There are approximately 250 species of aloe vera but only 4 of them are cultivated
The aloe vera (or its official name – Aloe Barbadensis) looks is a succulent plant that usually grows without a stem and has thick, green fleshy leaves that can grow as high as 2 or 3 feet. Although it takes the appearance of a cactus it is a member of the Lily family. It is a succulent plant that retains water by closing its pores to prevent moisture from escaping and grows in subtropical and tropical conditions around the world. The plant has been called many names by our ancestors. To the Egyptians, it was the “plant of immortality.” The Native Americans referred to it as the “wand of heaven.” The ancient Greeks thought of the aloe vera as a sort of panacea.
For us who live in contemporary times, the aloe vera continues to be valuable. Aside from being grown as an ornamental plant, it is utilized as an essential ingredient due to containing:
- Amino acids
- Minerals– Aloe Vera contains Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Copper
- Plant sterols
- Salicylic acid
- Vitamins– includes antioxidant vitamins A, C and E and B vitamins
There are approximately 250 species of aloe vera but only 4 of them are cultivated for their health benefits. The most cultivated species, Aloe Vera Barbadensis, originated in North Africa.
This article has been heavily edited due to the health claims, you should do your own research on this plant!
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