Ancient Egyptians revered the aloe vera plant and considered it to be the “Plant of Immortality.” The glamorous Cleopatra regarded aloe vera as her beauty secret. Legend states that the Pharaoh kept the Aloe as a palace plant, assigning it a very high status. Drawings of the aloe plant have been found inscribed in the tombs of the pharaohs. Supposedly, Alexander the Great in 333 B.C., was persuaded by his mentor, Aristotle, to capture the Island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean for its famed Aloe supplies, needed to treat his wounded soldiers.
In recent times aloe vera has been “re-discovered” and has come back into general use. Ironically enough, it was the invention of the x-ray and the atom bomb that revived the focus on the plant. Aloe vera heals internal tissues damaged by radiation exposure. It is one of the oldest natural remedies that modern medicine uses as one of the “miracle” herbal drugs.
Therapeutic Effects of Aloe Vera
Aloe produces anti-aging effects on the skin and is the ultimate skin care treatment.Aloe vera products are carefully formulated from natural ingredients for beauty, skin cell conditioning, nourishment, and body toning. It helps to reduce and eliminate scars, wrinkles, marks and blemishes.It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal components, which heal cuts, scrapes, and burns. As a beauty supplement aloe vera soothes, softens, and moisturizes. Aloe lotion has been used to control acne and eczema. It is used as an anti-cellulite product. Its ability to penetrate the water-retaining layer of skin allows the enzymes within the gel to slough off dead cells, which aids in restoring the complexion. Aloe nourishes the skin, increasing the formation of collagen and elastin, and stimulating the regeneration of damaged tissue.Aloe vera is also beneficial for gastrointestinal ailments, constipation, pain relief, and boosting the immune system.