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The earliest record of Aloe Vera is found on a 3500 year old Egyptian papyrus about herbal remedies.

It was used in both ancient China and India, also Greek and Roman doctors made great use of it. Legend has it that Alexander the Great was persuaded to capture the Island of Socotra in order to use its Aloe to heal his soldiers’ wounds. Cleopatra is also known to have used it for its cosmetic skin properties.

Through the ages Aloe has been called the Miracle plant, Nature’s Healer and the Burn plant. Though there are over 200 species of Aloe, only about four or five have the strongest medicinal properties. The most potent of these is Aloe Barbadensis Miller, the real Aloe Vera. The plant looks like a cactus but is actually a member of the lily family related to onions and garlic. It grows mainly in tropical and sub tropical climates.

The Aloe Vera leaf produces a gel that can be taken internally or applied topically. This gel contains at least 75 known ingredients including vitamins (in particular B12 which is mainly found in meat), minerals, amino acids, polysaccharides, enzymes, plant sterols, saponins, lignin, anthraquinones, and salicylic acid. It has pain killing, anti-itching, cleansing and antiseptic properties. It helps reduce scarring, increases healing, and contains anti-inflammatory agents. All these ingredients in Aloe work together, known as synergism.

Aloe Vera works in two main areas - the immune system and lining of the body which includes our skin, the lining of the gut, the bronchial tubes and the genital tract. Therefore, it benefits human and animals in these three groups - skin complaints, bowel disorder, disordered immune system.

Taken internally, Aloe also helps to detoxify the body. The detoxifying elements in Aloe help to fight the compounds known as free radicals in our system. It is reported to give a general sense of well being and greater energy to those who take it regularly. It is often taken purely as a health tonic, especially by those with a fast-paced or stressful lifestyle. Aloe is not a miracle cure, it is a natural product that can help the body to heal itself. People experience relief to varying degree and there are no known side effects.

Applied topically, Aloe has natural moisturising properties, penetrates deep into several layers of tissues and helps the healing from the inside.

Aloe works equally on humans and animals and could well have been first introduced into Britain as an aid to veterinary surgeons as The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Coat of Arms contains an Aloe Vera plant.

Due to its increasing popularity Aloe Vera is becoming more open to abuse than other natural remedies. It is necessary to ensure that the all Aloe Vera used is stabilised, carries the International Aloe Science Council seal of approval and is the main ingredient.

Information supplied by:
Helen Raggett
Tel: 01273 564829

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