All About Herbs: Aloe Vera

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There are many curiosities surrounding the Aloe Vera plant. Each of them comes from a long distance and after a long trip through the entire planet. Here are the most important facts about this plant that every gardener, be it an amateur or a professional, should know about this ancient species.

History of the Aloe Vera Plant

The Aloe Vera was known as the plant of immortality in Ancient Egypt. This was more than 6,000 years ago. Even the notorious Cleopatra used to adore the feeling of the moist balm on her skin, using it as a source of moisture and softness. This famous nation used the healing abilities of the Aloe Vera as an ointment for insomnia as well as baldness as also as a way to fight common illnesses such as colds, allergies and more. Another popular and traditional name for the plant comes from the Native Americans that used to call it “the wand of heaven”.

Aloe vera and Cleopatra

The Aloe Vera was known as the plant of immortality in Ancient Egypt

What is Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a member of a 250-species family that is native to the African region. In size, these plants vary from 3cm to as high as 1 metre and sometimes even more. The most popular sort of this species is the Aloe Barbadensis. It is 95% water and a purely tropical flower.

The plant needs a well-drained soil to live and if you’re going to care for one at home, it is necessary to plant it into a wider pot and let its usually shallow root system to spread inside of it. Rocks of a stable structure should be placed on the bottom of the bed so that the plant would feel at home.  During the winter months the plant is dormant and needs barely any attention.

Aloe Barbadensis

Aloe Barbadensis

Main Functions of the Aloe Vera

The type of plants that collect large amounts of liquids in their leaves or bodies is called succulent. This is also what an Aloe Vera plant is. Easy to look after as a house plant and a very helpful aid when it comes to keeping a good health.

Able to kill off entire families of bacteria, mold, numerous viruses and fungi – the Aloe Vera’s inner gel-like sap is probably one of the most known natural remedies to a number of health issues and problems. It can also reduce the pain and irritation from insect stings and bites, rashes and helps faster healing from herpes, scars. It is also a great treatment against stretch-marks, unwanted skin pigmentation and, as noted because of the Egyptians, increase hair growth.  Aloe Vera can also help fight even frostbite as it is not only very moisturising but also brings out the natural heat of the skin.

Usage of Aloe Vera

As the functions and uses of the plant become more and more pronounced and known to the scientific world, the more doctors and researchers believe that it is exactly in this organism that the secret to fighting cancer and AIDS hides.