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.
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.
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