Aloe Vera’s botanical benefits

At Eternal Skincare the key ingredient to our products is Aloe Vera, but what is it, where does it come from and more importantly what are the secrets behind this extraordinary plant that has been used by humans for thousands of years?

Barbadensis Millar is the scientific name for Aloe Vera. There are more than 400 plants in the Aloe family but Aloe Vera has the most benefit to humans. Historically, Aloe Vera has been used as a natural remedy for a multitude of health and beauty ailments and conditions.  From native Americans to Nomads, Egyptians to the ancient Chinese, the plant has been highly regarded around the globe.

The plant itself is usually found growing happily in hot climates that have very little rainfall or water.  But, although it usually grows in desert-like conditions (and because of its appearance with its long green leaves with sharp barbs) there’s a common misconception attached to it that this plant is part of the cactus family – which it is not.

However, like cacti, the reason the Aloe family can survive and thrive in dry conditions is because it has adapted to its surroundings by effectively storing the limited water available in the main, thicker areas of its body.

Aloe Vera does this inside its multitude of leaves which can grow to 50cm long each.  Inside each leaf, a fresh yellowish gel-like liquid can be found.  This is the part of the plant that has been used worldwide for Centuries for its amazing health and healing properties.

This natural extract holds a host of botanical blessings which includes amino acids, enzymes, hormones, minerals, natural sugars, and vitamins, among others.   Each single one of these elements then have their own unique properties and qualities which can assist the human body. Some of the amazing qualities include: uses as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, antiviral and antioxidant.

Due to its beneficial genetic makeup, Aloe Vera has been used to treat a host of conditions and ailments inside and outside of the body.  The list is almost endless but common historical uses have included: a digestive aid, heartburn, high blood pressure, arthritis, burns and skin conditions like dermatitis.

In fact, the Egyptians mentioned Aloe Vera in their medical papyrus of herbal knowledge (Ebers Papyrus) which is one of the most important papyri of ancient Egypt. This is possibly why around 6000 years ago they called it the ‘Plant of Immortality’.  But being so highly regarded around the world it wasn’t just the Egyptians who had their own name for it.  Aloe Vera has been given a plethora of nicknames around the world and is also commonly referred to as the ‘Medicine Plant’, ‘Miracle Plant’, ‘Silent Healer’, and ‘First Aid Plant’, among others.

The Egyptians’ were clearly ahead of their time as Queen Nefertiti and Queen Cleopatra allegedly used Aloe as part of their beauty regimes.  Both Queens being in hot climates could possibly instantly feel the benefits of Aloe’s hydrating and moisturising properties for the skin.  What they possibly didn’t realise though was that Aloe Vera also helps to soothe sore and damaged skin as well as helping promote skin renewal.  Using Aloe Vera after hours in the searing sun would have also had effects similar to using a modern but natural after sun product.

This wonderful plant with its botanical benefits is the reason we use it as the main ingredient in our skincare range.  To explore our range of products which are rich in organic Aloe Vera please visit http://www.eternalskincare.com/shop.

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