Though it looks more like a cactus, aloe, also commonly referred to as aloe vera, is actually a member of the lily family. The plant's gel has more than 75 nutrients and a stunning 200 active compounds, including 12 vitamins, 20 minerals and 18 amino acids. Aloe vera's beneficial properties may be attributed to mucopolysaccharides present in the inner gel of the leaf, especially acemannan (acetylated mannans).
It’s good to have an aloe plant in close reach. Often referred to as the burn plant, it’s no wonder our wise grandmothers would break off a leaf to soothe the skin. Aloe is good for the skin because it:
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- Helps soothe the skin
We use aloe in many of our creams and lotions.
Soothing aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis), a perennial plant, is native to sunny, dry areas in the southern and eastern regions of Africa. Aloe was later cultivated in northern Africa as well as China, Gibraltar, Spain and the West Indies. Today, this succulent plant is cultivated around the world.
Aloe remains one of the most commonly used plant extracts in the U.S.