The humble almond has powerful antioxidant and moisturizing properties. In the Victorian era, ladies would pin a sprig of almond blossom to their blouse to represent hope. In China, the almond is a symbol of both beauty and sadness. Greeks additionally used almonds for interpreting a dream. If you see sweet almonds in your night visions, it means upcoming travel filled with prosperity. In the Bible, the almond signifies the goods of life. The almond tree itself signifies a perception of interior truth from which good and truth blossom (Jeremiah 1:11, 12; Numbers 17:8). With all these wonderful connotations of almonds and almonds trees why wouldn’t you want to anoint your body with this sweet oil?
Wait a minute… What’s that floating in my drink? People have been consuming the pulpy solids of the Aloe vera plant and the sweet nectar of the juice for a very long time now. This is not a new science. Various documents including Pliny the Elder’s Natural History and the Ebers Papyrus from the 16th Century BC mention using Aloe vera for health purposes. (Source) The juice itself has a leaf pulp that is rich in a wide variety of nutrients that are beneficial for the skin, but are also helpful for internal healing as well. Part of the benefits of Aloe Vera juice are attributed to its high concentrations of saponin, which can act as an anti-microbial agent.