When you think of summer essentials, you probably think of the popular summer items – sun protection (SPF 90, anyone?), eye protection (sunglasses), and if you have little ones you probably stock up on cartoon character bandages for all those scraped knees and elbows that accompany summer fun.
Whether you live up in Seattle or down in Miami you know that thermometer is creeping up. Summer is here, and that means shimmying into your bathing suit and getting your toes in the sand.
Aloe vera is one of the oldest mentioned plants used for health purposes, dating all the way back to the ancient Chinese and Egyptians. They used this resilient, cactus-looking plant (a hearty succulent known as the “Lily of the Desert”) for its beneficial properties. As you may remember from science class, succulents are able to retain water in poor climates or soil conditions, which makes them perfectly self-hydrating.