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Why do we bet on biodynamic agriculture

18/03/2019

Biodynamic agriculture is a variety of organic agriculture started in 1924, based on the theories of Rudolf Steiner, founder of anthroposophy. Biodynamic agricultural practices consider the farm as a whole, constituting a complex organism in a perfect environmental balance, focusing especially on the interrelation between soil, plants and animals. Currently, it is a certification granted by Demeter, synonym of biodynamic agriculture worldwide. Our farm is a protected natural area of the Natura 2000 Network, free of pesticides, fertilizers and industrial herbicides, where our organic aloe vera coexists with protected animal species, as the Greek Tortoise, Bonelli's Eagle or the Peregrine Falcon. Also, we water our plants with pure spring water from the mountains that surround our farm. Unconsciously, our agricultural activity has always shared much of the biodynamic philosophy, since its very beginnings, so we consider it interesting and...
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We are what we consume

18/03/2019

Nowadays, we live surrounded by ultra-processed food, plastics, and activities that are very aggressive to the environment and our health.Is it the same to consume an ultra-processed product than an natural one?The answer is definitely no. If our great-grandfathers and great-grandmothers could raised their heads, they would looked ashamed the products that we consume day after day, not to mention the planet that we are leaving to our future generations. Fortunately, people are getting more and more aware and committed with such reality. ATALAYA BIO was born within an environmental project: we grow our organic aloe vera in a protected natural space of the Natura 2000 Network. Our products are committed with people and environment , contributing to a healthy diet and a natural skin care. Why is it worth buying organic products? Natural and healthy. Organic products do not use pesticides or chemicals in the agricultural proc...
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Sport, muscle aches and organic aloe vera gel

20/01/2020

Aloe vera is a well-known plant since ancient times for its natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, applied to relieve muscle and joint pain. Among aloe vera polysaccharides, we find the acemannan, a mucopolysaccharide that helps the immune system and stimulates white blood cells. In addition, it improves blood circulation, helping eliminate toxins from the body, playing also an important role as a cell regenerator. If you do sports, suffer from joint or muscle ailments associated with age, or drag osteoarthritis problems, injuries or surgeries, here you will discover five reasons why organic aloe vera gel may help you cope with pain and muscle or joint discomfort: Is soothing. Aloe vera is very recognized for its natural analgesic properties, which help relieve muscle and joint pain associated to exercise and age. We recommend using a good organic aloe vera gel, applying it on the affected area for several days, as a relaxing massage....
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Avoid and relieve insect bites

13/03/2020

Natural remedy for mosquito bites Suffering from an insect bite is almost synonymous with summer. The organic aloe vera pure gel is an effective natural solution against mosquito and other insect bites. Just applying a small amount on the bite, it calms and relieves itching, reducing inflammation and softening the mark, thanks to its high moisturizing power. Why do mosquitoes bite me? Because of your smell. It may seem crazy, but mosquitoes have a highly developed sense of smell. They are attracted to lactic acid, ammonia, and uric acid, most of which are derived from sweat. Because of your heat. Body heat is directly proportional to the size of your body. That's why obese people and pregnant women feel more attracted to mosquitoes. Because of your bloo...
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How to make homemade disinfecting hydroalcoholic gel with aloe vera for long-term use (easy)

17/03/2020

With the increasing speculation and risk of disinfectant products shortage, many people are asking us how to make homemade gel with aloe vera for disinfecting hands. Making an antiseptic and hand sanitizer gel is very easy, so here we explain how to do it easily for long-term use. Ingredients You just need two essential ingredients: 96º alcohol. Sanitizes thanks to its bactericidal and viricidal action. Lower alcohol content can be bactericidal, but not viricidal, therefore it is essential to use 96º alcohol. Aloe vera gel with lavender essential oil. Dermoprotective and bactericidal. Protects our hands against abrasion, moisturizing and nourishing in depth. ATALAYA BIO organic aloe vera gel also contains a biocidal ingredient with recognized antiseptic properties: lavender essential oil. ...
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Learn how to distinguish quality aloe vera cosmetics

26/03/2020

Aloe vera market is saturated with highly processed products (lyophilized, rehydrated ...) from other continents. It is common to be in front of deeply artificial products, with a minimal contribution of the recognized properties of aloe vera. In addition, many of those products that claim aloe as an ingredient, often have a tiny percentage of it. So, do quality aloe vera products exist? Fortunately yes, although they are not easy to find within the wide range of “aloe” cosmetic products nowadays. Here below we explain what facts should be taken into account if we want to differentiate a quality aloe cosmetic product from others: Intrinsic quality of the aloe vera as an ingredient. We will always choose those products in which the aloe vera gel has been obtained from inner leaf gel, avoiding products rehydrated from dust. Aloe vera content. The ingredients that appear in the INCI are ranked from highest to lowest perce...
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Three tips to avoid the problems of excessive hand washing

04/08/2020

Washing hands is our main weapon in the fight against COVID-19. Experts and authorities do recommend a thorough washing, rubbing well and drying the skin scrupulously, avoiding air-drying devices. Therefore, given the current situation, we cannot speak of “excessive washing”, but of an undeniable (and highly recommended) “recurring washing” of hands instead. You may have already used some hydroalcoholic gel, either at work or at the supermarket entrance. It is the best way to avoid the spread of the coronavirus and protect ourselves when we don’t have access to water and soap. Nevertheless, the unavoidable repeated use of soaps, detergents and disinfecting gels right now, unfortunately has its effect on our hands and skin, especially in those who have dry skin, since it affects the lipid layer of the skin. If you feel your hands rough, red or chapped, here are three easy tips to protect yourself: Dry your hand...
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Immune system, defenses and healthy balanced diet

23/04/2020

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is increasing our concernings about health and feeding a deep rethinking around just daily actions, from hand hygiene to personal care, and unfortunately, even affecting to the way we interact with each other in society. Issues like that, which hadn't even been considered longer than just seconds so far, and now are acquiring an almost inevitable role. Among these critical issues, the nutritional section definitely stands out, as it’s directly associated with well-being and the strengthening of our immune system. According to the experts, diet is, along with a constant and adapted development of physical activity, a key part of healthy lifestyle habits. Eating a healthy balanced diet, incorporating natural foods rich in nutrients, helps improve our defenses against several adversities that affect our health and well-being. Providing the recommended daily dose of each vitamin helps our body stay strong and active,...
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Two key climatic factors in aloe farming

21/03/2021

On the occasion of the celebration of World Water Day, we want to talk you about the importance of managing water resources in agriculture, as well as exposing some technical reasons why we started with aloe vera in our priviledged Natura 2000 Network farm located in southeast Spain. Aloe requires few water resources, dry environments with moderate thermal amplitude, and abundant hours of direct sunlight per year. Finding these basic requirements simultaneously is not that easy in continental Europe, where the demand for quality organic aloe vera products is constantly increasing. Our farm is located in southeast Spain, near the town of Águilas (Murcia), where the conjunction of these factors is a reality that favors organic aloe vera farming, an alternative for a sustainable development of agriculture in the region. The main enemies of aloe are frost and excess humidity, therefore, the main climatic factors that affect the cultivation of aloe vera are:
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Aloe, aloins and hydroxyanthracene derivatives. What are the implications of the new Regulation (EU) 2021/468?

05/04/2021

Hydroxyanthracene derivatives (HADs) are phenolic compounds found in aloe vera as well as in everyday vegetables such as iceberg lettuce, green beans, cabbages, etc. Among aloe vera HADs we find aloins, barbeloins, aloe-emodins, emodins, and dantrone. Aloin is a yellowish, bitter and very laxative compound. In the case of aloe vera, HADs are found close to the leaf bark, separated from the parenchyma (internal part of the plant). Foods that contain ingredients from aloe vera inner leaf gel do not pose any risk to health or safety, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). On previous regulation The Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008, on flavourings and certain food ingredients with flavouring properties for use in and on foods and amending, set up HADs limit in aloe vera juices for oral consumption at 10 ppm. In recent years, HADs have been highly questioned b...
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