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Gift of mother nature


The AloŽ vera is a tropical succulent that has been used for centuries for its medicinal effect. Over 6,000 years ago the Egyptians discovered that the AloŽ vera plant was more than just a desert plant. The secret hidden deep within the leaves did therefore not remain a secret much longer and the plant was used for skin care and for embalming their Pharaohs. These days the active ingredients are used in many beauty and healthcare products. It's for a reason this plant has the nicknames: medicinal plant, miracle plant, natural healer, burn wounds plant, first aid plant, plant of immortality, etc. In other words: the pharmacy in the window sill.

Secret of the AloŽ vera

One of the mysterious secrets of the AloŽ vera is the remarkable way in which the plant heals itself: If you cut off a small piece of leaf, you can see a thin film form over the wound of the plant after a few seconds. This consists of the sap of the plant which contains a unique combination of natural healing substances. After a few minutes a rubber-like layer is formed which protects the wound of the plant and stops the loss of fluid. This characteristic can also be seen on our skin: Wounds heal quickly and usually without scarring after applying the sap of the AloŽ vera.


Effect & Applications

The gel of the AloŽ vera:

  • has a cooling effect on the skin
  • stimulates the growth of new skin cells and removes dead skin cells from the skin
  • has a fluid regulating, anti-inflammatory and infection resisting effect
  • softens irritations and reduces the swelling of the skin
  • relieves itching and pain
  • is rich in vitamins and minerals and provides the skin with nutrients

A few applications for external use are:

  • Acne/eczema or a dry rough skin
  • Small burns such as sunburn (if it is severe contact a doctor!)
  • Sports injuries
  • Insect bites
  • Scrapes and cuts

For the consumption of the AloŽ vera gel we refer you to the many AloŽ vera drinks and nutrients that are available. AloŽ vera is a natural product. However, it is not a recognised medicine and therefore not intended to replace medicines without prior consultation of a doctor.


How to use

The best method to make an AloŽ vera extract is to cut the leaves:

Cut off a piece of one of the lower leaves of the plant

Cut off the notched sides



Now cut open the leaf and remove the transparent gel from the leaf

Attention: just below the surface of the leaf is aloin, which has a yellow colour and which substance can irritate the skin. So don't cut too close to the surface of the leaf. Use only the centre, transparent part of the leaf and avoid the possibly released yellow liquid.

The transparent gel that remains is ready for use.



Apply the needed AloŽ vera gel to the place to be treated and give it time to soak in.

The gel can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. After that it will loose its effect.

A faster method is to cut open the cut-off leaf and to place it on the site that needs to be treated directly.


Care

The AloŽ vera likes semi-shadow to full sunlight. The plant can be placed in any desirable place in the house as long as it is not too dark. In the summer months the AloŽ vera can be placed outside on a terrace or balcony. Note: when you have just purchased the plant do not place it in full sunlight, but have the plant adjust in semi-shadow for a few days. The plant needs little water and can therefore do without for a long period of time. Once a month moderate watering is sufficient. If there is sufficient light and heat more water can be given. The leaves will become fuller and a larger amount of gel can then be harvested from the leaf. Do make sure the plant does not get too wet and become limp.

This AloŽ vera is not suitable for consumption. For the consumption of the AloŽ vera gel we refer you to the many AloŽ vera drinks and nutrients that are available.

Intended for decoration and not for consumption.


Born in Africa

The AloŽ vera (Bardadensis Miller) belongs to the Xanthorrhoeaceae family of plants and finds its origin in North Africa. The leaves grow in a rosette and are notched because they possess very small white thorns on the edge. The leaf is thick and fleshy, green to gray-green with white dots, in which the plant stores water to tide over the dry periods. The gray colour is the layer of wax of the plant, which provides protection so the plant can withstand drought and extreme heat. The use of the AloŽ vera plant has already been described in herbal medicine since the first century after Christ. These days the plant is cultivated on a large scale for its gel, which is frequently used for cosmetics and (alternative) medicine.

The AloŽ vera is also called the pharmacy in the window sill. See effect and application.


Environmentally friendly grown

Sustainable business practices are becoming more and more important and this is expressed in the environmentally-friendly manner in which these succulents are cultivated:
  • Minimal use of weedkillers and fertilisers.
  • 100% re-circulated water, so no draining to the outside. Water disinfected via a UV filter, so all water and fertilisers are re-used.
  • Cultivators search for disease and pests weekly, so any starting attacks on the plants are noticed almost right away and can be combated on a small scale, therefore needing less weedkiller
  • The plants are cultivated without the use of gas (zero gas) so there is no CO2 emission (zero CO2). All because the greenhouses are heated with residual heat.
All this creates extremely environmentally-friendly cultivated plants:
ďGrowing better, respecting the environmentĒ!

Pure Succulents makes use of environmentally-friendly cultivation and packaging materials as well.

Recycled cultivation pot
The plastic cultivation pot consists of 100% recycled material. In other words, the cultivation pot is made from waste products that have been re-used.

FSC
The products are packed and transported in a cardboard tray, which has received the FSC certificate of approval. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation that promotes the responsible management of the worldís forests. FSC talks of responsible forest management when the social, ecological and economical aspects of forestry are balanced. This means that for every tree that is cut down a new tree will be planted.

Pure Succulents has a number of certifications in the area of environment and durability:

MPS-A
MPS-ABC is a unique standard in the world. It works like a measure that shows to what extent a company is environmentally friendly. MPS-ABC consists of various levels: MPS-A, MPS-B and MPS-C. Pure Succulents has the MPS-A status, which stands for the most environmentally friendly business. 

MPS-GAP
Supermarkets want to purchase safe, durably cultivated, qualitatively good and traceable products. The European supermarket organisations (EUREP) have actually drawn up a number of criteria for this (GlobalGAP). The MPS-GAP certificate shows that Pure Succulents complies with these criteria.



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