The history of aloe vera demonstrates its importance over the centuries. Its use dates back to at least 2200 B.C. when the Egyptians depicted the plant on temple walls. The plant is a member of the lily/onion family, and is thought to have originated in Africa, before spreading throughout the world. Knowledge of aloe vera’s pharmaceutical properties were recorded in Sumerian clay tablets in 1750 B.C.. The history of is included in the Bible, legends of kings, queens, even tales of Alexander the Great, who, persuaded by Aristotle, conquered Socotra in order to treat his soldiers with the plant.
History of Aloe from Ancient Times
The Ancient Egyptians, who used it to treat and cure diseases as well as for its restorative benefits, placed great emphasis on aloe vera. The value that they placed on the plant is illustrated by its use as payment to attend the burial of a Pharaoh, as well its use as a measure of a person’s wealth. Ancient Greek scientists and Romans considered aloe vera a cure-all for internal and external problems, “the plant of Immortality”.
The Bible references aloe vera in several passages, ranking its value during King Solomon’s time as equal to that of rare spices. The Mahometans also revered the plant, using it as a symbol of their religion. Dioscurides praised aloe vera for its healing and cosmetic benefits, especially for relieving dry skin and its internal cleansing properties.
Christopher Columbus carried aloe vera plants on his adventures, treating injuries and sharing its value with the new world. At this point, the plant is thought to have already spread from Egypt throughout India, China and the Middle East. Aloe vera’s affinity for warmth kept it from growing well throughout Northern Europe, although it is a major component of the formula for Swedish Bitters. This restorative tonic was created by a blend thought to have been developed by Paracelsus and reintroduced to the world by Swedish doctors.
Modern History of Aloe
The recent history of aloe vera includes a plethora of studies conducted by researchers throughout the world and in the U.S. The plant gained notoriety for its ability to treat radiation burns, lending more credibility to claims of its benefits to the medical community.
Historical uses of Aloe have shown its internal and external effectiveness with treatments that include its use as a healing agent. It is thought to improve the immune system, eye problems, migraines, and more as it contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties as well as anti-inflammatory fatty acids. The sap and gel combine to make this plant a health powerhouse.
The History and Uses of Aloe for Cosmetics
Aloe vera’s use as a cosmetic by well-known queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti, who were revered for their beauty, is legendary. It was used as emollient for treating and healing skin throughout the world for centuries and was listed in the U.S. Pharmocopoeia as a skin protectant in 1820.
Many companies include aloe as part of their base in cosmetics due to its healing and emollient effects. It contains numerous minerals and is a good source of Vitmins A, B, C and Vitamin E. The restorative and emollient properties help counteract the effects of daily living and keep you looking and feeling healthy.
After thousands of years of technological advances and research, one of our partners has invented a patented process to isolate the active parts of the aloe leaf and maximize the benefits that ancient Egyptians and Sumerians first discovered. In fact our partner was the first person to stabilize the aloe plant, so it could be used in products. This has resulted in 3 patents for aloe vera and 2 more pending.
At The Aloe Source, we have combined this knowledge and research with a passion for helping people look and feel their best. The history of aloe vera is part of our history.
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