Introducing Aloe Vera
With leaves that can grow up to two feet long, and bearing spikes of yellow and orange flowers, Aloe Vera is a prickly, green plant native to Africa, but cultivated around the world.
The plant has many uses. A clear gel contained within the leaves is typically applied to the skin, and a dried yellow sap taken from the leaf base is used internally.
Here at Holland & Barrett we stock an extensive range of Aloe Vera products including; Aloe Vera Juice (link), Aloe Vera Lotion, Aloe Vera Toothpaste (link) and Aloe Vera supplements.
Aloe Vera – A Deeper Look
The inner part of the leaves contain a gel, which can be extracted, whereas a bitter liquid (known as aloe latex) can be derived from the skin of the leaves.
Used for thousands of years, Aloe Vera has been implemented to support a variety of skin complaints and irritations, and was one of the most prescribed remedies in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Aloe Vera Plant – A Breakdown
The Aloe Vera 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 a vast amount of water. The leaves can also grow to 36 inches long, whilst the plant can grow to be 4 feet tall.
Despite the plant being native to more tropical climates, they’ve been cultivated across the globe, and people grow them indoors, in places like the UK.
Uses for Aloe Vera
Although Aloe is made from 99% water, it also contains both glycoproteins and polysaccharides.
There are numerous products made using Aloe Vera, which includes everything from juices to toothpastes.
Here at Holland & Barrett we stock a large number of Aloe Vera products including:
- Cosmetics (lip balms, body wash, and shampoo)
- Dental care items (toothpaste, mouthwash)
- Tablets, capsules, liquids and gels
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