EDITION: April - June '07


Lily of the Desert

Native to many Mediterranean countries, this agave-like plant is unimposing yet well-known, since it possesses special healing qualities for the human body.

Aloe Vera belongs to the family of affodiles (Asphodelaceae) which used to be associated with the category of lilies (Liliaceae), but according to new findings it is only distantly related. It looks similar to the Californian agave, which is why it is often called „Lily of the Desert“.

Already over 6000 years ago the virtues of Aloe Vera were highly cherished by the Egyptians and in many other ancient cultures it symbolised wealth and prosperity. No wonder then that this evergreen plant is known as a thousand year-old homeopathic source.

Aloe Vera is famous as a first-aid plant for many aches and pains: like for e.g. small cuts, light burns and to relieve mosquito bites. In its firm full leaves over 160 active agents can be found, like for e.g. enzymes, mineral salts, amino acids, vitamins (A, D, C, E) and digestive enzymes, which have a positive effect on the human organism.

Thanks to its excellent moisturising qualities Aloe Vera is most well known in the field of cosmetics. The pure gel permeates the third skin layer and provides the skin with a type of deep regeneration. The first layer of skin (epidermis) is protected from strong desquamation. In the second skin layer (dermis) Aloe Vera regulates the moisture content and in the third layer of skin it stimulates blood circulation. Aloe Vera thus strengthens and smoothes out skin. With regular use the skin improves and appears younger.

The gel from the Aloe Vera plant also helps a lot of skin diseases like psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, allergies, wounds and it also kills fungi and germs.

Aloe Vera also lends itself very well for internal usage. It possesses excellent regenerating properties, is purifying and detoxicating, helps to relieve intestinal and stomach problems, flatulence, constipation, rheumatism and arthritis. It strengths the body’s defences, boosts metabolism, protects from too much acidity as well as aids blood circulation.

Aloe Vera products are sold in great quantities, however you should always check for the degree of purity of the product. You can get the purest (and cheapest) Aloe Vera from the plant itself, of course. You simply separate the leaf directly at the stem and take as much gel as you need. You can keep the rest of the Aloe leaf for several weeks in the fridge.

The Aloe juice can also be produced quite easily at home: you separate the gel from the leaf, cut it into small pieces, add water, lemon juice and a little honey, put it in the mixer and already you have a tasty, healthy drink. This recipe also serves as an excellent spring cure for your body.