Aloe, The Plant of Immortality
Ancient Egyptians called Aloe Vera "the plant of immortality" for its healing abilities. This amazing succulent is one of the oldest known medicinal plants and is used to treat skin conditions from sunburns, dermatitis, skin hydration, to acne.
Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) is the green spined succulent that thrives in tropical landscapes but can happily live in your home as well. Popularly known as a sunburn remedy, aloe vera is so much more. Aloe vera is full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and salicylic acid. It is used both internally and externally to soothe and cool.
Aloe Vera Benefits for Your Hair
Well known for its benefits to skin, it also has powerful properties when applied to your hair and scalp, like hair hydration and as a remedy for hair loss. That's why it's the number one ingredient in our Cleanse Shampoo and Hydrate Conditioner as well as our Sea Salt Hair Sprays. For hair, aloe hydrates and adds shine, helps prevent dandruff, adds subtle holding power and soothes the scalp.
Aloe also makes your hair stronger, shinier and promotes hair growth with Vitamins A, C and E. So while you're washing your hair or spritzing for beachy waves, you're also treating your hair to a nourishing bath.
Native Americans revered Aloe for its healing properties and called it "the wand of heaven." It has been used by cultures across the globe for healing for at least 6,000 years. Wounds and burns heal faster when aloe is applied due to its potent antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory compounds. It is also an amazing ingredient to help with eczema, diaper rash, and rashes.
Aloe is a botanical ally that doesn't need any assistance. While it is great mixed with other botanicals it also shines on its own. Straight from the plant you have an ingredient ready to use that is healing, cooling, and nourishing for skin, hair, and for internal use. You can use aloe directly on skin and hair for an instant treat for hydration. Especially in warmer months, it is great to put a layer of aloe on thirsty skin at the end of the day. And aloe can be applied directly to hair and massaged into roots to nourish hair and add shine.
Shop our Sea Salt Hair Spray, made with organic aloe vera.
American Grown Organic Aloe
While Aloe is native to North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands, it now thrives across the globe in tropical and desert climates. In the United States, Aloe spreads naturally and is grown for commercial use in states including Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California.
At Captain Blankenship, the sourcing of our ingredients is of the utmost importance. Our founder, Jana Blankenship personally sources ingredients that benefit our environment and the people who produce them, making sure that the production of our products does the most good possible.
Our aloe is unique in that it is grown and harvested in the United States, specifically from a 300 acre organic family farm in California. The aloe is grown with minimal irrigation, is certified organic, everything is harvested by hand.
How to Harvest Aloe from Your Home Plant
If you have an aloe plant, you have a scalp treatment, hair mask or leave-in conditioner at your fingertips.
1- Cut the outer leaf from your Aloe plant.
2- Position on the edge of a bowl and let the aloin drip for an hour.
3- Rinse the leaf under cold water.
4- Slice the spiny outer edges on both sides, then full remove the top layer of the aloe leaf.
5- Scoop out the cool refreshing gel. Now your aloe is ready to use!!
Aloe has amazing properties for scalp and hair health, that's why it's a main ingredient in our Cleanse Shampoo & Hydrate Conditioner and our Sea Salt Hair Sprays.
See our tutorial on our Instagram reels here.