Aloe Vera Through The Centuries

This “lily of the desert” has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for all ills inside and outside the body. The first to give the name of Aloe Vera was the remarkable Swedish scientist Carl von Linne (Linnaeus) in 1720. It is a member of the lily family, and most experts feel that originated in Africa and then spread throughout the world. It is a semi tropical succulent plant with lance-shaped fleshy leaves with serrated edges. It thrives best in the arid desert, but does well in any climate, if the temperature remains above zero. Since the plant is resistant, flowers and medicinal qualities of interest, aloe vera has become a very popular ornamental plant, earning a place in the windows of many kitchens and gardens. It is also grown on a large scale to supply the growing industry of cosmetics and health care, using the natural healing qualities of these plants in a lot of creams, beverages, balms, sprays and lotions. No one knows exactly when people began to use the different healing properties of Aloe Vera plant.

Ancient Sumerian texts shows the Aloe Vera as a form of purging. The yellow latex residue of the Aloe plant is known to help maintain healthy bowel and can be used as a laxative if taken orally. The ancient Egyptians have also used in the embalming process and care product skin. Also been reported that the beautiful Cleopatra used aloe as a face cream to help keep his famous face. The Chinese also have been using for over a thousand years to treat everything from breast to skin diseases Aloe first call the attention of Europeans during the heyday of the Roman era. Dioscorides, the Roman captain pharmacology teacher was one of the first Westerners to describe it in detail and list its many benefits, as a laxative and a balm for bruises. He became a pillar as a healing balm and purging during the Middle Ages the help of an obscure passage in the New Testament.

After the discovery of the New World, Aloe found its way to Latin and South America by the Spanish missionaries who planted it in their gardens. The beginning of the industrial revolution and the subsequent arrival of synthesized chemical solutions for ailments, pushes back the role of Aloe Vera as a medicinal plant. Although still used as a home remedy for many, the scientific community downplayed his medicinal importance. During the mid-twentieth century, Aloe has experienced a revival when people began again to look at the traditional home remedies to help with various conditions and diseases. The medical community also began to re-examine this wonderful little plant and a plethora of doctors deliver reports quoting Aloe Vera’s ability to cure everything. Today, while the medical community still maintains a strict neutrality of the potential of Aloe Vera as a medical cure, the health industry and Natural cosmetics have become crazy about this plant green. Aloe Vera Juice and its additives are sold in health food stores across the country and many cosmetic products as an ingredient Aloe sample. The Aloe Vera is very popular and can be found in almost any garden center you walk. Yulia Berry is an independent researcher and author of the bestseller about the aloe vera, “Aloe – Your Miracle Doctor.” She distributes a weekly newsletter about home remedies and has written other popular e-book “The pharmacy in vegetables” and dozens of natural health articles published in hundreds of websites worldwide.