Aloe Vera Benefits

Aloe Vera
Latin Name

Aloe Vera

Origin

Northern Africa

Parts Used

Mostly the inner gel - sometimes the whole plant

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Aloe Vera is one of the most popular supplements in the world. Surviving in demand since antiquity, most people know that Aloe Vera has properties that can help the skin. Aloe has many properties that aren't just beneficial as topical applications. As we'll see the historical references point out Aloe Vera has been used by many civilizations to treat numerous conditions and aliments.

On the path into the modern era, Aloe Vera has had drops in popularity because of the problem of being able to keep it fresh. This seriously hindered its reputation to the medical profession in the US and Europe. It wasn't till the 1970's that the method of cold pressing was introduced to insure that the Aloe Vera gel didn't degrade with contract to extreme heat and the air. Aloe Vera has since regained some of it's popularity and been planted firmly as a complete source for a number of bodily problems.

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

Kumari, or Princess, as it is named in Sanskrit, gives Aloe Vera an all encompassing and comprehensive overview of the benefits you can expect to find from Aloe Vera. In many cultures it is associated with beauty for it's excellent effect on soothing and hydrating the skin. For the same reason Aloe Vera is thought to be good for acne and burns through its action of being able stabilize hyaluronic acid and enhance collagen. These are possibly the most well known of the Aloe Vera plants abilities.

The lesser known of Aloe Vera's qualities are that it has numerous internal benefits. The gel is loaded with folic acid and vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium, potassium and enzymes which will help boost overall health. One of the main results of all this vitamin and mineral content is the positive effect Aloe Vera has on producing very healthy hair.

When taken internally, the amino acid and cooling gel content helps digestion and equally detoxifies naturally helping the body expunge any harmful toxins and waste. Aloe also is thought to be a good ingredient for immune system support with a host of ploysaccharides.

All the contemporary properties given to Aloe Vera seem to reflect the ancient history of the plant. It's a wonder that it hasn't undergone more extensive research to bring justify it's range of health giving benefits.

Typical Use

Used both internally and as a topical application.

Folklore and History

Some of the earliest references to Aloe Vera come from drawings on the walls of Egyptian temples and on tablets from Mesopotamian culture. The Aloe was could even be thought to be the measure of wealth in Egyptian culture with noble families offering the divine plant to the Pharaoh. Aloe was itself was considered a noble plant with the power to ward off evil spirits both to the Egyptians and the people of Mesopotamia. As with many cultures the Egyptians used every part of any plant for multiple purposes. In the case of Aloe Vera they used the gel to make scrolls and an ingredient in the embalming process. It's possible that from this point Aloe Vera spread far and wide.

The island of Socotra near the horn of Africa was said to have a great many plantations of Aloe Vera which then made their way as far as China, India and even Russia. Such was the fame of this Island that legend tells of how Aristotle convinced Alexander the Great to invade Socotra to take over this vital supply of Aloe Vera.

Nearly all these cultures stretching from Asia to Europe gave Aloe Vera super plant status with the power to cure various diseases like tuberculosis, heal wounds and give longevity. The Knights Templar during the Crusades even used Aloe Vera mixed with palm wine and hemp and called it ‘the Elixir of Jerusalem’ claiming it added years to their life. And so the story of Aloe Vera continues to march forward into the modern day, still making waves as one very special plant to have in your arsenal of medicinal herbs.

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