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Aloe Vera

Ingredient: Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis)

What is it? Aloe vera is commonly known for its ability to relieve sunburned skin, but its potent medicinal properties are surprisingly vast. Perhaps it is because aloe contains over 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds including vitamins, minerals, and salicylic acid. Native to North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands, this soothing succulent has been proven to support wound healing, decrease the sensation of pain, and hydrate skin. Aloe vera has two very distinct parts which provide different medicinal properties: the gel and the latex. The gel (the inside part of the leaves) is known for its soothing abilities, while the latex is thought to support detoxification.

Nourishing properties

  • Supports skin rejuvenation
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Reduces discomfort
  • Natural anti-microbial properties

 

Why do we use it? We use it in the Mother of All Creams because of its ability to effectively calm irritated skin conditions, including seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. One study found aloe to be an effective anti-inflammatory agent and compared it to the popular corticosteriod drug, hydrocortisone. We have added aloe in our pain relief cream because of its powerful pain-relieving agent, salicylic acid, which effectively eases joint aches and pains naturally. Aloe vera is found in our scalp therapy shampoo and conditioner to strengthen hair while restoring moisture to the scalp.

 

References

Tabassumdon, Nahida, and Mariya Hamdani. “Plants Used to Treat Skin Diseases.” Pharmacognosy Reviews, vol. 8, no. 15, 2014, p. 52., doi:10.4103/0973-7847.125531.

“Aloe Vera Gel Research Review.” Natural Medicine Journal, www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2012-09/aloe-vera-gel-research-review.

Surjushe, Amar, et al. “Aloe Vera: A Short Review.” Indian Journal of Dermatology, vol. 53, no. 4, 2008,

Hutter, J A, et al. “Antiinflammatory C-Glucosyl Chromone from Aloe Barbadensis.” Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports., U.S. National Library of Medicine, May 1996, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8778246.

Rosca-Casian, Oana, et al. “Antifungal Activity of Aloe Vera Leaves.” Fitoterapia, vol. 78, no. 3, 2007, pp. 219–222., doi:10.1016/j.fitote.2006.11.008.

Wada, Gloria, et al. “Inner Leaf Gel of Aloe Striata Induces Adhesion-Reducing Morphological Hyphal Aberrations.” Journal of Fungi, vol. 4, no. 1, 2018, p. 23., doi:10.3390/jof4010023.

Olaleye, MT, and CO Bello-Michael. “Comparative Antimicrobial Activities of Aloe Vera Gel and Leaf.” African Journal of Biotechnology, Academic Journals (Kenya), www.ajol.info/index.php/ajb/article/view/71436

Radha, Maharjan H., and Nampoothiri P. Laxmipriya. “Evaluation of Biological Properties and Clinical Effectiveness of Aloe Vera: A Systematic Review.” Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine,vol. 5, no. 1, 2015, pp. 21–26., doi:10.1016/j.jtcme.2014.10.006.

Manipal, Sunayana, et al. “Anti-Fungal Activity of Aloe Vera: In Vitro Stud.” SRM Journal of Research in Dental Sciences, vol. 6, no. 2, 2015, p. 92., doi:10.4103/0976-433x.155464.

 

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