The Difference between Aloe Vera and Blue Agave
Aloe and Agave are very divergent yet unique juicy plants with a lot of uses. Succulent and from different genera, they’re found in different areas of the globe and adapted to the most arid and dry climates. Aloe and Agave are so alike in appearance that you will be forgiven if you mistook one for the other.
While agave is natively Mexican and Agavaceae in terms of family, aloe is from the Aloaceae family of the lily tree and native in areas of Arabia and Africa. In the United States, agave is found in western and southern U.S. as well as in tropical South and Central America.
Aloes leaves appear fleshy and give out their famous gel while agave is highly fibrous. Agave has water stored in its unique leaves and also contains some fibers. Unlike aloe, four main areas of the agave are used in various areas.
The agave flowers are used in salads considering they’re edible. Agave leaves contain a unique healthy sap that can be eaten. Its flowers are also roasted just before flowering, in the process exuding a unique flavor that’s sweet like molasses. The sap has been used as a sweetener for a long time including in the making of tequila.
One of the most distinct differences between agave and aloe is the lifespan. Agave lives for over a century after which the plant blooms before dying. Aloe only survives a couple of years and hardly blooms.
In contrast with aloe, agave is much bigger. As such, agave’s has a lot of vitamins, minerals and polysaccharides. This has made it one of the highly used plants for hundreds of years. Agave was mixed by the Aztecs with salt for the treatment of wounds and infections due its unique healing salve closely resembling that of aloe; this kept the skin hydrated and rejuvenated.
It also leaves the skin with natural antioxidants to protect it from the surroundings. As a result, agave is used in beauty and natural health to create the most organic deluxe skincare products.
Aloe is also used for medicinal purposes mostly and hardly extends beyond that. Agave is not only used for medicinal purposes, but also considered the best sweetener for those living with diabetes. It’s considered to be much better than honey and refined sugar due to its low value within the glycemic index.
Studies have also confirmed agave has remedial properties. Once applied on the human skin, its nectar is effective against bacteria known as pyogenic or pus producing, particularly Staph aureus bacteria. In fact, the Aztec’s habit of adding agave nectar to salt has been confirmed as a procedure that increases the anti-microbial property of agave.
All these natural strengths have made agave a much better ingredient in skincare than aloe. Dermatological tests have even confirmed the skincare products designed with agave meet the highest standards within the industry for all types of skins.