Aloe vera is an ingredient often found in creams and beauty items due to its association with supporting the health of the skin. You can find a range of aloe vera products from Holland & Barrett in the Aloe Vera section of this website.
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is a product of the aloe vera plant. The gel can be taken from the inner part of the leaves, whilst a bitter liquid known as aloe latex can be derived from the skin of the leaves. Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to support a variety of skin complaints and irritations. It was one of the most prescribed remedies in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Aloe Vera Plant
The plant itself is native to subtropical and tropical locations such as South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Although it is described as a prickly perennial, the leaves are succulent and hold lots of water. The leaves can grow up to 36 inches long, whilst the plant can grow up to4 feet tall!
Despite the plant being native to more tropical climates, people can grow them indoors in the UK too.
Aloe Vera Uses
Aloe is made up of 99% water; however it also contains both glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins may be responsible for supporting the healing process in regards to both pain and inflammation. Polysaccharides may have complementary qualities to glycoproteins as they are thought to support skin growth and repair.
There are numerous products made using aloe vera, ranging from juices to toothpastes. Holland & Barrett stocks a number of other aloe vera products too including:
- Cosmetics (lip balms, body wash, shampoo)
- Dental care items (toothpaste, mouthwash)
- Tablets, capsules, liquids and gels
- Buy Aloe Vera from Holland & Barrett
As the UK's leading supplier of vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements, Holland & Barrett is a name you can trust to provide you with the finest quality aloe vera products. Shop by category today to find the aloe vera products that may be useful for you.