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
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