The Aloe Vera plant, (from the family Aloeaceae, Aloe barbadensis) evolved in the dry dessert plains of Africa. There are more than 500 varieties of aloe plant.
The Aloe plant is protected on the outside by a thick skin and filled with a moisture gel that contains 360 organic compounds including; amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, hormones, lignin, minerals, salicylic acid, saponins, sterols, vitamins and sugar.
Aloe can survive uprooted for up to 2 years as long as the leaves remain undamaged, making it a perfect food and water source in the desert. The same compounds that protect and heal damaged leafs & spines also work to heal, protect and seal human (and animal) skin from fungus, bacteria or virus.
The magic and medicinal use of Aloe can be traced back 5000 years when the Egyptians first recorded their use. Aloe was used in different formulas for both internal and external healing. The Chinese and the Sumerians also recorded medicinal uses for the Aloe, as did the Greeks and the Romans.
Swampy lives in the US and devotes many spare hours to the study of aloe and how staying properly hydrated can help his hepatitis c condition.
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