The aloe vera in Gran Canaria and throughout the Canary Islands is quite common. It has been adapted very well to the template climate of the Islands. Moreover, this plant brings extraordinary benefits and the Canarian citizens have taken advantage of it. Although the plant is not native to the island, it has lived with us for hundreds of years. In fact, it is included in some writings that when Christopher Columbus sailed from Gran Canaria towards his adventure in which he discovered America, his ship carried aloe from the island. He said he was taking a potted medicine. Our elders have always used it for skin problems. And today we continue to use it for all the benefits it brings. Do not worry, we’ll tell you everything next.
Aloe vera benefits and medicinal properties
The aloe gel or juice is usually applied mainly on the skin when it needs help for regeneration. Either by a sunburn, with fire, insect bites, dermatitis, acne, psoriasis … The pure aloe vera is a cellular regenerator that will help the skin to return to its natural state before. Why? Because the aloe penetrates up to the third layer of the skin and not only superficially. Therefore, with its use you will avoid the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
Aloe gel is usually used for cutaneous use. On the other hand, the juice as a rinse and for the hair (problems with the scalp). In addition, its juice is recommended to take in the morning fasting. One or two tablespoons and it will act as a good detox. Moreover, it will help you normalize digestive transit.
Visit a farm of aloe vera in Gran Canaria
The entrance to the farm and demonstration of its expert guides is completely free. As you may see, just to appreciate the beauty of the landscape is worth it.
Demonstration during the visit
During the visit to the Aloe Vera Canarian Farm you will be shown that aloe contains a yellowish liquid called aloin. The aloin must be extracted by cleaning the leaf well in water, since it has laxative properties. The water where the leaf is cleaned with the remains of aloin, serves the farm as an ecological pesticide for its plantations.
Once the leaf is cleaned, its sides are split and opened in the middle to show the juice contained in the aloe.
As you can see, the visit to the farm is not only worth it for the landscape. There are qualified staff who will explain to you in Spanish, Italian, English, German, Russian, French and Dutch everything you want to know about this medicinal plant.
Aloe shop and online shop
Next to the farm there is a shop with a wide range of products made from that aloe vera. Organic aloe vera grown in the Canary Islands. In any case, if you are reading us from another part of the world, you should know that you can also buy online through their website. It is also a way to check the prices of your desired products before visiting.
As you can imagine, there are all kinds of cosmetic products made with natural aloe vera. Its star products are gel and juice with 99.7% aloe vera. However, they also have lipsticks, sunscreens, moisturizers, travel sets … You can even take your own plant home.
We hope that this approach to the Aloe Vera Canary Farm encourages you to visit it and discover more about the Canarian customs. Also, you can take the opportunity to visit the villages of Arteara and Fataga, which are two steps away!