How Is Aloe Vera Powder Obtained?
Aloe vera is actually one of 420 species of the aloe plant. It is a low-maintenance plant that can be grown in Southwestern U.S, Mexico, Central America, and Southeast Asia. The aloe vera plant is composed of three main parts: the hardy green leaf, and the gel and juice held within the leaf. Aloe vera gel is the most commonly known component of aloe vera because it offers so many healing properties. The juice, on the other hand, has a bitter taste and acts like a laxative in high quantities.
Aloe vera powder is obtained when the gel is rinsed to remove remnants of the juice, dehydrated, and ground into a fine powder. This makes the powder very concentrated, like Aromatic Ingredient’s aloe vera powder with a 200:1 concentration. Only a small amount of aloe vera powder is needed to make a big impact.
What Are the Properties of Aloe Vera Powder?
The healing properties of aloe vera are legendary and have been used since ancient times. An Egyptian text from 1550 BC describes aloe vera’s internal and external medicinal purposes, and it was first mentioned in the English language in 1655. By 1830, the U.S Pharmacopeia suggested that aloe be used to protect the skin, and today it has gained prominence as a superfood and healing tonic.
In fact, aloe vera is composed of 75 active components like vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that fight disease and support the body’s overall wellness. On a cosmetic level, aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities can help to alleviate skin ailments like psoriasis, itchy rashes, sunburn, and dryness. The polysaccharides found in aloe vera gel and powder even encourage regeneration of skin tissue.
How Can Aloe Vera Powder Be Used to Develop Cosmetics?
When aloe vera powder is dissolved into water, it creates a solution that can be easily added to cosmetic formulas, but the concentrated nature of the powder makes it possible to add directly into formulations at very low doses. A mere 1 percent addition of aloe vera powder to a product, which equates to about 1 gram, creates the same potency as pure aloe juice squeezed from a fresh plant. Since aloe powder has a considerably longer shelf life than aloe vera gel, it is easier to maintain.
Aloe vera’s versatile nature and many beneficial properties makes it a valuable addition to most cosmetics and self-care products. Toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitiser, skin salve, face scrub, and makeup are just a few of the most popular uses for aloe vera powder. Aloe’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent oral health tool, it has both soothing and hydrating properties to revive dull hair and help relieve dandruff. When blended with essential oils, witch hazel, and other natural ingredients, aloe can act as a powerful remedy within most topical products.