A Brief History of Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one of the world’s most recognizable natural remedies for skin issues, showing up as a main ingredient in moisturizers and other products that provide relief from sunburns, wind burns, and more. But where does ale vera originate and why has it become so popular. Today, we decided to share a brief history of this wonderful plant.
Aloe vera is generally considered to originate in the hot, dry climates of Northern Africa, where it flourished and eventually moved around the world. The plant is inherently adaptable, which is why its spread in the ancient and modern world has been so simple. Many people today can grow an aloe vera plant on a window sill with very little regular attention, cutting off leaves as they need to use for any number of reasons.
Some of the first documented uses of aloe vera don’t come from Northern Africa, but from India, where it was used much in the same way as it is used today: as a skin treatment. It grew in popularity over the centuries as well, finding its way into documents all around the ancient world. In ancient Egypt, women associated the plant with beauty. In China and Greece, it was used for herbal remedies, also mostly involving relief from skin pain.
Aloe vera has also found its way into our food. People in Tamil make a specialty curry with the plant and, in Japan, aloe vera-flavoured yoghurt is a popular treat.
Aloe vera didn’t make its way into Western medicine until the late 1800s, when scholars discovered that it was referenced in so many ancient cultures. The mentions on Ancient Egyptian scrolls were some of the first modern day associations that people discovered, and soon after Western medical professionals started inquiring as to how the plant could help with skin issues. In general, however, Western medicine has been slow to trust ancient methods, with many scientific studies being too small and too inconclusive to recognize its healing powers.
That being said, aloe vera has become a popular ingredient in many products that can help with skin issues. Aloe vera hydrosols, for example, can offer a cooling and soothing feeling to skin that has suffered abrasions or minor burns. While some people use aloe vera directly, many others find the ease and versatility offered by aloe vera hydrosols to be the best way to use its healing powers. Some people will even add aloe vera hydrosols to their favourite moisturizers, shampoos, and soaps for an added soothing feeling.
Aloe vera has been working wonders since ancient times and can continue to offer relief to people today. You can find this plant almost anywhere, from people’s window sill gardens to Japanese yoghurts, and its adaptability and versatility has made this plant continually popular and, indeed, a worldwide phenomenon.