Botanist's Glossary

Aloe Vera - Aloe barbadensis

  • Description
    • Aloe vera (Liliaceae family) is a succulent tropical plant with a short stem (30 to 50 cm) that develops long smooth fleshy leaves with pale yellow spikes along the edges. The aloe plant, which is found from India to Eastern and Southern Africa, is cultivated in all hot Mediterranean and tropical countries.
  • Traditions
    • The Greek physician, Dioscorides, wrote about the curative properties of aloe in the first century A.D. The ancients received aloe from East Africa and it has been used for centuries to treat the skin. Inside the leaves is a clear gel with incredible healing properties. In Europe, the aloe plant became popular in the 1950's, when its effectiveness in treating burns - and particularly radiation burns - was proven.
  • Properties
    • We use the sticky juice extracted from the leaves. Very rich in nutritive substances, aloe vera boosts the body's natural defenses and hydrates the skin. It maintains the skin’s balance and promotes skin regeneration.

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