Soothing and cooling
Aloe is thought to be one of the oldest remedies, noted for its healing qualities. Aloe soothes itching and reduces redness; it is excellent in calming sunburn or redness caused by the cold. It softens the skin and helps to protect it.
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 sharp and serrated with white spikes; they contain a clear gel harvested for its soothing properties.
Lush work with women growers in the arid region of Laikipia, Kenya, who use permaculture principles to grow a sustainable aloe. The fresh leaves arrive in their full form and are freshly cut at the factory to extract the gel.
Lush now also buy the fresh Aloe leaves for the newly formulated Charity Pot. The leaves arrive in their full form and are freshly cut at the factory to extract the gel. Recent funds from SLush have gone to invest in fencing to protect the aloe from being trampled on by wild elephants and camels, an aloe nursery, a watering system and farming equipment. Through our partnership with Maasai permaculturist Joseph Lentunyoi and Laikipia Permaculture Centre, we are working with the women on introducing nutritious plants to the arid land, for both the sustainability of the land and for food.