INGREDIENT

Fresh Aloe Gel

Aloe secundiflora

Soothing and cooling
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Products with this ingredient

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.

Description

Description

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. 

 

 

Fresh Aloe Gel can be found in these products
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Products with this ingredient
Fresh Aloe Gel can be found in these products
Hand & Body Lotion
Deeply giving
£13.95
240g
Gone, not forgotten
Parsley Porridge Soap
Soap
Allo Vera!
£5.40
120g
parsley porridge soap
Soap
Good green fun
£5.70
120g
Limited Edition
charity pot naked body lotion
Naked Body Lotion
Spread the love
£9.95
Each

FEATURED

Fresh aloe leaves from Laikipia, Kenya

We buy the fresh aloe vera leaves we use in our newly formulated Charity Pot from six Maasai Women’s Aloe Groups, part of the Kenya Permaculture Centre.

The Maasai people of Kenya are pastoralist. Cattle rearing is their main source of income and is traditionally done by men. During times of drought, the men move from one place to another in order to find suitable pastures for their cattle whilst the women and children remain at home. Due to the harsh realities they face, Maasai women group together for support, creating powerful and caring relationships with one another. They spend their days creating beautiful beadwork and burning wood for charcoal to sell for food.

The region of Laikipia is very arid due to deforestation and consequently extreme soil erosion. There is now realisation amongst the women that the cutting of trees is fuelling increased soil degradation and consequently crop failures. When the threat of starvation looms, due to extreme drought and therefore no vegetables being available, their diet consists of sour milk and blood from cattle. Life expectancy for the women averages 45 years.

This situation inspired the women to create an alternative source of income and food security. This is how The Nabulu Women’s Aloe Group was initiated. This is one of six Aloe groups which the SLush Fund is supporting in Laikipia.

The Nabulu (meaning ‘to grow’) Women’s Group is formed of twenty Maasai women between the ages of 25 and 40. The women meet twice a week and learn to read, write and speak Kiswahili. This gives them the opportunity to grow as a group and as individuals, gaining strength and courage to create a shared sustainable livelihood. During this time, they experimented with creating Aloe based cosmetics, selling them at the local market.

Aloe Laikipia

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. 

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.