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Say Aloe to Vera
Member Name: victorias_books
Advantages: Moisturises dry skin and lips, inexpensive, pleasant smell
Disadvantages: May not be as effective against all ailments
I first began to notice Aloe Vera infiltrating the health products market about ten years ago, and very quickly it seemed to be available everywhere in a variety of incarnations. I have used several products containing the plant, but most often I use Vaseline lip therapy with added Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera is a succulent that is endemic to arid climates. It has long, spiky leaves and is just the sort of plant you can imagine occupying a sweltering, lonely landscape. Aloe Vera is said to aid, among others:
- Muscular conditions
- Digestion problems
There are many different types of Aloe Vera plant, but it is the Barbadensis Miller variety that is said to possess these miracle qualities, and more especially, the gel-like substance that is extracted from its leaves. Its effectiveness is said to be owed to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and the presence of magnesium lactate - an itch inhibitor - within its chemical make up. It is also said that the plant dilates capillaries to improve blood circulation and also support cell growth. An extract of Aloe Vera, Carrisyn has been shown in studies to stimulate the production of cells that fight infection, and subsequently increase the strength of the body's immune system. So many studies have been performed on the plant, however, that it seems to be able to aid any ailment imaginable, and its impact on the health market has been astounding.
Aloe Vera has a great many manifestations. It is available as a drinkable gel, a lotion, a spray, a supplement, a cream and is even used in cooking. As mentioned previously, I mostly use aloe vera in the Vaseline lip therapy I have used Vaseline lip therapy products for many years now, as my lips tend to become dry and sore unless they are being moisturised. I have tried most of the Vaseline lip therapy products, but it is the Aloe Vera one that is my favourite. The smell is very fresh and clean, and as aloe vera is known for its soothing and moisturising properties, it is ideal in this product. I use a slick of the balm when getting ready in the morning, and apply a thick layer before going to bed at night. The product is extraordinary in its ability to replenish moisture in my lips. Even when my lips are very red and sore, after a few hours of having the balm on them they feel almost normal again, and when the product has disappeared completely (which usually takes at least four hours) my lips feel beautifully supple and soft.
Like all herbal remedies that claim to aid a wide array of ailments, I doubt their effectiveness. I cannot comment on aloe vera's effectiveness against the likes of heartburn, muscular conditions and the like, but I do know that incorporated into a lip balm the plant is both moisturising and invigorating to the senses. When I am wearing the balm it also seems to make my lips tingle slightly, which is a not unpleasant sensation. In the past I have used an aloe vera body cream, which was similarly effective in restoring moisture to my skin. Vaseline Aloe Vera Lip Therapy is available in a 20g container for between 80p - £1.30. Using it twice a day, one jar will last me in excess of four months. This is a great product, and for the skin at least, aloe vera is a very effective remedy.
Summary: Maybe the miracle plant?
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