The Facts About Aloe Vera – From Ancient To Modern Times…
First and foremost, what is Aloe Vera? Aloe vera has many names eg; Miracle Plant, Silent Healer, the Burn Plant also the Medicine Plant.
It is a succulent plant which looks like a cactus. It is also part of the lily family which includes onion, garlic and asparagus. Due to its health benefits and medicinal properties, history shows us that it’s one of the most mentioned plants that has benefited mankind through the centuries.
The word “Aloe” comes from the Arabic word “alloeh” or Hebrew word “halal”, meaning bitter shiny substance; whereas ” Vera” in Latin, means “true”. There are over 400 species of Aloe grown around the world; however, it’s the Aloe barbadensis miller “True Aloe” plant which is most useful because of its medicinal properties.
According to history, the aloe vera plant goes back as far as ancient Egypt. In fact, the plant was regarded as sacred and said to hold the secrets to beauty, health and immortality. Both Queen Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti used it as a part of their daily skincare and beauty regime`. Importantly, to add to the facts about aloe vera, it is mentioned in several places in the Bible (The Old and New Testaments).
The Eber’s papyrus (an early Egyptian relic) dating back to around 1,500 B.C to 400 B.C is an eye-opener. It includes twelve different recipes for using aloe vera externally and internally. It also has instructions for treating ailments and diseases.
The papyrus covers 110 pages and discusses many topics such as digestion, dermatology, dentistry and gynaecology and how to treat them. In addition to ancient Egypt, aloe vera has played a major part where herbal healing is concerned in many cultures down through the ages. As a matter of interest Alexander, the Great and Christopher Columbus used it to treat soldiers wounds. Researchers have found it was used by ancient Chinese and Indian cultures. Also, Greek and Roman physicians such as Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder used it in their practices.
Facts about Aloe Vera and it’s health benefits
You can find a lot more facts about aloe vera and its health benefits by doing more research on the topic. On that note, how does aloe vera affect us today and what are the benefits? Here in the 21st century, people are more health conscious and want to use natural health products to look better and feel better. Therefore, armed with the facts of ancient times; a lot of research and study has gone into knowing the properties and benefits of aloe vera. In the light of that, the result is a plethora of aloe health and beauty products on the market for our use.
Here are some facts about aloe vera from Dr Peter Atherton and how it helps in our quest for better health.
Dr Peter Atherton (Mb.ChB., D.Obst.R.C.O.G., F.R.C.G.P.) Background
He began life as a doctor at Leeds University where he qualified in 1968. He then served in Northern Ireland, Hong Kong and Nepal with the Royal Army Medical Corps. Following that, he took up a general practice post in the market town of Buckingham. He worked there as a GP for nearly 30 years. Following early retirement from the NHS, he pursued a career in complementary medicine. He became Director of the Tyringham Clinic, Europe’s largest residential naturopathic clinic.
After spending three years in the Skin Department of a District Hospital, He developed an interest in dermatology during his medical practice. While serving in the Far East, he gained an understanding of the power of herbal remedies. This interest coupled with the understanding of the power of herbal remedies led to his fascination with aloe vera.
He lectures extensively on the medical aspects of aloe vera and is the author of three books on the subject. The latest entitled ‘Aloe Vera the Medicine Plant’ is already on the way to being an international bestseller. In addition, he is now a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. This is the highest recognition in his branch of the profession.
So How Can Aloe Vera Help Us?
Aloe gel contains at least 75 known ingredients and many more, which are yet to be discovered. When it comes to the facts about aloe vera and its benefits, let’s hand you over to our expert. Click on the pdf link below to know the reasons why aloe is good for you.
Dr Peter Atherton MB ChB, DObst RCOG, FRCGP Peter has gained a great understanding of the power of herbal remedies whilst serving in the Far East and India and has published three books on the subject of aloe vera. He studied the medical effects of aloe vera as a Research Fellow at Oxford University. He is also an Advisory Board Member of Forever Living Products.