#BlackHistoryEats / Day 05 / Aloe vera
- The Aloe Vera plant (Aloe barbadensis) is native to Sudan and quickly spread in popularity of use throughout the Mediterranean
- Its uses were discovered on ancient papyrus scrolls and it was referred to by Egyptians as 'the plant of immortality'
- There are more than 500 different species of this succulent plant
- Alternative names are 'Lily of the Desert', 'Burn Plant, and 'Elephant's Gall'
- Aloe comes from the Arabic word “alloeh” (meaning shining, bitter substance)
HEALTH + USES /
- Now, aloe is often used topically to prevent skin cancer and to treat sunburns, general burns, stomach ulcers, arthritis, and insect bites
- Traditionally, it has also been used in India for constipation, colic, and work infections
- In Trinidad, Tobago, and Mexico it is among the many herbal remedies for treating type 2 diabetes and hypertension (it is said that the juice helps lower ones blood sugar)
- Aloe gel (from the center of the leaf) is a key ingredient in my popular skin care and cosmetic products
- From an herbal medicine perspective, aloe vera juice is frequently used as a digestive aid
- Aloe vera is rich in vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, niacin (B3), B6, folic acid, and choline
- Aloe vera is a succulent which means that it is mostly made of water. However, it also contains glycoproteins (sugar proteins that are anti-inflammatory) and polysaccharides (sugars that stimulate skin growth and repair)