We’re all familiar with Aloe Vera – at least by name – and those of us that live in the southern parts of the United States probably have some growing in the garden, or in pots. I know I have used the gel in Aloe Vera to soothe sunburn, but historically the plant has been used as a remedy for a variety of ailments. Today, Aloe Vera is the only Aloe species that isn’t at risk of extinction.
This article, on Dr. Mercola’s website provides an interesting history of Aloe Vera, including research that shows how it probably migrated around the world from its source in the Arabian Peninsula.
Aloe vera is one of the world’s most-used natural plants, with a market worth an estimated $13 billion a year.1 It’s also one of the oldest. Historical documents make mention of aloe vera as medicine circa 65 AD, when it was used to treat soldiers’ wounds and bleeding.
Yet by this time in history aloe was already widely cultivated, which suggests its origins date back much further. Working together, researchers from London’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, and botanists in Africa and Europe have actually analyzed the DNA of close to 200 aloe species to build a “map” of how they’re related and where they originated.
Aloe is said to be native to Africa, but the new research suggests it actually launched from the Arabian Peninsula and migrated along with traders in the region.
Read on for some of the medicinal uses of Aloe Vera…