How do I know that Aloe Vera products in the shop are as effective as the pure gel?
Aloe Vera only works when it is processed in the right way. That means: – the gel must be extracted without heating or adding any chemical substances – the gel should be processed within four hours to prevent degradation – the gel must be used in its pure (non dried) form – a minimum of stabilizing agents has to be used to maintain the beneficial qualities. Many Aloe Vera products are essentially made from dried Aloe Vera (powder), diluted with water. This is easy to expose using this ‘trick’: just put a little bit of gel on a saucer and place it in the sun. After a while, pure Aloe Vera gel will discolor, because several working ingredients in the gel react with sunlight. Powder-based gel, on the other hand, will not discolor, because these active ingredients are mostly filtered out. This is also the reason why Onima Aloe Vera products should be kept away from the sun.