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The Inside and Out of Chlorella

The Inside and Out of Chlorella – by Jenny Lane, Founder of The Tree of Health

Chlorella Vulgaris Algae

Chlorella Vulgaris (Blue Green Algae) is a well known and popular superfood, most touted for it’s many nutritional benefits when used orally.

Perhaps lesser known about are the amazing benefits Chlorella can provide when used topically (ie; on the skin).

Grown in fresh water, particularly in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, more recently the benefits and uses of this nutrient dense food source have become much wider known.

Harvesting Chlorella

Once the culture concentration of Chlorella has reached sufficiently high levels, the whole plant is gathered, dried to a paste, crushed to a fine emerald powder, and sold in either powder, tablet, or capsule form.

External Uses for Chlorella

Used topically, Chlorella powder can be mixed with pure water to form a paste, and used as a healthy alternative to off the shelf, chemical laden antiseptic creams and lotions.  Applied to the skin as a natural first aid treatment, a Chlorella paste can treat ulcers, rashes caused by radiation treatment, scratches, insect bites, diaper rash, blisters, open sore, athletes foot, and has also been shown to be effective in treating a sexually transmitted disease called trichomoniasis.

Chlorella as a Beauty Aid

There’s simply no stopping this wonder of nature!

As a beauty application, and because of it’s ability to protect collagen and elastin, to firm and tone the skin, to regulate microcirculation and reduce the effects of ageing, you will find Chlorella in Face The World’s Hydro-Marine Mask Concentrate.  Used regularly as part of a natural facial care routine, this unique mask concentrate helps improve the health, texture and condition of the skin.

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Internal Benefits of Chlorella

Used orally as a ‘superfood’, the health benefit claims of Chlorella include:-

– stimulating the immune system

– increasing white blood cell count

– preventing colds

– slowing down the ageing process

– increasing good bacteria in the intestine

– helping in the treatment of ulcers, colitis, Crohns and diverticulitis

– improving energy

– detoxing the blood

Most notably, Chlorella has been shown to act as a great ‘chelator’ – with the ability to capture and transport toxic metals such as mercury and lead out of the body.

As a food source Chlorella is high in protein and other nutrients. When dried it’s composition is typically 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 5% fibre and 10% vitamins and minerals.

Chlorella is an awesome and easy addition to any healthy diet.  I personally prefer to purchase Chlorella in powder form, and add a scoop to my morning smoothie – it provides me with a nutrient- dense, supercharged start to my day. A word of caution.  Beware of purchasing cheap brands of Chlorella which may have been sourced from less clean environments and packed with nasty fillers.

There is no doubt that Mother Nature – clever and caring as she is – provides us with a wonderful array of plants that we can use to vastly improve our bodies both inside and out.  Chlorella is just one such example of the marvel of nature.

Author – Jenny Lane, Founder of The Tree of Health – Living Naturally for Wellness and Weightloss.

The benefits of aloe vera in skin treatment

aloe vera plant

Aloe vera is commonly known as Aloe, burn plant or lily of the desert. Early records of the use of Aloe vera appear in the Ebers Papyrus from the 16th century BC in which ancient Egyptian remedies and magical formulas are listed. Aloe vera was known as the ‘’plant of immortality’’ and was presented as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs. This species is used widely in the traditional herbal medicine of many countries. In Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe vera is called kathalai and is used as a multipurpose skin treatment.

Aloe sap

Pure aloe extract

Cleopatra massaged aloe gel into her skin as part of her daily beauty routine. Aloe was used in ancient Israel to wash and prepare the dead for burial and Egyptians used aloe in embalming. When Columbus set sail for America, he wrote in his diary ‘’All is well, aloe is on board’’. Aloe vera is still popular today and is cultivated around the world as a crop for its colourless jelly-like leaf parenchyma known as ‘’aloe gel’’. It is used for a variety of purposes in food and beverages, food supplements, herbal remedies and cosmetics.

Aloe vera contains many active ingredients which influence its therapeutic properties including vitamins A, B1,B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E, folic acid, choline, a host of minerals, amino acids and mucinous polysaccharides. It contains uronic acids which aid in detoxification, and fatty acids (natural plant steroids) which are anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Aloe contains enzymes and antraquinones which are natural pain killers and antimicrobial agents, as well as salicylic acid which is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. The presence of saponins account for its natural cleansing and antiseptic properties.

Face The World Mask and Cloths

A concentrate of aloe, lavender and chlorella (seaweed) extracts…

Aloe vera may be effective when used topically in the treatment of wounds and is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and eczema. It has been used to promote healing of first to second degree burns. Studies have shown that aloe’s antibacterial and antifungal activities may be useful in treating minor skin infections such as sunburns, boils, benign skin cysts, and tinea corporis.

View our Face The World ‘Ocean Rain’ Skin Drench Mask

Aloe vera gel is used extensively in skin products such as lotions, facial creams, cosmetics and sunblocks. It encourages skin rejuvenation due to its antioxidant properties, relieves arthritic pain, improves blood circulation and reduces scarring and itching. Aloe has a moisturising effect and has a similar pH to human skin so it can be used on sensitive skin.