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Aloe vera: The Remarkable Herbal Medicine

Aloe is the general botanical genus name of the popular plant comprising over 360 species most of which originate from Africa. More species of Aloe are found in South Africa than in any other country in the world. Nearly 40 species of Aloe are found in the wild in Ethiopia with nearly 30 being endemic, signifying that these species are not known elsewhere in the world. Among the endemic species of Ethiopia: Aloe debrana (from Debre Berhan), A. sinana (Debre Sina), A. adigratana (Adigrat), A. ankoberensis (Ankober), A. yavellana (Yabello) etc. These plants are found as indicated in their names in specific localities. As many of these species of Ethiopia do not occur in any other country, the people here have special responsibility to conserve and care for them.
Aloe species have been introduced over the ages in different parts of the world to as far as the West Indies in the New World, to China and Japan in the Orient. Aloe species characteristically possess thick succulent leaves but could vary considerably from each other in size, leaf and flower forms and shapes, such as from the tiny decorative pot plant A. aristata to the giant tree A. arborescens, the popular medicinal plant cultivated in Japan.
The name Aloe is believed to be derived from the Hebrew or Arabic word “Alloeh” meaning “bitter”. The use of Aloe as medicine goes back to the days of the Egyptians. Legend has it that Cleopatra kept her fine complexion by spreading Aloe juice over her skin daily to prevent sunburn.
    A. vera is by far the most popular Aloe in the world as there is more scientific information on it than on any other Aloe species. A. vera is a domestic plant, known only in gardens and in cultivation sites but not in the wild. When very mature Aloe leaf is cut on the edge, bitter yellow exudate drips out, which when dried yields the laxative aloe drug, with the compound aloin as the active laxative component. If on the other hand the leaf is sliced in the middle into two parts, a viscous gel appears, which is remarkably effective in soothing and healing wounds and burns. The gel is made up of mucopolysaccharides, a group of complex natural polymers, which are responsible for the skin healing properties of Aloe gel.Aloe gel helps damaged skin cells to revive quickly and then multiply, thus making it useful to treat wounds and ulcer. Aloe gel is anti-oxidant. It neutralizes skin damaging active oxygen species or free radicals. The polysaccharides of the gel has soothing effect on mucous members and irritated skin.
    No wonder then, that Aloe body care products such as creams, soaps, shampoo etc enjoy worldwide demand with sales per annum of billions of U.S. dollars. Furthermore aloe products alleviate sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver troubles, aging, hemorrhoids, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, athlete’s foot etc. In short A. vera is a useful household remedy that should be within easy reach of family members. Keep an A. vera pot plant at your home and use the gel from a mature leaf for some of the above mentioned purposes. The reference can be viewed by clicking the download button.