General information about Aloe Vera
In many ways, our body and mind are required every day. This costs a lot of energy and power. These partial negative stress factors can turn into negative effects on the body.
Important in such situations is to relax, to have adequate sleep, to do exercises and to have good nutrition.
Our nature has a great plant for this to support us in order to be better prepared for such stressful situations.
What we are talking about is the Aloe Vera plant or so called desert lily.
The liquid of the leaf (gel) that is extracted from the inside of the plant is not only a beauty product, but is also a natural fruit full of nutrients that can have a positive effect on the organism and thus support the immune system in its daily work (Oppermann 2004, 7).
The Aloe Vera is a lily plant and is related to asparagus, onion and garlic.
At present almost 300 different species of Aloe Vera have been registered worldwide.
For the cosmetic and medical use the Aloe Vera Barbardensis Miller plant (or also called Linnè) is the most significant.
It is a plant which is at home in a hot climate. It is located mainly in regions such as Central and South America, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and also southern Europe (as in Spain).
Especially the valuable ingredients make the Aloe Vera Barbardensis Miller so interesting. Numerous active substances have already been recorded and researched. These active ingredients are found inside the leaf. The plants are up to 150 cm high and bloom in the spring where you have a high yellow flower which makes the plant grow up to two meters high.
The plants themselves are harvested only after three to five years, since only the formation of the nutrients and active ingredients have been sufficiently formed. As a peculiarity of the plant it is to be mentioned that this is particularly robust and can self-heal itself quickly.
Especially if the Aloe Vera plant is cut off a leaf, one can experience how fast the healing process goes. Also, when the plant is dug out, it is still able to regenerate again for weeks by re-entering the soil. Thus this plant can also exceed longer transport distances (Bankhofer, 2013, pp. 15-17).
The history of Aloe Vera
The first written records of the Aloe Vera plant and its supporting effect, handed over the Sumera already 4000 years before Christ. In this case, clay tablets were excavated in the territory of the Near East, or were deciphered in the 1960s (Oppermann, 2004, p. 9).
Other sources tell of the potsherds with recipes that originated in 4200 BC, during the time of the Babylonians, who used the plant according to the records of intestinal inertia (Bankhofer, 2013, p. 19).
Centuries later in the 16th century, other recipes found in Papyrus were found with Aloe Vera in Egypt, where Queen Cleopatra reigned, who also daily maintained her body with fresh Aloe Vera gel. Already in this time era one knew about the beauty-effective property of Aloe Vera (Oppermann, 2004, p.10).
Among other things the Aloe Vera leaf gel was also used for embalming the mummies in Egypt. Cleopatra even used this as an eye drop and for her skin and eye part (Bankhofer, 2013, p. 19-20).
The messages about the efficacy of the Aloe Vera spread quickly and soon the Greek Medicus Hippocrates became aware of this extraordinary natural product and was concerned with its effect. He used the Aloe Vera for example in cases of ulcers, hair loss or gastrointestinal symptoms (Oppermann, 2004, 10-12).
From the books of Hippocrates, who is called "father of medicine", we learned who to develop applications with Aloe Vera which promote the growth of the hair as well as the treatment of ulcers and stomach complaints (Bankhofer, 2013, S. 20)