Well-Informed Wednesday: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Aloe

Aloe Vera is one of the coolest plants on the planet.  It's amazing properties make it one of our favorite ingredients.  Here's 10 facts about Aloe Vera you might not have known!

#1  Ancient Egyptians called it the Plant of Immortality.

Aloe was depicted on temple walls and the tombs of pharaohs as early as 4000 BC.  In 1750 BC Aloe was described with medicinal uses on Sumerian tablets, and there are 5 references to Aloe in the bible.

#2  First Aid

Aloe has anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties that make it wonderful for healing minor burns, grazes and scrapes.  Soothes sun burns like no other.  It's the key ingredient in our Healing Burn Serum (check out our recipe here)

#3  Stimulates your skin's enzymes

Aloe encourages the enzymes in your cells to produce collagen.  Collagen gives the skin its strength and structure, and also plays a role in the replacement of dead skin cells.  Collagen production declines with age, so Aloe is fantastic for helping skin retain a youthful appearance.

#4  Contains key minerals and vitamins

Scientists have discovered over 150 nutritional ingredients in Aloe vera.  These include amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.  Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, choline, calcium, magnesium, zinc , manganese, chromium, and selenium just to name a few.

#5  Aloe absorbs quickly and penetrates several layers of skin

Most liquids only penetrate 2 layers of skin, but Aloe Vera can penetrate up to 7 layers of skin.  the ability to penetrate several layers of skin along with the superb mix of amino acids, vitamins and minerals makes Aloe an excellent addition to your skin care regimen.  

#6  Aids digestion and lowers blood sugar

Aloe vera juice or tablets taken orally (usually in small amounts like a 1 tbsp daily) have been used to relieve constipation, help diabetics lower their blood sugar, and possibly lower cholesterol.

#7  Treats Acne

Acne is caused when the oil combines with dead skin, dirt and bacteria to block the pores, causing inflammation.  The anti-bacterial properties of aloe help prevent bacteria growth, and the anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera help reduce the redness and size of existing blemishes.

#8  Reduces pain

Aloe Vera contains many enzymes, but one in particular is responsible for helping reduce pain.  Its name is kinase, and it specifically helps reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin to reduce pain. There are other enzymes in aloe that digest all of the dead tissue in your wound, leaving more space for healing.  No wonder it's so great on painful sunburns!

#9  Promotes healthy hair and scalp

Aloe vera helps promote hair growth by supporting blood flow to the hair follicles.  It can be used as a hair conditioner and added to shampoo to help prevent dandruff.

#10  It's the only houseplant I can't kill.

No seriously-- I kill every other plant, but I haven't been able to kill the Aloe Vera.  It doesn't like a lot of water, so that works great for me since I always forget to water my plants. Combined with how often I burn myself, this makes Aloe a must have in my house!  

Here are some great Moody Sister products that feature Aloe as an ingredient: