We will choose three winners and announce them on Facebook at 3PM on Tuesday, Sept. 8th, 2020 at 3PM CST. Make sure to check our page and claim your prize!

Giveaway Terms & Conditions

  • One entry per person.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be a resident of the United States.
  • Giveaway begins Monday, August 31st at 3:00 PM CST and ends Sunday, Sept. 6th, 2020 at 3PM CST.
  • Winners will be selected by Lily of the Desert and announced on our Facebook Page on 3PM on Tuesday, Sept. 8th, 2020 at 3PM CST.
  • If unclaimed after 24 hours from notification, the prize is forfeited and Lily of the Desert reserves the right to select another winner.
  • This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Facebook.

What Makes Aloe So Awesome?

As summer finally comes to a close, our bodies may start to become more susceptible to outside elements. Recent studies suggest that the colder seasons can lower our immunity levels and make it harder for our white blood cells to fight off possible infection. Fall and winter are also known to remove the natural moisture from our skin, leaving us with dry or cracked areas that can cause itch or burn.

This giveaway specializes in giving your body a helping hand when it needs it most! As always, we’ve got your aloe fix with our 99% Gelly and Whole Leaf Aloe Juice. The gelly works to restore and revitalize our skin in over 3 of our epidermal layers, while the juice can be ingested in 2 to 4 ounces at a time to help strengthen immunity, balance digestion, and increase nutrient absorption. After all, Aloe vera is known to have over 200 biologically-active components like vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and polysaccharides!

A box of EcoDrink Naturals comes with 24 packets that can be poured into your water to help meet your recommended daily requirements. That’s right – you’re getting a delicious dose of 28 essential vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes that are absorbed while you hydrate!

We’re also including a 30 pack of Lifestix E.N.T. Care to deliver daily immune health in each travel-sized packet. Its probiotic-enriched formula uses BLIS K12™ S. salivarius to guard your vulnerable areas like the ear, nose, and throat. Just sprinkle this sweet-tasting formula on your tongue to keep your defenses up!

Last but not least, we’re proud to introduce the newest member in the Lily lineup: Aloe Vera Hand Sanitizer. Other sanitizers may leave your skin feeling sticky and dry, but our aloe packs an added burst of hydration to ensure your skin remains soft and moisturized. It is made with Ethyl Alcohol originating from the US and is made here in Texas!  

Are you looking for more Lily in your life? Enter our giveaway and check out our Store Locator so you can find our products at your nearest retailer.

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Avocado and Strawberry Layered Smoothie

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It’s time for a Layered Aloe Smoothie that looks just as amazing as it tastes. Shake your morning up by combining two separate flavors and layering them together for one delicious immune-boosting drink. Once you finish, you’re no longer just a smoothie maker— you’re a smoothie artist!

Layers of Good Immune Health

There are plenty of elements that make this recipe an awesome part of your wellness routine. Strawberries are jam-packed with Vitamin C to keep your immune system functioning well, and bananas are a prebiotic which improves gut health. Bananas also contain high levels of Vitamin B6 to support the immune system.

Now, what about avocados? This may be an unusual ingredient, but they make a perfectly-creamy consistency and are a good source of Glutathione, AKA a powerful antioxidant associated with immune system health needed for the lymphoid cells.

Lemon juice is high in Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant with antiviral and antibacterial benefits. Honey adds a kick of sweetness, but provides much more just than that. Honey’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties help improve the digestive system and boost immunity as well.

Almond Milk contains Vitamins A, D, and E. These three vitamins will give your immune system a big push for enhanced protection. Go for the unsweetened version, since the fruit and honey used here will provide all the sweetness you crave. Additionally, vanilla’s antibacterial nature serves to boost your immune system and lower stress on the body, allowing us to recover better from feeling under the weather.

Finally, Lily of the Desert’s Inner Fillet Aloe Vera Juice has over 200 biologically-active components like vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and polysaccharides. Aloe can help boost immunity (and Lily’s is clinically proven to support immune health!) to allow your body to absorb all these nutrients in your smoothie.

Lily’s Layered Aloe Smoothie Recipe

Part One: Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 ½ Cup Strawberries (Frozen is best)
  • 1 Cut-Up Banana (Frozen is best)
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ½ Tablespoon Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons of Lily’s Aloe Vera Inner Fillet Juice
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Lemon Juice

Part Two: Avocado Smoothie

  • 1 ½ Cup of Chopped Avocado
  • ⅓ Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • ⅓ Cup of Ice Cubes
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons of Lily’s Aloe Vera Inner Fillet Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

During these summer months, we suggest using frozen strawberries and bananas. Frozen fruits make the smoothie nice and frosty! If you want to go vegan, you can replace the honey with agave nectar.

How To Prepare the Smoothie

Please note that this smoothie is made in two separate parts.

First, combine all ingredients from the Strawberry Smoothie recipe and blend until smooth. Then pour the strawberry smoothie into a glass, only filling it half way, so we save room for the avocado smoothie layer.

Rinse of the blender container to get rid of the excess strawberry smoothie. Once clean, pour all the ingredients from the Avocado smoothie into the blender and blend until smooth.

Finally, use a spoon to gently scoop out the avocado smoothie and place on top of the strawberry smoothie in the glass. Do not pour or the smoothie will mix together. Garnish with your leftover fruit, and enjoy!

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Why Add Aloe Juice to My Smoothie?

Aloe might not be your first thought for a smoothie ingredient, but it should be! Aloe contains tons of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin B, C, and E, which are great for boosting immune support. Aloe is also one of the few plant sources of Vitamin B-12.

A major benefit to Lily aloe juice is the increased rate of nutrient absorption. This makes sure all the essential nutrients from your smoothie ingredients are maximized to deliver the body what it needs. Check out our clinical study for more info!

Where Can I Find High Quality Aloe Vera Juice?

It’s as simple as going to our Store Locator and finding your nearest retailer. Don’t feel like going to the store? Have it delivered from amazon or any participating online retailer!

Let us know how you liked this recipe and don’t be afraid to snap a pic of your creation to share with us on our Lily of the Desert Facebook or Instagram!

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Answering Commonly Asked Aloe Questions

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As a leader in the aloe industry, we get a lot of frequently asked questions about our favorite organically-grown plant. There’s a lot to learn, so if you’re interested in the benefits of aloe and are curious to find out more, this is the blog for you! We’ve gathered our top 10 most commonly-asked questions to help give you better insight into what makes Aloe vera so awesome.

FAQ #1: What Are the Benefits of Aloe Vera?

Aloe vera naturally contains over 200 biologically-active components that help our bodies function at our full potential. This includes essential elements like vitamins, enzymes, minerals, amino acids, and polysaccharides that work together harmoniously to support our overall health.

This incredibly helpful plant has many benefits, but its most popular are:

  • Digestive Health: Aloe is able to work with your own stomach acid to help keep it in balance for optimized digestion. This assists your body in absorbing the nutrients it needs to function. Balanced digestion also helps with avoiding occasional heartburn and indigestion and assists with good regularity.

 

  • Immune Support: Aloe is naturally an adaptogen, which means that it can help the body find balance when faced with outside stress. Aloe naturally contains the critical polysaccharide, acemannan, which is also known to help aid the immune system. Our own brand of Aloe vera has been clinically proven to help increase white blood cell counts in the body, which act as our bodies first line of defense to the immune system.

 

  • Detoxification: Our bodies can often end up with an excess of waste and toxins that cause our cells to not receive the essential nutrients needed to help our bodies work properly. Aloe is able to help the body reduce the toxic levels of nitrates in your body so that you can stay healthy.

 

  • Nutrient Absorption: Oftentimes, our bodies need a little help in order to get the most use out of the nutrients from our diets or supplements that we use daily. Aloe is able to help maximize your nutrients and carry them to your cells. Our brand of Aloe vera has been clinically shown to help increase nutrient absorption.

 

  • Skin Health: Aloe is perhaps best known for its topical benefits. Aloe vera is known as nature’s best moisturizer for good reason. It has humectant properties, helping your skin retain its own moisture while also helping to hydrate at least 3 epidermal layers. It’s no wonder that Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years and was even known to be used by Cleopatra herself.

 

FAQ #2: Can I use aloe internally and topically? Can I use the same product for both purposes?

As mentioned above, aloe is best known for its topical use. But drinking aloe on a daily basis yields amazing benefits as well. While some customers are able to use the aloe juice and gel topically without any issue, those products pH have actually been lowered, so it is best to test on a small portion of your skin before use. We do make a topical aloe called 99% Aloe Vera Gelly and it is a best seller and summer must-have!

FAQ #3: What is the difference between Whole Leaf and Inner Fillet? Juice and Gel?

You want to buy an aloe product, but which one?! It’s really going to come down to preference. The Whole Leaf products contain the outer rind of the aloe leaf as well and the inner gel portion of the plant. (Don’t worry, there are no chunks!) The Inner Fillet products contain the inner gel portion. So which one should you use? They both are equally beneficial when it comes to our own brand. We just know that customers have their preference so we make both.

With aloe gel vs. aloe juice, again, both will be equally beneficial. However, some customers feel that when they drink the aloe gel it helps coat their throat and stomach and they find that helpful.

FAQ #4: How should I use an aloe product?

When drinking aloe vera juice or gel, you can drink 1 to 8 oz a day (2 TBS to 16 TBS). Both can be used on its own or mixed with another juice is fine; you can even find some amazing smoothie recipes on our blog ALOE TODAY. Since everyone’s body is different, the amount you need to drink daily will be different. We suggest starting out with a small amount, maybe 1-2 ounces a day and work your way up. Look for any change in your regularity to know that you may be using too much.

For digestive health, try to use the aloe product about 15-30 minutes prior to meals. For topical use, you can apply the aloe daily underneath any SPF moisturizers and make up. You can even use the topical aloe for styling your hair, shaving gel and after-shave.

FAQ #5: Do I need to refrigerate my aloe product?

Topical aloe like our 99% Aloe Vera Gelly does not require refrigeration, though you can refrigerate if you want to add even more of a cooling effect for your skin. However, our aloe juices and gels need to be refrigerated after opening. Once opened, our USDA organic preservative free aloe juices are good for 30-45 days; meanwhile our preserved juices and gels can be good for up to 6 months.

FAQ #6: Who can use aloe?

When it comes to topical use, just about anyone in the family can use aloe. When it comes to ingesting aloe it is important to be cautious if you are taking any medications, pregnant, or nursing. You need to check with your physician prior to use to ensure that there is not any chance of the aloe interacting with your medications, pregnancy or children. Speaking of kids, our aloe juices and gels are best used by those over the age of 13.

FAQ #7: What are aloe polysaccharides and Aloesorb?

You may recognize the other elements listed above, but what in the world are polysaccharides? Well, polysaccharides are carbohydrates that are known to support a healthy digestive and immune system.

The biggest polysaccharides do tremendous work in helping the body maintain a balanced stomach pH and inspire the growth of healthy bacteria. They’re also clinically proven to help increase white blood cell counts for improved immune support!

In fact, we’ve harnessed these powerful polysaccharides into one place in our patent-pending Aloesorb infusion process. This allows you to enjoy all of our Aloe vera products with even more efficacy and boosted benefits. Check out our previous blog for a more in-depth look at why polysaccharides are an aloe lover’s best friend.

FAQ #8: Does aloe have any aloin/anthraquinones/yellow sap that can be harmful?

You may have heard or read the term “decolorized” when speaking about aloe products. Here’s what that means: if you cut open an aloe leaf, you may be able to see a small sliver of yellow between the outer rind and the inner fillet. This sap, also known as “aloe latex”, consists of the potentially harmful substance anthraquinones/aloin.

When ingested in high doses, aloin can be a major cause for concern leading to health problems. On average, unfiltered aloe contains approximately 10,000 parts per million of aloin.

All Lily of the Desert aloe products have reduced the aloin to a safe level of less than 1 part per million, making them decolorized and completely safe to use daily. Read more about a recent safety study on our products here.

FAQ #9: Which aloe species is most beneficial?

You may or may not know that Aloe vera has more than 400 different types of species. Aloe barbadensis Miller is the most prolific species used in products since it is best known for its beneficial properties. It is also the most studied plant.

FAQ #10: Why should you use Lily of the Desert products?

It should be no surprise that we take our role as the #1 seller of aloe in the natural products industry very seriously.

We pride ourselves on going beyond expectations in three key ways: our innovative in-house methods, signature Aloesorb infusion process, and the fact that we’re the only natural products company to have “Gold Standard” clinical studies conducted to back up the claims behind our products.

Interested in our aloe? Visit our store locator to find the closest retailer near you and start living a healthy and active lifestyle with aloe on your side.

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How Detoxification Can Help Your Body

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Here’s a little known fact: good immunity begins with good gut health. The digestive system is the central hub of health in our bodies, so making sure it’s functioning at peak performance will play a vital role in keeping you well.

Natural detoxification is a great way to maintain healthy digestion while flushing out toxins that can negatively affect our overall health. While others tend to vaguely mention the term “detox” without really explaining its advantages, we’ve compiled the exact reasons why detoxification provides awesome benefits for our bodies.

Reducing Harmful Toxins

Although there are several toxins we encounter in our day-to-day lives, the two we’ll be focusing on tend to be of the most prevalent.

Nitrates are known to occur naturally in the human body and can be sourced from some foods and the water you drink. A stable nitrate level is nothing to fuss about, but a high level can build up when the body is dehydrated. This can be caused by lack of fluids blocking the body from flushing the nitrates out.

Ammonia is another potentially harmful toxin that can lead to feeling overly tired or confused, with the more serious health concerns relating to brain function. Ammonia is a waste product that the body processes and expels through the liver.

These buildups and blockages demonstrate why it is crucial to have your digestive system working properly to avoid the spread of toxins.

Increasing Nutrient Absorption

When we eat, food travels to the stomach to be broken down into molecules, shipped to the small intestine, and then finally settling into our bloodstream. We then use those nutrients to power the body and keep us going strong.

If this process isn’t working, you’ll end up losing too many of those much-needed nutrients. A healthy stomach can make the difference in getting the most out of your food choices.

Maintaining Healthy Regularity

Our digestive tract can provide good insight into the state of our bodies. Irregularities in the bathroom happen sometimes, but if you find yourself visiting it too often, detoxification may be right for you. Remember, constipation can mean your system is not flushing out the waste effectively, while diarrhea will rid the fluid our bodies need to remain hydrated to help flush out toxins.

Why Lily’s Aloe Herbal Detox Formula Works

Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Herbal Detox Formula is a special blend of certified organic aloe vera and trusted herbs like burdock root, acacia gum, milk thistle, dandelion leaf and slippery elm bark. When it comes to reducing toxins, Lily’s Detox Formula has been clinically proven to reduce ammonias & cell nitrate levels.

The special formula also helps your digestive system function by assisting with cleansing waste so you can maintain healthy regularity that in turn increases nutrient absorption. Talk about a win-win!

You can find the Aloe Herbal Detox Formula online or at your nearest retail store. Use our store locator to score your next bottle!

Our Detox formula is specially made to help the body’s plumbing system stay balanced, but Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juices and Gels also benefit the digestive system in similar ways!

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Immune-Boosting Carrot Smoothie

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Do you carrot all about your immune system? Then we’ve got the perfect smoothie recipe for you! It’s easy to make, tastes delicious, and most importantly it helps your immune system function optimally. Time to break out the fruits and veggies and get to work!

Key Ingredients for Immune Health

Carrots have a one-two punch of immune-boosting power, as they contain antioxidants that limit inflammation and repair damaged cells. They also contain Vitamin C to give your immune system support. Likewise, ginger is known for its anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it tastes great!

Recently, Turmeric has become a bit of a hot commodity. It’s become common to use turmeric in smoothies likely due to its many healthy benefits. Turmeric’s natural anti-bacterial properties help stave off potential infection, and is shown to stop damaged cells from multiplying and spreading throughout the body.

The fruits in this smoothie make it taste sweet and delicious, but they serve a greater purpose! Bananas are a great source of Vitamin B6, which keeps production of helpful antibodies operating at peak performance. Pineapple supports the immune system due to its high concentration of Vitamin C. Similarly, lemon juice has antiviral and antibacterial properties because the fruit is also high in Vitamin C content.

Almond milk is also jam-packed with essential vitamins. Vitamins A, D and E are great to keep the body healthy. Almond milk even contains Vitamin B which helps the body recuperate. Remember, feel free to substitute any non-dairy milk alternative like oat milk, cashew milk, etc. to better fit your taste or allergen needs.

And to top it all off, Aloe Vera Juice has over 200 biologically-active components like vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and polysaccharides. This powerhouse plant can help boost immunity and help the body stay healthy, and even helps your body absorb all these nutrients you’re putting inside it. Lily’s own aloe juice is clinically proven to help boost your immune system when used daily.

Here Are The Ingredients You’ll Need

– 2 Carrots

– 1 Banana

– 1 Cup Pineapple

– 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

– 4 Tbsp Lily’s Whole Leaf Aloe Juice

– 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

– 1/2 Tbsp Peeled Ginger

– 1/4 Tsp Ground Turmeric

Simple Prep Smoothie

  • Peel and chop your carrots, ginger, pineapple, and banana. 
  • Toss chopped items into the blender.
  • Pour in your almond milk.
  • Add a pinch of turmeric.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon juice. 
  • Pour in 4 tablespoons of Lily of the Desert’s Whole Leaf Aloe Juice to the mixture. 

Now’s the time to turn that blender on and mix to a smooth consistency. Voilà, your smoothie is ready to enjoy!

Why Would I Add Aloe To My Smoothie?

Glad you asked! Aloe is a fascinating plant because it benefits the body in many significant ways. Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Juices have been known to aid in healthy digestion, help reduce harmful toxins in the body, assist in the increase the body’s nutrient uptake, help balance stomach acid naturally, and support your immune system! So the question really is, “Why wouldn’t you add aloe to your smoothie?”

Where Can I Find Quality Aloe Vera Juice?

Mosey on over to our Aloe Vera Juices section under our products menu on the website. Just type your zip code into the Store Locator to find the nearest location with our products or visit Amazon for shipping options.

Let us know how your version of this smoothie turned out on social media! Any questions about aloe vera juice or the smoothie in general? Ask us your questions on the official Lily of the Desert Facebook.

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Getting the Most Out of Hydration

EcoDrink Naturals Packages in Water

Staying hydrated should be part of everyone’s daily routine; whether you are exercising, mowing the yard, or just going about your day, our bodies require replenishment of nutrients to stay healthy. While studies show the recommended amount of water intake varies per individual, finding ways to get the most out of your water is just as important as getting it.

That’s where EcoDrink Naturals can help.

An Exercise In Good Health

You’re probably familiar with the fact that our bodies are made up of around 60% water, and that maintaining it is vital for peak functionality. Water helps transport oxygen and nutrients to our cells, support in good digestion, better our metabolism rates, flush out potential pathogens, and lubricate our joints and muscle tissue… just to name a few.

Without properly replenishing your system, it’s common to experience an increase in heart rate, body temperature, and fatigue due to dehydration. So, if we lose water when we sweat, breathe, and go to the bathroom, what is the best way to get back what’s lost?

Regular water can meet our basic needs, but EcoDrink Naturals shakes things up with the necessary electrolytes our bodies require. Electrolytes are essential minerals that carry an electric charge within our systems. They are known to fight off dehydration and fatigue throughout our daily lives, and the added energy can give us a much-needed boost.

However, just as diet and exercise are only a part of building good health, electrolytes and next-level hydration are only the beginning of what EcoDrink Naturals has to offer.

Nourish While You Hydrate

Each grab-and-go packet contains 28 essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can help meeting your recommended daily requirements. Not only does this encourage functionality during the day, but it also puts you in position to help maintain good health throughout the rest of your life.

Here are just a few key vitamins and minerals that EcoDrink Naturals contains:

Vitamins A and D can help boost our immune system, support bone and tooth health, and help maintain your skin feeling healthy and hydrated. Likewise, Biotin supports hair, skin, and nails, while Vitamin E assists in immunity, supports healthy cognitive ability, and can even help reduce the likelihood of wrinkles.

When it comes to aiding in exercise, Vitamin C supports recovery from excessive movement. It also contains antioxidants that may help you maintain good health. Magnesium is shown to help maintain healthy blood pressure and boost your workout by supporting the increase of blood flow to the muscles. This helps breakdown lactate so muscles can perform efficiently.

Not to mention, a single EcoDrink Naturals pouch contains 20% of your proposed daily Zinc intake. Zinc helps the body activate T cells, which are responsible for helping to regulate our immune response. Studies have also shown that zinc plays a crucial role in how brain neurons communicate and support good memory.

Natural’s In The Name

While most “sports drinks” only provide simple hydration over a period of time, EcoDrink Naturals go above and beyond to support your body’s top performance. Every sip is designed to support wellness, allowing you to feel your best down to a cellular level. Plus, at only 15 calories, you can enjoy making good decisions without sacrificing that sweet taste.

EcoDrink Naturals offers a convenient way to get electrolytes, advanced hydration, and 28 essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients every time. Without any added sugars or artificial flavorings, you can know that it’s just as natural as the name implies.

Enjoy delicious, thirst-quenching flavors like Berry, Peach Mango, Fruit Punch, and Strawberry Lemonade in each travel-sized packet. All you need is 16 ounces of water for an amazingly tasty way to beat the summer heat.

Do you need help absorbing the other nutrients you put inside your body? Check out Lily’s Aloe Vera Juice for another natural way to harness good health and help increase our levels of overall absorption.

Have any questions, comments, or experiences you’d like to share about EcoDrink Naturals? You can reach out to the official EcoDrink Naturals Facebook page and we’ll be happy to help.

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Summer Skin Care Needs

Graphic of Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Gelly

With summer in full swing, now’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. However, as much as we love the sun, spending too much time basking in its glow can lead to some woes for our skin.

The sun is one of the best and most convenient sources of Vitamin D available. Getting enough sunlight is important for fighting off fatigue and maintaining good health, but how much is too much? Well, studies suggest we’re meant to be outside approximately 10 to 30 minutes for at least three times a week, and that overexposure can be potentially harmful to our health.

Help Keep Your Skin Happy & Hydrated

Step one is to make sure you are using proper sun protection daily. Using a mineral-based sunscreen for your body can significantly help with avoiding sunburns. A mineral sunscreen contains either zinc oxide by itself, or in combination with titanium dioxide, to block UV light. If you want the most natural version, your best bet is to go with the zinc oxide. Look for labels that show broad spectrum to cover both UVA and UVB sunlight and remember to reapply if you need to be in the sun throughout the day.

Another great way to keep your skin hydrated is using a SPF moisturizer for your face and there are great natural options available. By choosing to use products that don’t use chemicals, you avoid absorbing potential toxins into your face. You can apply a natural SPF moisturizer daily to keep your skin healthy and ward off potential sun damage. Here’s a list of many product options that could suit your needs.

Sunscreen and SPF moisturizer do a great job of helping to protect your skin, but don’t forget your lips can be damaged by UV rays as well. One study shows 63% of people fail to protect their lips from the sun. Since slathering sunscreen on your lips isn’t an appealing option, look for some lip balm with a SPF ingredient. Once again, zinc oxide is a natural ingredient and will work well in your lip balm.

Finally, it’s important to consider that the heat and rays from the sun pulls moisture out of the skin and will ultimately leave it dry and dehydrated. Our 99% Aloe Gelly helps to hydrate at least 3 epidermal layers and naturally replenishes the skin with moisture.  It can be used daily along with your sunscreen and/or moisturizer to help retain your skin’s moisture and help keep it looking healthy and hydrated.

What to Do If You Get Too Much Sun

As much as we may try, sometimes we get too much sun and end up with red and irritated skin. Lily of the Desert’s 99% Aloe Vera Gelly does not prevent sun-kissed skin, but it can be a welcome relief after that prolonged sun exposure. It can be used to cool down skin and help add back some of the moisture you may have lost. When it comes down to it, that bit of added relief can be the difference between saying “oooooooh” vs “ahhhhhh”.  You can even try leaving the gelly in the refrigerator for an even cooler feeling for your skin, especially during these intensely hot summer days.

Plus, the gelly is available in convenient sizes for whatever your family needs are:

4 oz. – Perfect size for the purse and on-the-go moisture.

8 oz. – Great option for 2-3 people.

12 oz. – Wonderful for the family.

And of course, as we head out of the house more, make sure you have hand sanitizer to keep your hands free from germs. Check out our homemade recipe using our soothing aloe. It helps to keep your skin clean but also soothed.

Learn More About Lily

Looking to find a bottle at your nearest retail store? Hop over to our store locator and get your hands on your very own bottle!

Any questions, comments, or experiences you’d like to share about our product? You can reach out to us on the official Lily of the Desert Facebook page and we can get it figured out.

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