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History of Aloe Vera Plant - Natural Aloe Vera Products

Updated on January 2, 2012

The generic name “aloe” comes from the Arabic term “alloeh” that means a bright and bitter substance and vera means a true or genuine prickly plant. It has been mentioned in the history that “Alexander the Great” was able to conquer the island of Socotra in the South of Arabia because there were large numbers of aloes in that land which helped in instant healing of the wounds of the soldier. Also Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian Pharaoh” herself used aloe on a daily basis as an essential ingredient in her daily body care, so Aloe Vera has been used for many centuries due to its medicinal and therapeutic properties without any clear understanding or scientific analysis of each of its properties. Today, aloe vera is used in almost all the countries around the world in modern medicine to treat multiple medical conditions at the same time. Benefits of aloe vera juice, gel, cream, and shampoo are well known throughout the world. Aloe vera is also being used by the cosmetic industry, pharmaceutical companies, food and beverage industries, and naturapathics of alternative medicine, ayurvedic medicine, and natural medicine.

Health benefits of homemade aloe vera juice
Health benefits of homemade aloe vera juice

Distribution and Origin of Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera plant is native to Africa, specifically to the Arabian Peninsula. Aloe vera plant grows in arid and sandy environment and in tropical climates. Aloe vera plant and its benefits were first introduced to America by Christopher Columbus in the time of the discovery of America around October 12th, 1492 because Columbus used aloe vera medicine for treatment of medical conditions and wounds of his crewmembers. During those years, Spain already had considerable plantations of aloe vera plant.

From the leaves of Aloe vera, we can extract or obtain three types of commercial aloe vera products namely:

  • A dry exudate that is excreted from the cells of aloin present in the vascular area, known as Aloe which is a famous natural drug known for its cathartic effect and is also used as a bitter agent in alcoholic beverages.
  • A liquid concentrate of mucilage present in the center of the leaves, known as a aloe vera gel that is used as a dermatological product and a beneficial agent for the skin by the cosmetics industry and pharmaceutical companies. Aloe vera gel is also used in beverages as a dietary supplement.
  • An oil known as Aloe vera is extracted by organic solvent/lipid fraction of the leaves and used by the cosmetic industry in preparation of aloe vera oil for hair, aloe vera oil for face, and aloe vera oil for skin.

A list of Natural Aloe Vera Products:

Aloe Vera Shampoo

Alove Vera Lavender Cream

Aloe Vera Firming Treatment for Face

Aloe Vera Baby Lotion

Aloe Vera Face Cleanser

Aloe Vera Foot Scrub

Aloe Vera Suncreen Cream

Aloe Vera Suntan Lotion

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Heat Lotion

Aloe Vera Acne Cream

Pure Aloe Vera Gel

Pure Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera Shaving Cream


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      stammyu 7 years ago

      Im a fan of the Aloe only Made from Earth skincare line. I have never seen a more natural aloe. It is not a gel - its a thick lotion-type product that feels exactly like aloe.

      No scent, no color. Just aloe vera.

      It is refreshing straight out of the bottle at room temp or can be kept in the frig for a more cooling, soothing immediate effect.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Aloe vera is extensively used all over the world, not just recently but it has been in use since many centuries including Japan and other Asian countries.

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      sanatos 7 years ago

      I've heard it is widely used in Japan since.. ever

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Natural remedies and herbs treat our problems from the root and that is why it takes time to heal up but artificial medicine only cures the signs and symptoms of a disease making you feel relieved very fast that is why people buy artificial medicine but people do not know that when they stop these meds just after a few more days or months the signs and symptoms begin to develop again requiring higher dosage of medicine than what they took previously. That is why I always advice my friends to take the natural herb route so that they kill their problems from the roots and not from the stem.

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      Good hub, my son had bad stomach probs couple years ago and someone told him to just break off stem of aloe and put in glass and drik water from it all day, and he said it did take care of it and he had been all kind dif meds that did nothing. I believe in natural healings, all chemicals do is cover up pain and too many side effects. Sometimes theres no choice but when there is...go with the real thing.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Aloe vera juice has not only the ability to detoxify out body off toxins but also provides benefits in treatment of many medical ailments. Thanks for your expert comment friend.

    • profile image 7 years ago

      known about Aloe Vera for a while but this hub goes into a lot of interesting detail I had no idea about.thanks Soni

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes, aloe vera is a great herb Mrs. Smith. It is effective in treatment of many types of medical conditions.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Aloe Vera is great. I have used for allergic reaction rashes and sunburn

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      That's really good Veronica. Here in India aloe vera is called gwarpaathaa and it is cultivated in mostly all the homes in rural India due to its natural benefits.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the information soni. I love Aloe Vera and try to keep a piece of one in my home as regularly as possible.