Aloe 101: Back to Basics - Lily of the Desert

Aloe 101: Back to Basics

No matter how old I get, no matter how long it’s been since I stepped foot into a classroom, this time of year will always remind me of how I felt on each First Day of School I ever had. New books, new friends, new teachers … it’s a unique combination of nerves and excitement that never quite goes away.

In honor of the first few weeks of classes, we’re getting back to the basics of aloe vera. After all, just because we’re not in school anymore doesn’t mean we should stop learning, and the aloe plant continues to be a source of fascination to us. Don’t worry — there won’t be a pop quiz later. (But knowing this stuff could definitely help you get to the head of your health class…)

Fun Facts About Aloe Vera:

  • There are over 500 species of aloe throughout the world. Lily of the Desert uses barbadensis Miller, which has been clinically shown to have the most nutrients.
  • Aloe vera is made up of 99.5% water, but the .5% solid portions are known to have the most active nutrients.
  • Aloe vera was depicted on 4,000 year old Sumerian clay tablets as having digestive benefits.
  • It is said that Alexander the Great once conquered the Island Socotra in order to have access to its precious aloe resources.
  • Aloe was used to heal wounds of both humans and livestock throughout Africa.
  • Aloe contains over 200 biologically active components including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to keep you healthy.
  • In addition to the above, aloe is made up of large-chain molecules called polysaccharides, the driving force behind distribution of nutrients through the body.

It goes without saying, at Lily of the Desert aloe polysaccharides are one of our favorite subjects because they are what make our products so unique. For more information about polysaccharides, head over to a new website we just launched: It answers all your questions about how Lily of the Desert uses them to amplify the natural benefits of our aloe vera products. Consider it your extra credit assignment.

Class dismissed!


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