We all know of it, and most of us have it growing on the windowsill at home.
But how did the famed succulent become so popular? And synonymous with a quick DIY sunburn treatment?
We can trace the origins of Aloe Vera from the sandy deserts of the Arabian Peninsular, and then later spread through trade from as early as the 15th century.
The plant loves arid soil and is extremely draught resistant- making it a true survivor and very successful.
Aloe Vera is not only easy to keep alive, but it has a host of beauty and nutritional benefits:
There is some evidence that topical use of aloe products might relieve symptoms of certain skin disorders, such as psoriasis, acne and rashes.
Aloe Vera gel is used commercially as an ingredient in yoghurt, beverages, and some desserts
Aloe Vera’s skin healing properties were reported to be discovered as early as the 15th century but is suspected to have been used topically much earlier than that.
With large conglomerates like Herbal Essences investing in research from top botanical institutions like Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, the future of aloe looks bright.
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