Aloe is thought to be one of the oldest remedies noted for its healing qualities. It soothes and hydrates the skin and the cooling sensation you get when applying it topically is calming for sunburn. It is also antibacterial and leaves the skin very soft.
Aloe secundiflora is a desert plant that belongs to the lily family. It grows well in dry soils and is native to East and South Africa. The fleshy leaves are covered with white dots when the plant is still young, which then disappear with time, becoming long, green, serrated, and filled with a colourless gel.
Lush buy Aloe secundiflora leaves from Maasai women's groups in Laikipia, Kenya. In a landscape prone to drought, both grazing livestock and growing crops has become difficult, but aloe copes perfectly with the conditions as it is indigenous to the land. With support from the Laikipia Permaculture Centre, the women's groups are putting environmental regeneration into action, whilst making a living from selling aloe.
The leaves are shipped to the Lush factory whole and are freshly cut to extract the gel.