Plant Week 2012: The Amazing Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera belongs to a larger class of plants called xeroids which have a special chemical makeup which closes any wound almost immediately so the plant will not lose its precious water.  The wound then heals with almost miraculous rapidity and the plant begins to grow in another direction.  Ancient man observed this, reasoned that if it worked for the plant it would work for him, and thus, from the earliest written history, we find references to Aloe Vera.  One such in John, 19-39 in the Bible:  "Nicodemus also, who had at first come to him at night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes about a hundred pounds weight."  The mention was made because the aloes were an article of value.  Women of that time used them as cosmetics and for healing lotions; the gel was used as a laxative and external and internal healing agent.

Aloe Vera Plant Health Benefits
Everybody knows Aloe Vera is great for cuts and sunburns, even bug bites. It's been called the "First Aid" plant. Aloe Vera's soothing gel inside the thick, succulent leaves is an incredible natural skin care "product." But what about the rest of the body: are there benefits for your insides too?

What's In Aloe Vera That Makes It So Special & Valuable?

Aloe Vera is one of the most powerful antioxidants to occur naturally.  It's constructed with the basic building blocks of life, including essential vitamins and minerals, proteins, polysaccharides, enzymes, and amino acids. (Some people drink Aloe Vera for physical endurance and stamina, instead of energy drinks!) The bulk of the aloe vera leaf is filled with gel, which is approximately 99% water. The other 1% contains over at least 75 known nutrients including 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 200 active plan compounds called phytonutrients, enzymes and of course, water.

Stood The Test Of Time

After originating in Africa, Aloe Vera fell into disuse as the seat of civilization moved to temperate zones, where the plant would not thrive.  Other remedies were substituted, and since most modern medicine comes from the culture of the temperate zones, it has been only recently that Aloe has been "rediscovered" and has come back into general use.  Ironically enough, it was the invention of the X-ray and the atom bomb which again focused attention upon the plant, for it was found early in the search for protection against radiation burns that the best treatment was Aloe gel.

Currently, Aloe Vera is gaining popularity in our culture in the area of commercial drinks.  Many say Aloe Juice is gaining popularity because:
Please share the love of the amazing Aloe Vera plant with your friends!

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