Mother Nature’s Gift

Up until the 19th century Aloe vera still one of the most popular over-the-counter remedies until it was pushed into the darkness by conventional medicines, and herbal medicine spiralled in decline. Thanks to recent research and case studies, Aloe is back in its full glory

When we find something amazing, human tendency is to either hide it away to covet it just for ourselves or to shout it from the roof tops and share its beauty so that all may reap its rewards. Aloe Vera has been the victim of both. So let’s get to the root of the matter and explore what has been dubbed the Medicine Plant.

Queen Nefertiti

A rich past

The aloe plant was left to wilt in the dark for many a decade after its initial heyday when it was used by the Egyptians in their renowned beauty regimes and in their mummification rituals. Right up until the 18th and 19th century it was still one of the most popular over-the-counter remedies until, more recently, it was pushed into the darkness by conventional medicines, i.e. more “orthodox” options. Mainstream pill-popping took over as herbal medicine spiralled in decline.

But did Aloe really ever go? It uses are so vast and the people who use it are so diverse, there was no chance of keeping this wondrous plant out of the light for long. It never really disappeared… it is too powerful for that!

Weird and wonderful uses

1. To ward off evil
Aloe vera is used to give spiritual baths to block and ward off evil spirits. This method is  observed in many spiritual belief systems across the world. The common consensus is that Aloe vera has the ability to block evil spirits.

2. To prolong beauty
This use should come as no surprise no wonder it is so powerful considering the ancient civilization of Egypt used it to preserves the integrity of the physical body during life and death. It keeps the skin looking fresh for the living. It contains properties that maintains the collagen of the skin and prevents the elasticity from becoming loose. It was one of the ingredients in embalming fluid.

3. Re-calibrate our frequency system
Thank to its electrolytic properties it helps the cells that are experiencing blockages or that are not communicating with each other. This is because the plant contains electrolyte minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium, which support important physiological processes resulting from our nervous and cardiac systems.

aloe vera

Aside from its use in spiritual and mummification rituals, there are real facts to support this miracle plant’s health benefits: (source PubMed)

  1. Helps Constipation
  2. Helps Burns, Scars, Cuts and Hair
  3. Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  4. Improves Digestion and Detoxifies the Body
  5. Aloe Vera is Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal and Anti-viral
  6. Aloe Vera is an Adaptogen
  7. Helps the Immune System
  8. Improves Circulation and Cardiovascular Health
  9. Protects the Kidneys
  10. Helps against Diabetes
  11. Helps with Weight Loss
  12. Helps With Candida Overgrowth
  13. Slows the Growth of Cancer Tumors
  14. Increases Energy Levels
  15. Helps against Ulcers, Crohn’s Disease and IBS (Irritable Bowel Sydrome)

Yes it is a long list! And it is not exhaustive.  Thanks to recent research and case studies, Aloe is back in its full glory; it is even growing in importance in the mainstream medical branch with its inclusion in a CAM report, which examines alternative and complementary medicine and determines how providers of such therapies and remedies, such as herbal medicine, can be regulated.

The Aloe plant has a rich and varied past, and I believe it is set to have an equally fruitful future.

If you are interested in finding out more or sampling some products, visit the Forever Living Products site where you can be assured of sustainably grown plants, and start your journey to good health today.

The natural way to succeed

To be successful both in business and saving the planet is downright impressive. Susie Ma Founder of Tropic has created a range that is ethical, sustainable, leaves skin feeling silky smooth and completely natural. Find out more about this amazing entrepreneur.

If the products you use to look after your skin make you feel good, help to look after our planet and are a pleasure to use then you’re on to a real winner.

Susie Ma Founder of Tropic skincare products managed to create just this and is without doubt an inspirational lady. She has created a range that is ethical, sustainable, leaves skin feeling silky smooth and completely natural.

Susie Ma Tropic Skincare
Susie Ma – Love for nature

To be successful both in business and ethics and looking after the planet is downright impressive. Not to mention the speed in which this remarkable entrepreneur has manged to enter the Forbes Under 30 list!! From humble beginnings in 2010 to a fabulous launch in 2013. #greenbeautyrevolution

Tropic Ambassador
Tropic Ambassador Jennifer Wheelan

It was thanks to a lady called Jennifer Wheelan that  I discovered this amazing story and can now have endless fun with my daily cleansing and moisturising routine – so I am just doing my good deed and passing on the great news. Jennifer offered a whole range of amazing beauty and cleansing products:

The Good for you Tropic products were my favourite, but there were also Kushboo soap bars that are are individually handcrafted, engraved and hand wrapped. Kushboo soaps are 100% natural and do not contain SLSs, parabens or other chemicals. They use only the finest ethically sourced natural plant based ingredients. Their soaps contain natural fragrances using pure essential oils, and look good enough to eat!

 

And I must not forget Susie Ma’s magic balm!

Healing balm
Tamanu Healing balm

The multipurpose Tamanu Healing Balm helps to repair scarred and damaged skin or just give your dry hands much needed moisture that lasts the whole day.

Go on! Brighten up your skincare range… naturally!

 

Floral Town of the North

Our streets are paved with petals.

Standing barefoot on the grass in the middle of the stray in the spring surrounded by a sea of crocuses, you are swept away on a breeze ease, freedom and vitality. Against the backdrop of Georgian buildings, you always feel lucky to live in a town like Harrogate. Its amazing floral arrangement are the perfect example of kintalini in action: creating a balanced, vibrant habitat that feed the mind and soul. Such picturesque surroundings are not haphazard, they are the result of careful deliberations and voluntary work to making our town a beautiful place to live in. Many local groups and shop owners work with Harrogate in Bloom and Harrogate Borough Council to make this possible.

A sea of crocuses on the Stray
A sea of crocuses on the Stray Park in Harrogate

Harrogate Borough Council does not just predicate wellness through a balanced habitat, its actions reflect this in many ways: great schools, tidy town, lots of green areas, clean buildings…. but one of the most obvious and visual ways is its support for the Harrogate in Bloom project.

Many of you may well be aware of the In Bloom competitions around the country. They improve our surrounding aesthetics, give people a sense of wellbeing and increase biodiversity, but its more than just pretty flowers.

It is more than just pretty flowers

The In Bloom criteria are looking for responsibility towards the environment and community participation – two boxes that Harrogate’s team ticks. RHS Britain in Bloom judges stated: ‘Harrogate demonstrated that it is still a flawless green town and now works closely with a range of volunteers to ensure that it’s reputation is maintained.’

harrogate flowers
Flowers everywhere you go

The council’s parks and open spaces staff, and Harrogate in Bloom, have worked with award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, to design and plant areas in public places that will increase biodiversity and create improved habitats for wildlife. The Nectar Bar planting is particularly attractive to bees and other pollinating insects, including moths.

Living in harmony is the key to wellness.

Surrounded by nature

We are lucky to have the Stray and Valley Gardens, and to have the added bonus of woodlands and meadows just 5 minutes away makes us downright lucky!

Release your inner woodland fairy
Release your inner woodland fairy

 

It is essential for your inner harmony to keep in touch with nature, to stay grounded and fueled by the beauty it offers away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.