Aloe Vera: Let’s find out more about the ?plant of immortality?

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That Aloe Vera is a plant of many benefits is a well-known fact nowadays. What is maybe not so commonly known is that the numerous beneficial effects of this so-called ?plant of immortality? were discovered about 6.000 years ago. The ancient Egyptians, in fact, were huge lovers of this plant: so much so that the queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti were famous for using its juice daily. For the Egyptians, embalming the dead was fundamental because the body had to remain intact for eternal life and it is precisely Aloe Vera that was used for its antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities. In addition, it was also used as a gift brought to the Pharaoh during the funeral ceremony: the more Aloe Vera was gifted, the more the Pharaoh was loved and respected in life. Furthermore, it was believed that this magic plant also had divinatory properties and it was given to the spouses before marriage, as a symbol of good luck and fertility.

What is fascinating is that we can witness the love that ancient Egyptians had for aloe vera in the Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian medical papyrus of herbal knowledge dating to circa 1550 BC. The scroll contains a number of medical formulas that explain how to use Aloe Vera and how to mix it with other plants, and it also describes all the different properties in curing different diseases, both internal and external. Still nowadays in Egypt having an Aloe planted in front of your house is considered a way to ensure a long and happy life.

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Moving forward a few millennia we can find again the plant of immortality used by none other than Alexander the Great, who had wagons full of Aloe Vera always brought along with the troops: its juice was poured onto the wounds of Greek warriors!

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But it is ancient Rome that gave Aloe it?s glory: Dioscorides, a very famous Roman physician and botanist wrote one of the most illustrious medical books of the first and second millennium, the ?De Materia Medica?, and included a whole chapter on Aloe Vera, describing it as one of its favorite healing plants.

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Let?s make a step forward in time and let?s change continent. In Chinese culture, Aloe was seen as an important medicinal ingredient since the time of Marco Polo’s expeditions. The dried juice of the plant was known as ?Lu-Hui?, which means “Black Deposit”, and is mentioned for the first time in an 11th century book. The book describes the plant as the “method of harmony?

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In Japan it was also known as the “royal plant”, and the juice was used both as a remedy for a number of diseases and it was drunk for its all-round beneficiary effects on the body.

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It is clear that the amazing properties of this ?plant of immortality? go way back, and it is even more amazing that still to this day it is considered one of the best natural remedies on the market.

Maybe it?s because it can be applied in the most varied fields, from cosmetics to therapeutic uses, passing through a food and supplement use.

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For example, applying its gel to dry and dehydrated skin immediately soothes it, and using it as a hair mask ensures shiny and soft hair. If you?ve been bitten by an insect, you can immediately put some Aloe Gel on the sting to get relief and stop the itching! Its immunostimulatory and anti-inflammatory actions are no less, and a deep cleanse of the intestine and detox of the body are only two of the many many advantages that the plant of immortality has to offer.

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In the next articles we will deep dive more into the different uses and application methods of our loved Aloe Vera, so stay tuned for recipes and tricks on how to make the best out of this miracle plant!

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