There's a good reason why Aloe Vera has been such a popular healing plant in so many cultures. There's probably no plant on earth that offers such a wealth of benefits. On this page we want to tell you something more about this amazing plant, that really appears to be a ‘living medicine chest’.
For you to discover:
1. Properties and benefits of Aloe Vera
The gel offers many benefits. The following list is by no means exhaustive, but gives a very good impression:
The benefits of Aloe Vera juice, to be taken orally, include:
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2. Why is Aloe Vera so effective?
A short overview of the active substances that are found in Aloe Vera gel:
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3. Short history of Aloe Vera
Arab traders were probably responsible for its spread into Persia, India and the Far East and the name Aloe was derived from the Arabic word Alloeh meaning ‘shining bitter substance’ because of the bitter liquid found in the leaves. Vera, which means true in Latin, was added later on in order to distinguish the most popular and widely used species of Aloe - Aloe Barbadensis Miller - from the rest.
Aristotle was reputed to have persuaded his student Alexander the Great to seize the island of Socorra for the Aloe Vera that grew there. The plant could survive unplanted for many years and so could be carried as an emergency treatment for wounds suffered by Alexander's troops.
In the first century AD the Greek physician Dioscorides (41-68 AD).wrote in his Materia Medica that the Aloe Vera extract could be used to treat burns, wounds, stomach complaints, constipation, hemorrhoids, headaches, all mouth problems, hair loss, insect bites, kidney ailments and skin irritations.
In Africa the Aloe Vera plant was used for stomach aches and to prevent infection from insect bites, while the Chinese used Aloe for treating eczema. In ancient India Aloe was called 'The Silent Healer' and used to heal skin conditions and inflammation.
Eventually the Aloe Vera plant was introduced into the Americas. In Mexico the juice was used to treat skin complaints and wounds. In Central and South America people used the juice as an insect repellant and for various medicinal treatments.
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4. How do I know that Aloe Vera products in the shop are as effective as the pure gel?
Many Aloe Vera products are essentially made from dried Aloe Vera (powder), diluted with water. This is easy to expose using this 'trick': just put a little bit of gel on a saucer and place it in the sun. After a while, pure Aloe Vera gel will discolor, because several working ingredients in the gel react with sunlight. Powder-based gel, on the other hand, will not discolor, because these active ingredients are mostly filtered out. This is also the reason why Onima Aloe Vera products should be kept away from the sun.
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5. Are the benefits of Aloe Vera scientifically proven?
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