Aloe vera, aloe of life

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Aloe through history

Thousands of years guarantee the use of aloe vera for its beneficial properties for health and its full potential has not yet been discovered

Ancient civilizations

The first known written reference to the medicinal properties of aloe corresponds to some clay tablets from the Mesopotamian civilization in the 18th century BC that describe its virtues as a laxative.

Three hundred years later we can find a reference in the Libro de los Remedios, an Egyptian treatise on medicine from the 15th century BC. where aloe-based preparations are detailed for the cure of skin conditions, headaches and as a laxative. It is believed that it was also used in the embalming process, hence it was considered the plant of immortality and was planted around the pyramids.

Greece and Rome

In the classical Western world, the effectiveness of aloe as a laxative and to treat bruises and wounds is described in detail in the book De Materia Médica, by the Greek Dioscores in the first century AD, a reference in botanical medicine and in the Natural History of the Roman writer Pliny the Elder, other therapeutic uses are added, such as eliminating excess sweating or treating ulcers, also in the 1st century AD. Probably both compiled what was known up to that time of aloe, especially from Egypt.

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Aloe in Asia

From the 6th century, aloe was commonly used in India, Tibet, Sumatra, being used in Ayurvedic medicine that tries to purify the body and balance mind, body and spirit.

In China, the records on the properties of aloe that are known start from the 7th century and describe it as highly effective for the treatment of sinusitis and parasitosis, in addition to its dermatological applications.

Africa and America

In Africa, the indigenous people used aloe gel to wash themselves, protecting the skin from ultraviolet radiation and preventing aging. In addition, during hunting, the gel-impregnated skin prevented insect bites and quickly healed small wounds.

In America, the aloe plant had a great value in the religious rites of numerous peoples of Mexico, mainly of the Mayan civilization, who attributed protective and magical effects to it. Christopher Columbus mentions it several times in his logbooks and after the discovery of America it will be the Jesuits monks who are in charge of extending its use for medical purposes.

The Middle Ages

The term aloe derives from the Arabic word alloeh, “bitter and shiny substance”
since it will be the Arabs who later dominate the elaboration of commercial extracts of the plant and extend its use in powder form throughout the Greco-Roman world, reaching India and China.

During the Middle Ages, its plantation spread throughout the Mediterranean arch as a result of the Arab invasion of the Iberian Peninsula, but nevertheless, when the Renaissance arrived, it fell into disuse except for its purgative properties, probably because the climate of northern Europe was not suitable for its cultivation and only arrived in the form of a highly degraded powder.

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Twentieth century

It will be already in the 30s of the 20th century when aloe was rescued from oblivion thanks to the studies of doctors Collins and Wright in the United States who began to verify its effectiveness for the treatment of burns caused by X-rays.

Since that other research works began to be published on its potential as a bactericide or for the treatment of gastric ulcers in the 60s and 70s in the United States, although it was the USSR during the communist regime that carried out the greatest number of investigations, highlighting Dr. Filatov’s on biostimulated aloe.


Currently aloe vera is experiencing a golden age thanks to the constant interest in therapies and natural products and the great profusion of products available to the consumer whose main component is aloe vera gel or juice.

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