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ALOES

From June through to August the Eastern Cape’s aloes are in full display.  These beautiful plants burst forth in a brilliance of colour during the long dry months of winter enhancing the complexion of the surrounding landscape.  The aloes found at Umngazi are commonly known as Aloe Ferox (Bitter Aloe).

Not only do these plants produce positively breathtaking flowers they also pack a lot of benefits in their skinny little leafs. Refreshing, cleansing, healing, invigorating and detoxifying, aloe vera can make a great addition to your home life and improve your health.

 

Preventing Illness

Aloe Vera plants contain surprisingly high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals (highly unstable, reactive molecules responsible for aging and cellular damage) in your body, neutralizing them and preventing those cells from exacerbating into diseases such as cancer.

 

Aids In Digestion

Aloe Vera contains eight specific enzymes that do miracles for digestion.

 

Contains Essential Amino Acids

Did you know that aloe vera contains 19 of the 20 natural amino acids required by the human body?

 

Aids In Glowing Skin

We have all heard of the miracles of “mineral makeup” by now, but you probably never would have thought that aloe contains 10 of the most important minerals for your skin {and it’s much cheaper than mineral makeup!}.

 

Helps Cure Acne

As previously mentioned, aloe contains an array of minerals, one of which is zinc. Zinc us often found in many natural vitamins and skin care products for improving blemishes.

 

Reduces Pain

Aloe Vera contains many enzymes (proteins), 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 as well that digest all of the dead tissue in your wound, leaving more space for healing, but kinase is the most well known.

 

Hair Growth

Aloe Vera activates new hair growth along with the growth of already existing hair follicles by increasing the blood circulation to the scalp.

Reference: www.lifehack.org

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