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Aloe Vera - The plant of Immortality
Aloe Vera is an ancient plant, which has been found to have significant healing and cosmetic properties, so doctors in ancient times rank it in medical herbs. Aloe Barbadensis Miller or as it is widely known - Aloe Vera - is the most effective and widespread species. Its jelly, which is found in its hard, juicy and fleshy leaves, contains over 200 nutrients.
Dating as far back as 2,200 BC Aloe was discovered on the clay boards from Nippur. The people of this era knew of the cleansing effect of aloe on the intestines. Interestingly enough during this time period it was believed that illnesses were always regarded as demonic possession of the body. Aloe was regarded as a divine plant that had the natural power to exorcise the demons.
In ancient Egypt, the first known written reports on the nourishing juice of the aloe vera plant reach as far back as 6000 years ago. At this time, aloe was regarded as a sacred plant the “blood” of which held the secrets to beauty, health and immortality. Both Cleopatra and Nofretete greatly treasured the nourishing juice and used it as a part of their daily skin and beauty care. When used aloe was regarded as the pursuit of physical beauty. They even embalmed their dead with aloe vera because of its anti-bacterial and anti-fungi qualities. It was believed that in stopping the physical decomposition process eternal life could be attained – both on a physical and a spiritual level. Aloe was known as the “plant of eternity”. Its anti-inflammatory and pain soothing effect were documented in the “papyrus Eber” of 1,550 BC.
In the times of Alexander the Great aloe vera was used as a medicinal treatment in the countries of Asia.
It has been documented that Alexander the Great commanded the use of aloe juice to heal the war wounds to his warriors (356 – 323 B.C.) He went as far as to have transportable carts of planted Aloe for practical reasons in order to have fresh supplies at the ready during his countless battles. It is said, that Aristotle convinced Alexander the Great to capture the Island Socotra specifically to gain possession of their aloe groves – in doing this Alexander acquired enough medication to heal the wounds of his entire battalions.
Around 1100 and during the middle-ages, Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine-nun, describes aloe as a cure for jaundice, gastric-infections, migraine and ulcers.
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