The aloe vera plant is also known as the Lily of the Desert. We all know that it is a very helpful plant and now, its benefits are used by multinational companies as well. But what is the history of aloe vera? Let us find out.
History of aloe vera
Aloe vera is a very helpful plant for a very long time. It has been recognized by the earliest civilization as a healing plant and for its health benefits. The ancient people used this to treat the wounds and apply it on the burns for a soothing effect. Cleopatra is said to have used aloe vera in her beauty treatment. After the nuclear bombing in Japan, the patients treated with aloe vera recovered faster than other patients.
This plant is now grown on a commercial basis for the healthy and the moisturizing effect of the plant. The gel found inside the leaves makes it a healthy plant. It is one of the most studied cactuses in the history of medicinal plants. The maturity of the plant is reached by three to four years and the height of the plant is approximately 30 inches. The number of leaves extends up to 21.
The aloe vera plant is constituted of more than two hundred active biological natural components. These include the polysaccharides, enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, minerals and even some types of protein. These are the factors that are responsible for the contribution of the plant to the proper nutrient absorption, the immune system for being healthy and to reduce the number of nitrates in the body.
Where did aloe vera come from?
Well, the history of aloe vera suggests that aloe vera has come from Egypt originally. The conclusion is that aloe vera has been in the human civilization for about 6000 years. The hieroglyphics in Egypt suggest that Cleopatra herself used the potions of aloe vera for her beauty treatment. Who doesn’t know about the miraculous beauty of Queen Cleopatra? She realized the benefit of aloe vera and had used it herself. And the geographical growth of aloe vera can be supported by this idea too. The aloe vera is also called the Lily of the Desert. Egypt is a desert land. It is expected that the aloe vera has first grown here.
The first documented version of the aloe plant has been found in the Mesopotamian civilization as well. The books of this civilization call it a healing plant in case of burns. The Greeks, as famous as the great Alexander has also used the same aloe plant to treat the war wounds of the soldier.
The aloe plant has been very helpful to human beings for a very long time. Originated in Egypt, the plant had gradually spread to the entire world because of its beneficial nature.
Who first discovered aloe vera?
There is no clear notion about who had first discovered aloe vera plant. It has been in the use of human civilization for a very long time to determine that, as said earlier, it was also used by Queen Cleopatra. But the plant was first said to be grown by Christopher Columbus. He is said to have grown the aloe plant in small pots as he had realized the significance of the plant at a very early stage. During his travels, he used to carry these to ensure that the plant serves him in his times of need. Other than that aloe vera was first defined by Carl Linnaeus as Aloe perfoliate 1753. Later its scientific name was given.
Where does aloe vera grow?
Aloe vera is a hardy plant that grows in all kinds of climates as it is a perennial plant. The plant grows in every climate but is best suited to the tropical, subtropical and arid regions. The best growth of the aloe plant can be observed in these regions as they are the places that support the growth of cacti and succulents. The aloe vera is a plant that grows the best in desert lands. The sandy desert soil helps it to grow as it does not need much water. It stores the drawn water in its leaves.
Thus, this is a brief history of aloe vera. It has always been a helpful plant. Grow it and spread the same to your neighbors. Let everyone benefit from the mighty aloe. And if you think your friends have to learn this please share it on your social networks.