Aloe vera is an ancient medicinal plant that has been and still is used for a variety of purposes.
The genus Aloe contains over 400 different species with Aloe barbadensis Miller (Aloe vera) and Aloe arborescens being the most popular and most commercially grown species.
Aloe barbadensis Miller or more commonly known as Aloe vera Linn. is probably the most widely used member of the Aloaceae family in various products such as cosmetics and food supplements of various kinds.
Aloe are plants that are adapted to survive in areas with limited water supply. These plants therefore have a well-developed water storage tissue in their leaves.
From this plant mass, inside the leaves, a colorless gel can be obtained and it is this gel that has been used in the cosmetics and beauty industry as a hydrating and moisturizing agent and in other contexts to treat heat injuries, such as burns, insect bites and sunburn.
Today, Aloe has also become commonly used in various foods and supplements.
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The name 'aloe' comes from the Greek αλοή (aloí), which in turn probably comes from the Hebrew 'allal' or the Arabic word 'alloeh', both of which mean bitter. Aloe verans Aloe thus means bitter and tfunnily enough, the plant was once named for the strongly bitter...
Aloe vera has been used by humans throughout history for thousands of years. The first documented use of Aloe vera is from ancient Egypt where aloe is depicted in engravings on a temple from as early as 4000 BC. The inscriptions indicate that the plant was seen as the...
Did you know that what we commonly call "aloe" is a genus with several hundred species(list of aloe species). What these species have in common is that they are urban succulents, i.e. plants that stay green all year round and have a well-developed ability to store...