What is Aloe?
It is called the «plant of immortality» and it is considered to be the elixir for a long life. It is a source for vitamins , mostly of B C, E and carotene -b , metals and minerals , aminoacides, while rich in saccharides, sterols, anthraquinones (painkillers substances) and salicylic acid.
A natural dietary supplement that can help huma organizm to meet the demands of everyday life.
The word «aloe» derives from the Hebrew word «alloeh» which means «bitter shiny substance», while the word «vera» is Latin and means genuine, true.
Aloe vera is a plant with more than 360 species.
The species used in trade, in medicinal products, cosmetics and nutrition in addition to aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller) is the aloe arborescens, the aloe saponaria, the aloe ferox and to a lesser extent the aloe Perryi.
Aloe Barbadensis Miller or aloe vera (Aloe vera), also known as medicinal aloe, is a type of succulent plant that grows by itself in warm regions of the globe such as the countries located along the Pacific coast, in Africa, India, Australia, South and Central America and the Caribbean region.
However, it is seen in many parts of the world where commercially grown.
Initially, from the aloe was used only a cellulosic substance, the resin, particularly for laxative properties. However, from the mid-20th century, slowly began to gain ground the use of aloe vera gel, as a base for preparing energy drinks and natural moisturizing and therapeutic agents for various skin and internal diseases.
The aloe vera when sliced secretes two liquids, which have different effects and properties. The yellow-green juice which is mostly secreted when the green leaf surface is cut , causes irritation because it contains aloin which has a similar composition as the latex. On the other hand, the transparent fluid secreted from the interior of the leaf, whether cut or crushed, is soothing and is said to assist in healing.
The first documentation of Aloe vera imprinted on clay boards of Nippur Sumerian city dating from 2,200 BC ..
People of this era were already aware of the aloe cleansing effects on the intestines.
In this period of history, the diseases are considered demonic possession of the body and only a divine plant like aloe had the physical power to exorcise demons.
The first known written record about the wholesomeness of the juice of Aloe vera plant were there since 6000 years ago in ancient Egypt. Aloe was regarded as a sacred plant with the secrets to beauty, health and immortality. Both Cleopatra and Nefertiti used it as part of their daily skin care and beauty.
The use of aloe was regarded as the pursuit of physical beauty. Even dead souse with aloevera, due to the anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. Aloe was known as the «plant of eternity.» Anti-inflammatory and soothing the pain as documented in «papyrus Eber» in 1,550 BC . The Muslims of Egypt had Aloevera as a religious symbol, and believed that a sacred symbol hanging on the door will protect them from slander and bad energy. The Egyptians used AloeVera for treating tuberculosis. In ancient Egypt, when a pharaoh died, the funeral ceremony was going on to call the honors which included a kilo of aloe. Egyptians used a smelly mixture of aloe and myrrh for embalming and placed in the burial clothes.
Alexander the Great
During the era of In Alexander the Great , aloevera was widely used as medication in Asian countries. It is documented that Alexander employed the use of aloe juice to heal the wounds of warriors (356-323 BC), Alexander transferred carts planted Aloe vera for practical reasons, to have fresh produce during various campaigns in battle. It is said that Aristotle persuaded Alexander the Great to occupy the Socotra island specifically to have the valuable aloe. This way Alexander acquired sufficient medication to heal the wounds of his soldiers.
To their advantage, the Romans followed the wisdom of the Egyptians and the Greeks also using the healing properties of Aloevera plant. During the reign of Emperor Nero around 50 BC, the physician and naturalist Dioscorides traveled throughout the East did research new methods of medication.They wrote several text books on pharmaceutical which included several recipes for the treatment of countless diseases. In extensive chapters based on the positive results of the treaputic plants, describe the aloe as a favorite of the treated plants.
It recommends the use of aloe juice for many physical disorders, such as healing of wounds, gastrointestinal upset, gingivitis, joint pain, skin irritation, burns, acne, hair loss, etc.
Christopher Columbus once said «Four vegetables are indispensable for the prosperity of man: wheat, the grape, the olive and aloe. The first nourishes him, the second feeds the spirit, the third brings harmony and the fourth cures him.
New worlds were discovered with the help of aloevera.O Columbus was known to have aloevera potted on his fleet of ships and the plant was used to heal the wounds of the mercenaries.
During the 16th century, Spain was planting the aloevera, to spread the plant in areas where it had not yet grown. Today the monks are regarded as well-trained therapists . The Maya Indians named the juice of the desert plant as the «fountain of youth».
In Chinese culture, Aloe is an important ingredient for medical treatments since the MarcoPolo. The book treatment of Shi-Shen aloevera was described as the «Method of Harmony» – the plant played an important role in the daily life of Chinese people. In China the juice of aloe is used to clean all rashes. In the 7th century Chinese MedicasMateria wrote about the use of Aloevera for sinusitis and other skin diseases.
The Japanese culture also appreciates greatly the aloe plant, in Japan it was known as the «plant Royal», the juice is consumed as an elixir. Today in Japan AloeVera commonly used as an ingredient in commercially available yogurt. There are also many companies producing AloeVera drinks.
In Indian ayurvedic medicine, aloe is used in many applications, such as rejuvenating treatments and stabilize the cardiovascular system. Aloe is regarded as the plant balance pitta, Kapha and Vata – Aloe is one of the very few plants that possess these properties.
In the early Middle Ages around 1100, a Benedictine nun, describes the aloe as a cure for jaundice, gastric infections, migraine, tooth decay and ulcers.
In Psalm 45: 8a says, «All your clothes are scented with myrrh, aloe and cassia.» Aloe used on the occasion of the king’s marriage, perhaps King Solomon’s wedding. In Song of Songs 4:14 b says, «… myrrh and aloe, with all the best spices.» The fleshy leaves contained aloin, a substance which is dissolved in water and added with myrrh was used in biblical times for highly perfected the art of embalming John 19 :. 38-40 says, «And after these things Joseph of Arimathea, is a disciple of Jesus, but for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could take Jesus” body. and Pilate gives permission, and took the body of Jesus and together with Nicodemus bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloe, about £ 100 weight.
The Russians named AloeVera, «the elixir of longevity.»