Weekly tips to bring island-inspired wellness into your everyday life from Rosalie Bay Resort wellness coordinator Laura Lund.
You may know aloe from soothing a sun burn, but there are a lot more health benefits to this plant. There are actually more than 500 species of the aloe genus. The succulent, flowering aloe vera is referred to as “true aloe” and is the most recognized. Aloe is native to Africa and also known as “lily of the desert” and “plant of immortality.”
Studies of aloe are inconclusive; however, the fresh leaves have been used throughout history to treat wounds and relieve constipation. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and rich in vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
Aloe is extremely versatile, healing both the skin and internal systems. It is used in many skin products to soothe inflammation and help the skin regenerate healthy tissue. According to Mike Adams the Health Ranger, aloe is also capable of stopping the growth of cancer cells, lowering cholesterol, protecting the body from oxidative stress, eliminating digestive problems and alkalizing the body, stabilizing blood sugar, accelerating healing as well as healing the kidneys and preventing kidney stones.
Natural healers consider it essential to any first aid kit in its natural plant form. This is great news for you as aloe plants are easy to keep alive as a houseplant even if you don’t live in the desert or tropics.
While you’re at Rosalie Bay Resort, benefit from aloe’s healing properties with a facial at our Dominica resort spa where aloe is used to cleanse, exfoliate, mask or moisturize the skin.