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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera heals many words. We use it in our herbal teas for the feeling of well-being it can provide.

Aloe Vera, a plant with a rich history and legendary properties

ORIGINS OF ALOE VERA

The history of Aloe Vera begins more than 6,000 years ago.

It is in Lower Mesopotamia, now Iraq, that the first therapeutic uses of this plant by the Sumerians are recorded, through a drawing on a tablet engraved in 2100 years BC. Quickly recognized for its miraculous therapeutic virtues, Aloe Vera was popular with many civilizations: Chinese, Arabic, Indian, Greek, Roman, etc. Pen T'sao is one of the first books on medicinal plants to mention Aloe Vera under the appellation of "harmony remedy". In Egypt, the discovery of this plant is recorded on the oldest surviving document of Egyptian medicine. The Arab civilization was the first to produce commercially Aloe Vera based on mixed sap and pulp. These resinous extracts were used mainly as laxatives. In Indian civilization, Aloe Vera is one of the major plants mentioned in the fundamental texts of Hinduism devoted to plants and preparations intended to treat the sick. The plant was then called the "silent healer".

In Europe, it was used a lot during the Crusades. A component of the "Elixir of Jerusalem", Aloe Vera was (along with palm wine and hemp) used for its longevity properties.

Christopher Columbus, also a lover of the plant, took it on each of his expeditions, affirming that it was part (along with wheat, vine and olive tree) of the plants essential to Man. The first nourishing him, the second elevating his spirit, the third bringing him harmony and the fourth caring for him.

Aloe Vera has been successful in America since scientists discovered that most of the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks were those who had treated their skin with Aloe Vera gel and drank a specially prepared juice. The number of skin cancers in the Japanese was lower than the probable prognosis for a nuclear attack of this magnitude.

 

Little by little, everyone discovered new properties of Aloe Vera: in 1820, the official pharmacopoeia of the United States revealed its laxative properties. In 1935, a group of doctors used it to treat x-ray burns in America. However, it was not until the 1950s that Aloe Vera juice was marketed in Europe.

Carrying many nicknames proof of its virtues and heritage (Stick of the sky, Plant of immortality, Plant of a thousand virtues, Lily of the desert, etc.), Aloe Vera has also been the subject of many writings. Indeed, Aristotle, Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus have examined his healing capacities.

Still characterized as the most miraculous of all plants, Aloe Vera now contains 160 scientifically recognized active ingredients. It consists of more than 70 nutrients including 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins. These properties are therefore exceptional.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF ALOE VERA


Name: Aloe Barbadensis Miller

Family: Aloeaceae

Species: succulent plant

 

A succulent and perennial plant, Aloe Vera belongs to the Lilacae family. It consists of more than 99% water. It is a turgid plant. The remaining percent represents the 160 active ingredients present in Aloe Vera, including many minerals and trace elements: calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, chromium, selenium, magnesium, etc. It is thanks to this very rich composition that Aloe Vera has so many virtues. There are, in all, more than 420 species of Aloe Vera, however few are yet known and used.

Aloe Vera measures between 50 cm and 4 metres in height. It grows in Africa, around the Mediterranean and in hot areas such as the tropics. Its strong presence on Reunion Island has made it known locally as "or don a li li a pié li pren un caro", meaning that it reproduces very quickly. This plant is composed of long, thick green leaves containing a gel, also called latex because of its consistency. It is this part that is the most used, because of the many virtues it has. Aloe Vera gel is pale green with a viscous consistency. This gel is a kind of thick pulp very concentrated in cellulose, glucose and mannose.

 

Aloe Vera is harvested according to the TTS (Time, Temperature, Safety) process in order to preserve its properties during juice production. This should be done until 36 hours after the leaves are harvested. The gel they contain is extracted by a mechanical wire mesh that scratches its leaves and allows the gel to flow out. It must then be directly refrigerated at -5°C to limit its microbiological and enzymatic degradation and obtain a quality juice.

 

USES AND BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA

Aloe Vera is used to heal many words:

Internal use: treatment of inflammatory diseases, pain reduction, fight against hypoglycemia, improvement of the intestinal flora, relief of muscle pain, etc.
External use: accelerated healing, relief of burns and sunburn (applied directly to the skin, Aloe Vera gel can block up to 30% of the sun's rays) and dermatological inflammations (eczema, psoriasis, itching, etc.), wound disinfection, etc.

Curatively, it is usually consumed in the form of capsules, pills, juices, gels and creams. It is also used for cures of several days in prevention.

This plant is also found in many cosmetic products. Aloe Vera helps the penetration of other active ingredients, so its use in cosmetics is very beneficial. Its moisturizing (Aloe Vera can penetrate up to 7 layers of the skin), purifying and disinfecting power is ideal for dry or sensitive skin. It is also appreciated for its anti-aging properties. It was Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, who used it a lot, to perfect her legendary beauty!

Aloe Vera is used in a preventive way but also for the search for well-being in food products: teas, herbal teas and even culinary recipes. Categorized as a "superfood", Aloe Vera provides a diet very rich in vitamins, nutrients and enzymes.

It is said that the bitterness of Aloe Vera has caused several generations of women to apply Aloe Vera extract to their children's fingers to prevent them from sucking their thumbs or biting their nails.

 

Find Aloe Vera, combined with Passion Fruit and Orange Tree in the Pagès range of teas, an exotic blend of plants with an intense taste to help you refocus on yourself. Pagès uses in this herbal infusion the Aloe Vera juice in the form of granules.