Ancient Chinese and Egyptians used aloe vera to treat burns, wounds, and reduce fever.
Legend reports that Alexander the Great, upon the advice of Aristotle, conquered the island of Socotra, off the coast of Africa, to secure supplies of aloe vera in order to treat wounded soldiers.
Nowdays, Aloe Vera is used extensively in cosmetics and has seamlessly integrated itself into everything we use.
It’s a green cactus looking plant about one or two feet tall with prickly and bitter leaves and has antiviral and antibacterial properties . The leaves hold a gooey translucent gel which has unbelievable healing properties. It is made up of 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds and a protein which contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body and vitamins A, B, C and E.
One of the most crucial elements found in Aloe Vera gel is a complex carbohydrate known as acemannan. It allows nutrients to reach the cells, nourish them and at the same time relieve them of toxins.
Since the skin needs nutrition of its own, Aloe Vera, when formulated into a properly designed personal care regimen, can treat, exfoliate, restore, reveal and provide constant impressive nutrition to the human skin.
Once you move past the slimy texture of natural Aloe Vera gel and apply it to your skin, you'll notice how soothing and cooling it is. And it's for these exact reasons Aloe Vera is also known as the miracle herb that can be used to treat wounds, minor cuts, dry skin and severe burns.
Aloe vera is rich in Vitamin C, E and beta carotene which gives it its nourishing and anti-ageing qualities. It can moisturize the skin without making it greasy, which makes it a great buy for those with oily skin.
Aloe Vera or Aloe Vera-based products can be used in the winter as well as in the summer and by people of all skin types. Furthermore, Aloe Vera treats the cells on the epithelial level of the skin which is why it's recommended by dermatologists to remove tan, treat sunburn and stretch marks.