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Since 2001, at Lanzaloe we have been producing cosmetics and drinkable juice from the processing of Aloe Vera leaves, using raw materials grown on our own farm. This agro-industrial activity generates organic waste that must be responsibly managed to reduce its impact on the environment.
At Lanzaloe we have implemented composting and worm farming biotechnologies to efficiently transform all your organic waste and obtain useful by-products within the framework of 100% ecological production. The plant residues generated during all the activities of the nursery and maintenance of the Aloe vera plots located in Órzola reach up to 1.2 m3 per week; another 1.8 m3 of residues also result from the processing of the leaves in the technological facilities of Playa Honda, Lanzarote for the extraction of the pulp and obtaining our precious pure and fresh Aloe vera gel with all the nutraceutical properties that have been discovered worldwide.
Since the declaration by the WHO of the state of health emergency caused by the new coronavirus, products such as hydroalcoholic gel have disappeared from the shelves and counters of all pharmacies and parapharmacies in an extremely short time.
But... why is this product so in demand? The hydroalcoholic gel is an antiseptic disinfectant used as an alternative to soap and quickly and effectively disintegrates all types of viruses and bacteria that are primarily found on our hands. The advantage that this gel provides with respect to the habitual use of water and soap is its fast action, which is especially useful for health workers in a hospital, pharmacists or any other person who works in direct contact with people at risk.
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus a global health emergency. At this time, no vaccine can protect you from the virus family, but tests for a vaccine are underway. A sneeze, cough or handshake can cause exposure to the virus.
Although almost every tip insists on washing your hands to protect yourself from COVID-19, how do you know you are doing it correctly? Here's how to keep your hands free from germs.
How to wash your hands properly?
The best way to wash your hands is to rub them with soap and water for at least 20 to 30 seconds. Antiseptic soap is not required for routine hand hygiene. Using any good quality soap with water can work perfectly. The virus has a lipid envelope that is very soluble in soap and water, so a good hand wash has the power to neutralize the virus by destroying the typical protein "crown" that serves to cling and anchor itself to the mucous membranes.
How often should we wash our hands?
You may be tempted to wash your hands more often than you need to, but if you wash them too much, your hands will dry out and crack. You don't have to be obsessive-compulsive to keep your hands free of germs. Going to the bathroom, using public transportation, and touching things with germs on them like doorknobs or money are all situations that encourage hand washing. Be sure to wash your hands when you get home or if you touch anything visibly wet or dirty.
Aloe vera is a plant with magnificent properties and is used primarily to prevent or treat skin problems.
However, the flowers of Aloe vera have been kept in the shade of this plant, and its properties and benefits are of interest to the human body.
When does an Aloe vera flower?
For the Aloe vera plant to start flowering it must develop its internal tissues well: a stem in the form of a rhizome with a cauline apex, from which new leaves are generated and a group of cells differentiate to form the inflorescence. This condition is reached by the plant between two and three years of age, counted from the moment that the offspring is formed in the mother plant.
In the northern hemisphere, the flowering of Aloe vera is determined by the photoperiod and the temperature, the beginning of the formation of flower buds being stimulated when the hours of sunlight decrease and the temperature drops. This can mean that it blooms mainly in winter, but what happens is that the flower bud is formed in winter, it grows slowly and when it is visible in the form of a bunch of yellow flowers, then spring is close. All this means that the flowering of Aloe vera is visible in the northern hemisphere from December to May, some plants lagging behind may even flower later.
Aloe vera is a very resistant and easy to care for plant. If you have an Aloe vera at home and you want to see it grow to take advantage of its leaves, here are a few simple steps to follow in order to transplant it into a new pot.
1. Wait until the plant is about 30cm high.
2. Choose a medium sized pot (20 litres).
3. Place mountain or river stones at the bottom of the pot to facilitate drainage.
4. Prepare the mixture:
- 1/3 of soil or substrate, 1/3 of fertilizer, compost or humus and 1/3 of fine sand or jable.
- We mix all the ingredients with water.
5. Add the mixture to the pot.
6. Place the Aloe vera in the center of the pot and fill it with the mixture until it covers its roots. In the case that it is a plant that has been pulled out of its mother, we must disinfect the roots with a solution of oxygenated water (1 part product and 9 parts water).
7. For ornamentation and to maintain humidity we can add picón on the surface.
8. Aloe vera does not need much water, we can water the plant every 10-15 days 2-3 glasses of water after checking that the soil is not already wet.
Eczema is a common skin condition characterized by spots that itch and inflame the skin.
It is often seen in infants and young children, appearing on their faces. But eczema can occur in a variety of types in children, adolescents, and adults.
When people refer to eczema, they usually mean atopic dermatitis, which is characterized by dry, itchy skin that often appears with a red rash. This is the most common and chronic type of eczema.
Types of eczema:
Contact dermatitis is caused by contact with irritants. Burns, itching, and redness occur. The inflammation disappears when the irritant is removed.
Dysidrotic dermatitis affects the fingers, palms, and soles. It causes itching, scaly patches of skin that are flaky or become red, cracked, and painful. The condition is more common in women.
Nummular dermatitis causes dry, round patches of skin in the winter months. It usually affects the legs. It is more common in men.
Seborrheic dermatitis causes red, scaly, itchy rashes, particularly on the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, sides of the nose, and behind the ears.
The main symptom of eczema is itchy, dry, rough, scaly, swollen, and irritated skin. It can flare up, fade, and then flare up again.
How can Aloe Vera help?
Did you know that your skin also needs specific care before and after a workout?
When we sweat, our pores open, we eliminate toxins and our skin dehydrates, so we need to take measures to return it to its original state. That's why, if you usually practice sport, the best thing to do is to follow the tips below to keep your skin in perfect condition.
Benefits for the skin when working out
1. Sweating helps eliminate toxins: When you exercise you sweat, a natural way to cleanse the skin by expelling accumulated toxins. As body temperature rises, pores dilate and exude the dirt and dead cells contained in the skin of the face and body. In this way we also contribute to relieve and prevent the appearance of acne.
2. Stimulates blood circulation: The improvement of blood circulation leads to the prevention of varicose veins and the appearance of spider veins that disfigure the skin and can be a symptom of a cardiovascular problem. In addition, during exercise we burn fat from our body, and after practicing it, (especially if it is intense) the body continues to burn fat for hours, so if we combine it with a good anti-cellulite or reducer, we will enhance its effect.
3. Combats stress: When we work out, the body releases endorphins. This helps to fight stress that damages the skin, as it is considered one of the causes of acne, bags and dark circles under the eyes caused by lack of sleep and rest, among other things.
4. Muscle strengthening: Exercise builds up the muscles, tones them up and increases the muscle mass, so that they support the skin better and the skin remains firmer, smoother and more elastic, better combating the loss of elasticity and firmness brought on by age.
5. Improves skin appearance: It has been proven that exercise improves the immune system, activates the intestinal transit, contributes to the elimination of liquids and decreases the secretion of insulin, which, according to some studies, fights the destruction of collagen that occurs when these levels are high. All of this has a direct impact on a person's physical wellbeing, which is directly related to the good appearance of their skin.
Aloe vera toxin cleansing has been widely accepted by doctors as the most natural way to cleanse our bodies.
This type of detoxification helps organs, such as the colon and liver, to relieve their workload to fight harmful chemicals that enter our bodies.
Aloe's history of being used as a healing and medicinal plant paved the way for the discovery of alternative medicines used today.
Commercial products containing Aloe Vera are based on the traditional use of this plant that has been studied for a long time. Because of these health benefits, Aloe vera is now an attractive component to improve digestion, detoxify your body, treat skin conditions and can also be consumed as a healthy dietary supplement when used correctly.
Aloe vera Detoxification Components
- Add minerals to your diet: Aloe vera contains copper, calcium, chromium, magnesium, iron, selenium, sodium, potassium, manganese, zinc and much more. These minerals help improve the metabolic pathway of enzymes and increase enzymatic activity that ensures detoxification of your body's metabolic waste.
- It contains the necessary enzymes, such as amylase and lipase, that help break down fats and sugars. These enzymes act as a support for better digestion.
- It contains B12 which helps in the production of red blood cells.
- It is a source of vitamins A, C, E that fight free radicals and vitamins B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6 and choline that are needed for the metabolism of amino acids.
- Our body also needs polysaccharides. Aloe vera also contains approximately 200 aloe mucilaginous polysaccharides (AMP), a long chain of sugar molecules made from individual glucose and sugar molecules and mannose. These molecules also act as anti-inflammatory agents and also have an antibacterial and antiviral property that helps improve the functions of your immune system.
The Three Wise Men from the East came to Jerusalem asking about the birth of the baby Jesus. As an offering, they brought him; gold, incense and myrrh. These three gifts represented Jesus' power as a king and as a god, but also his mortality.
Today, we can find these offerings within the world of cosmetics thanks to studies that demonstrate their benefits for the skin and health. Want to know more? Keep reading.
Since ancient times, gold and skin have maintained privileged links.
In ancient times, it was said that Cleopatra had a mask made of pure gold made to be worn while she slept and kept young.
It was also said that Elizabeth Taylor used creams with pure 24-carat gold to eliminate wrinkles and beautify her face; likewise, doctors at the imperial court used gold leaf that was pulverized and sprinkled on the skin to nourish and revitalize it.
Nowadays, cosmetology has appropriated this pure mineral due to its great virtues.
At present, there are more than 500 different species of Aloe, with very different sizes and aspects.
Aloe vera is undoubtedly one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, being used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.
However, in view of the large number of Aloe species, it is surprising that little research has been done to reveal the commercial potential of other Aloe species. In fact, Aloe arborescens Mill. was used to treat nuclear radiation burns from the atomic bomb explosion on Hiroshima during World War II, and is currently under commercial development in Japan and Italy as a possible alternative source of gel products.
Some Aloe species are very popular indoor plants because they are versatile and able to thrive indoors without much care. This is beneficial because living plants like aloe can improve air quality and help promote a healthier indoor environment.
In this article we will explain some of the ways in which 12 species of Aloe can benefit health or our environment.