I have been hearing a lot recently across social media about the wonders of aloe vera. Personally, I had never really thought of aloe vera as being much more than a cooling gel you popped in your suitcase when going on holiday in the event you may get sunburned. However, it turns out there is so much more to this amazing plant than just soothing your red bits!
I first became aware of the other uses for aloe vera when I was invited to my friend’s house for a Forever Living product party – complete with drinks and nibbles and a good excuse to try out some new and interesting products. I mainly attended because I was intrigued to know a bit more about the health benefits of using aloe vera and specifically because my two boys are prone to outbreaks of eczema and I was interested in finding an alternative natural product to help sooth their dry skin instead of the chemical based creams I had been using on them.
Olivia, the host of the party, was an eczema sufferer herself and swore by this range of products for helping clear her symptoms up. In particular she raved about the Aloe Propolis Creme, a thick moisturiser containing aloe vera gel and bee propolis. I was keen to try out this wonder treatment to see if it really did work, so as soon as it arrived I quickly got to work applying it to the dry patches on my boys arms and legs. The first thing I noticed was that the thick cream, packaged in a large white tube, had a very pleasant smell which made a pleasing change from the chemically smelling creams I had used previously. I used a blob about the size of a ten pence piece and rubbed it into my children’s skin as well as my own hands that had also been suffering with dryness after the winter months.
Unlike most moisturisers, this cream left no oily residue and soaked into the skin almost immediately. My children have complained previously of feeling sticky and that certain chemical based creams would actually make their skin burn when their outbreaks were particularly uncomfortable, however, none of these side affects were present when I applied the propolis creme.
After about a week of daily use of the cream, I am pleased to say the boys eczema did clear up and my hands, which I had also been treating with the Aloe Moisturising Lotion and focussing on particular areas of dryness with the aloe propolis creme, also improved dramatically. I have been using the propolis creme in particular to help control the boys eczema and apply at the first signs of dryness. The cream really seems to be keeping their outbreaks in check which is a huge relief.
Apart from using the cream, I was also encouraged after trying at the party, to start using the Forever Aloe Berry Nectar, as a daily drink (8 fl. oz. shot) each morning straight from the fridge. I was initially nervous about the idea of trying aloe vera as a drink as seemed such an alien concept given my old preconceptions about what aloe vera is used for. However, having tried the berry nectar, I really liked the taste so thought I would try it out. I’ve even managed to get the kids to try it too!
The Aloe Vera Gel drinks are noted for helping maintain a healthy digestive system and boosting energy levels. Whilst the Berry Nectar is not as highly concentrated as the plain gel drink, it does have the added benefit of containing cranberry and apple. Cranberries, besides their reputation as a cleanser for the urinary tract, provide a high content of vitamin C.
The thing I like most about all of the Forever Living products is that they have completely transformed my understanding of how you can use aloe vera. As well as being completely natural and not tested on animals, Forever’s aloe vera is one of the purest available on the market. It cultivates aloe vera on its privately-owned plantations, avoiding the use of herbicides or pesticides. The highly concentrated aloe vera gel is delicately separated from the leaf pulp and gently stabilised in a special patented process. The purity of the gel is the foundation of all Forever products and with over 50 million aloe vera plants, the plantations work to cleanse the earth of some two million tons of CO2 every year. There is something about having this knowledge that just makes you feel good buying and using their products…
8 Interesting Facts About Aloe Vera
- Although it looks like a cactus, it is actually a member of the Lily family and grows in subtropical and tropical conditions around the world.
- As well as containing vitamins such as A, C and E and skin-building B vitamins it also contains polysaccharides which hydrates skin and may support to boost immune system.
- Aloe Vera can be used for treating spots or acne.
- It is anti-bacterial.
- Aloe gel can be used as a makeup remover.
- It can be used topically to treat wounds, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis, eczema and dry skin.
- It produces two substances, namely gel and latex.
- The Egyptians named it ‘The Plant of Immortality” and Cleopatra was said to have used it on her body as part of her beauty routine!