Aloe Vera’s use can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, where its leaves are depicted on stone carvings from more than 6,000 years ago. The succulent leaves were traditionally presented as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs such was its esteem, with the gel like juice being used as a topical ointment or an oral laxative.
Times have moved on nicely since the time of the pharaohs, seeing Aloe Vera being used around the world as an alternative therapy for diabetes, asthma, epilepsy and osteoarthritis. The oral consumption of Aloe Vera is growing with our understanding, but the topical application to skin has been practiced for millennia. The cooling sensation that Aloe Vera offers is almost instantly apparent, with its application to burns, sunburns and psoriasis standard practice for many.
Whilst the gel of Aloe Vera is used in many lotions and cosmetics, the green leaf can be used to produce Aloe juice or a dried substance known as latex. Aloe latex is consumed orally for its strong laxative capabilities, but regulations are not clear and consequently you should seek the advice of a doctor prior to its consumption. Juices can be used to support digestive health whilst topical application comes with several soothing, conditioning and hydrating benefits. As with any alternative therapy, do be sure not to exceed recommended dosages to avoid toxicology and chronic secondary effects.