May 04, 2020

Aloe Vera is an evergreen perennial succulent plant species. Its origin has been in debate for many years considering that it’s found in almost all parts of the world, but scientists suggest that it originates from the Arabian Peninsula. It also grows wild in tropical, semi-tropical, and arid climates all over. For many years It has been cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Not only that, but the species is also used decoratively, especially since it grows successfully indoors.

Aloe Vera has been a favorite of many nations all over the world. Aloe Vera contains very strong antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. These different compounds are what makes the Aloe Vera plant so special, in fact that's why it can be used in such a large variety of ways.

-Heartburn relief
-Keeping produce fresh
-Alternative to mouthwash
-Lowering blood sugar levels
-Natural laxative
-Skin care
-Potential to fight breast cancer
-Burns and wounds

(Other than these benefits Aloe Vera has also been used for medicinal uses, personal care products, cosmetics, detergents, and is popular as a dietary supplement.)

Fun facts:

-Its name derives from the Arabic word "alloeh" which means "bitter”.
-Ancient physicians considered it to be a blessing to mankind.
-The Egyptians called it "plant of immortality"
-Egyptians used it for infection, against parasites and for treating skin diseases.
-It can be found in the tombs of pharaohs.
-African hunters used aloe as a natural deodorant.
-Filipinos used aloe for treating kidney infection.
-Ancient Chinese and Egyptians used Aloe Vera to treat burns, wounds, and reduce fever.
-Alexander the Great, upon the advice of Aristotle, conquered the island of Socotra, off the coast of Africa, to secure supplies of Aloe Vera in order to treat wounded soldiers.

-Before long journeys soldiers drank the juice of aloe vera to protect themselves against infection, which they could easily get by drinking local food and water.

Make your very own Aloe Vera juice!

Written by: Yolanda M. Pineda

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