Aloe vera finds its perfect environment on Grand Canaria, with mild sunny winters and hot summers the plant thrives. You will notice it everywhere when you tour the island along with cactuses. The volcanic mineral rich soil
makes the aloe grown here the purest in the world and it is produced to strict organic standards. But what is exactly is aloe vera and how can is help your health?
What Aloe Vera Gel Can Do:
The gel of the aloe vera plant is made up of amino acids, minerals, and sugars that help the body ward off infection, repair damage to tissues and reduce inflammation. Aloe vera gel contains nearly a full complement of B complex vitamins, including B1, B2, B3, B6, as well as vitamin C, and choline. These vitamins help protect the body from damage and stimulate the immune system. Extract of the aloe vera plant also contains phytochemicals that may confer protection against cancer, inflammatory diseases of the intestinal tract and ulcers.
Topically applied, aloe vera helps heal wounds by stimulating cell production and providing nutrients that the body needs to manufacture new cells. It’s reported that one teaspoon of aloe vera gel extract contains more than 75 different chemicals that stimulate some biological reaction in the body. These reactions include binding oxidative cells, creating new cell walls and retarding the growth of cancerous cells.
It’s speculated that aloe vera juice helps to clean the intestinal tract, and soothes inflammations, offering relief in cases of inflamed bowel such as those seen in irritable bowel syndrome. The various phytochemicals and minerals may provide a boost to the immune system which in turn help relieve symptoms of allergy and asthma due to allergy. It also seems to offer relief to those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis when aloe vera juice is taken internally.
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel:
Speeds the healing of burns and other wounds
The most commonly reported use of aloe vera gel is to speed the healing of burns, abrasions and other skin injuries. The extract of the aloe vera plant contains many of the enzymes and amino acids that the body uses to heal and repair cells. In one study of 27 people with first degree burns, those who were treated with aloe vera gel healed faster.
Relieve the symptoms of shingles
Topical application of aloe vera gel seems to ease the pain and inflammation caused by a shingles outbreak. There’s also evidence to suggest that it prevents infection of the blisters.
Reduce the symptoms of psoriasis
Aloe vera gel has been shown to relieve the symptoms of psoriasis in several studies. In one group 83% of those whose psoriasis was treated with aloe vera gel three times a day showed significant improvement. Less than 6% of those treated with a placebo showed any improvement at all of their condition.
Relieves the pain and symptoms of digestive inflammatory diseases
While the use of aloe vera gel taken internally for the relief of heartburn, ulcers and inflammatory bowel syndrome goes back as far as the 6th century BC, it is only recently that traditional medicine is catching up. The results of preliminary studies are promising and support the traditional uses of aloe vera gel. In one Japanese study, for instance, 17 of the 18 patients who were given an aloe vera supplement showed some improvement in the symptoms of their peptic ulcer.
The perfect temperature & one of the worlds best climates
According to a study conducted by Dr. Thomas Whitemore, a US climatologist, which compared 600 cities from around the world, the capital of Gran Canaria was identified as the city with the “best climate in the world”! Because of its oceanic subtropical climate that is primarily determined by the Trade winds, the climate on Gran Canaria is wonderfully pleasant throughout the year.
In winter, temperatures remain at 20°C and in summer at 25° (in the shade). This means that in the height of summer, when temperatures in Turkey or Morocco climb above 40° and many people begin to experience circulation problems, the Trade winds assure that it is always pleasant on Gran Canaria. As a rule, you can say that the sun shines on more than 300 days a year! If it is raining, the rain comes in short bursts of heavy showers, 20, 30 minutes and that’s it.
Gran Canaria has special attractions in every season. September and October are particularly delightful months. Water temperatures are then still between 23 and 25 degrees, air temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees during the day (in the shade) and there are heavenly, mild summer evenings that can be experienced in a T-shirt or a light sweater thrown over the shoulders. In fall, the water temperature stands at 23 to 25 degrees – about 3 to 4 degrees warmer than during the months of March, April and May.
Gastronomy and foodie heaven
The traditional cuisine of Grand Canaria combines traditional Spanish recipes with African and Latin American influences. Produce is 90% fresh and locally grown as the year round sun allows for it! Local markets are buzzing and still its the fashion to shop locally and organic produce meat,fruit and veg are demanded by the people. Like in mainland Spain food is a serious issue. So while there try to visit a local market, you will be amazed by the array of things on offer.
Favourites include the canarian mini-banana, mango, aloe vera, pinapple and avocado all locally grown. You will taste the difference and supermarket fruit will never be acceptable after.The basis of Canarian cuisine is a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit and fish, generally light meals, more easy to digest in a warm climate. Meat is usually consumed as a part of stews or as steaks.
Traditional Canarian food
One of the best-known traditional dishes from Tenerife are the Papas Arrugadas
(wrinkled potatoes), made of potatoes boiled in salted water, served with two delicious “mojos” (sauces): the mojo picón
(spicy sauce) and the mojo verde
Mojo green and red is served with all foods in the Canary islands. Patatas Arrugas’ (wrinkled potatoes) is also a tradition.
If you are a fish lover you will be delighted in the Canary Islands. Among the most typical regional recipes are Caldereta
and Sancocho Canario
, salted fish in a “mojo” sauce. You will find a wide variety of international recipes of fish and seafood, too.
Among vegetarian dishes Potaje de Berros, a hot pot of chickpeas, is perhaps the best known.
The most typical dessert is “bienmesabe”, a mixture of honey, almond cream, eggs and rum,but you’ll also find a wide choice of tropical fruits, like mangoes and paw paw. “Platanos Fritos”, fried bananas, are also worth tasting, as is the local goat cheese.
concept is one of the most delicious Spanish contributions to international gastronomy. A Tapa is a light and small piece of food that Spaniards have either before lunch or dinner, usually with a glass of wine or beer. The Tapa can be presented in several ways: as a pincho (with a stick), as a mini-dish of a traditional recipe
, as a canapé, etc…
The luscious and palatable Canarian cuisine is based on natural products: exotic fruit, a large variety of cheeses, fish of excellent texture, vegetables grown on hill summits and mid-slopes, and exquisite meats …
Dishes of long tradition such as the renowned wrinkled potatoes with mojo sauce can be tasted at any point on the island, or you can go for a healthier and more balanced item such as vegetable, watercress, or caper pottage.
Cultural travellers will find plenty of museums, churches and historic cities to explore, and will have the chance to immerse in the atmosphere of the colourful and cosmopolitan capital of Las Palmas. With the proper means of transportation you can explore the island in 3 days, indulge in sun baking or simply blend with the environment, or fully enjoy your vacation and have fun.
The attractions that Gran Canaria offers are more than enough – a Cathedral from the XVI-XVII century, San Antonio monastery, Santo Domingo square, as well as the house of Columbus, located in the capital of Las Palmas. The great explorer visited the islands on his way to the New World in 1492 and stayed for about a month in the Governor’s house – a small three-storey house in Spanish style. The name of the governor is forgotten, but the glory of Columbus has spread over this house. The house-museum has a collection of items from his era as well as several items that once belonged to him. Of great interest is also the Bandama crater, over 1 km wide and 200 meters deep. You will find on its bottom a fruit farm with a neat building. Nature lovers shouldn’t miss Parque Rural del Nublo at the foot of Pico de las Nieves, which is rich in species typical of the archipelago.
Extremely interesting is the origin of the name – Gran Canaria. Everything started from the bloodthirsty dogs – called kanis, worshipped by the first settlers of the islands – guanchite. Before the Canary Islands were known as “islands of prosperity” and “Happy Islands”, which among other things, best describes them even today. Their beauty can not be described, you just have to go there and experience this unforgettable world.
Gran Canaria has many natural resources, in addition to its beaches, and this is the perfect place to go back to nature. A tourist may chose from visiting beautiful natural regions, practicing adventure sports or just watching hundreds of unique native species. In Gran Canaria, anything is possible for those wishing to become one with Mother Nature.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, also known as Las Palmas is the administrative center of the Province of Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria. Las Palmas offers excellent hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, exhibition galleries, intense social life and a calendar full of festivals throughout the year. A must see part of this modern and vibrant city is the old part Vegueta where one can find wonderful old houses with impressive courtyards and artistically constructed balconies overlooking narrow streets and internal squares. In the Old City can be found a great number of important landmarks such as the Neo-Gothic Cathedral, the house of Columbus, the residence of the first governor of the island, which is a wonderful building, the Canary museum possessing the most complete collection traces left by the Guanches – the people who inhabited the island before the Spaniards. There are also many interesting churches, a museum of fine arts, the Perez Galdos Museum and Nestor Museum. In the beautiful park Dormas there is an area called the Canary village, created by Nestor. Here is shown the Canary architectural style and the scenic backdrop of the village is used for musical and dance performances.
Nature in the area is magnificent. The city has five main beaches offering great attractions, picturesque parks and botanical gardens. Like anywhere else in Spain, Las Palmas also has a festival that is one of the most colorful events on the island and is known worldwide, while in June is celebrated the festival of San Juan – the founder of the city.
Spa & wellness in prefect harmony with nature
Grand Canaria is a holisic health heaven. From its natural landscape that revives your soul to it s super sleek 5 star eco-spa retreats it utilizes all its natural resources to bring you the ultimate organic experience.Using natural plants such as Aloe vera you can wrap you body or bath in thalasso therapy pools which are rich in volcanic mineral and excellent for skin,bone and muscle health. Eating a raw or all organic diet is easy here as fresh local organic produce is in abundance all year round. So you can be healthy from the inside out! For me this is a big plus and im even considering re-locating here one day! Living here really does add years to your life and slows your ageing clock.Health tourism is one of the oldest forms of tourism known in the world. The first tourists who came to Gran Canaria – around the second half of the 19th century – belonged to the so-called health tourism. These were people who suffered from their lungs, stomachs and nerves, having been attracted to the islands by the stories of miracle cures that were circulating throughout Europe, and even by the advice of the doctors themselves, who recommended the climate and mineral waters of Gran Canaria.
The himalayan crystal room at the Lopesan spa
The Lopesan Costa Meloneras is one of the top spa hotels on the island
Today, a century and some decades later, Gran Canaria maintains its prestige as a health resort and a place to rest, having developed a wide range of services and facilities for consultations and the treatment of different disorders or just to pamper your body and relax as an alternative to conventional tourism.
On the island, you can find spas whose waters are rich in minerals and blended with sea water. They are ideal for rehabilitation treatments, acute rheumatism, ulcerated lesions, skin and bone disorders as well as fatigue and stress. In these spas you can find all kind of techniques and services ranging from algae wrap, sea mud, hydrotherapy, salt bath, bandages with aromatherapy, mud bath to thalassotherapy, thermotherapy, pressotherapy or lymphatic drainage, reflexotherapy, chyromassage, specific massages, vichy shower, turkish bath, jacuzzi, sauna, swimming pool with jets, and so on….
But Gran Canaria is a destination for health tourism for more reasons than just its specialised centres. The entire island is a paradise where you can forget about stress, exhaustion, the need to break away and all the ailments that are provoked by the daily hustle and bustle. All you need is a therapeutic walk on the golden sands of the island’s expansive beaches, or a swim in its warm and crystal-clear waters, which is charged with iodine, sodium and other elements that are beneficial for the body, or to be oxygenated by some contact with nature, where you cannot help but relax.
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