You can eat it, you can drink it, you can rub it on your skin: aloe vera is a wonderfully versatile plant that is full of goodness for your body!
The spikey leaves of the aloe vera plant store a clear gel, which can be used topically to soothe and moisturise dry and chapped skin. The internal dried yellow sap of the plant is the part used in aloe vera supplements, which contribute to gastrointestinal health. You can also feel the benefits of this helpful little succulent by drinking it in an aloe vera juice, or even by using an aloe vera fortified toothpaste.
What is aloe vera?
Aloe vera is the name of a prickly plant from the succulent family with thick, fleshy leaves that can grow up to two feet long. This plant grows naturally in tropical and sub-tropical climates, originating in places like South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, but is actually cultivated all over the world.
There are two main parts of the plant that are used:
What are the benefits of the aloe vera plant?
The aloe vera plant has been used for centuries in countries spanning from South Africa to China.
Aloe vera is still highly popular today and is still in wide use all over the world. It is commonly used as a supplement and has been put into juices to support healthy digestion.
What are the benefits of aloe vera gel?
On snapping or cutting a leaf of an aloe vera plant, pure aloe vera gel trickles out. This gel has cooling properties and is also a natural moisturiser so it can be used on dry and chapped skin to soften and soothe it.
Top tip: leave your aloe vera gel or moisturiser in the fridge for even more satisfying cooling effects.
What are the benefits of aloe vera juice?
Aloe vera juice is made from the whole leaf of aloe vera, including the gel found inside. Benefits from aloe vera juice include providing support to the natural digestion process.
What are the benefits of an aloe vera supplement?
These aloe vera supplements can support healthy digestion. Here at Holland and Barrett, we sell a wide range of different aloe vera products and supplements that can aid your digestive system.
You can even find a supplement that you only have to take once at night, allowing it to support your digestive system while you sleep.
What are the benefits of aloe vera toothpaste?
If you prefer to use a natural toothpaste, aloe vera toothpaste could be the one for you. It can help to leave your teeth feeling super clean.
What aloe vera products do Holland and Barrett sell?
Explore the range to see how aloe vera can help you.