Aloe

The ABC’s of Indie Lee Beauty

(Agriculture, Botany and Composition)

Family Asphodelaceae.There are over 300 known species of Aloe. This plant is recognized for its green (sometimes grey-green) succulent leaves that can grow to 2 feet each and produce orange and yellow flowers. The leaves are coveted for the clear gel inside them. Geography: Common in tropical climates throughout Africa and in parts of Central, South and North America, India and the Middle East, the Aloe plant is believed to have originated in the Arabian peninsula.

Historical Uses

Used since ancient times, Aloe has been referred to as the “First-aid plant”, “Plant of Life”,“Plant of Immortality” and has even been mentioned in the Bible. The name comes from the Arabic word “Alloeh” meaning “shining bitter substance,”. The Latin word “vera” means “true.” More than 2200 years ago, Ancient Egyptians and Greeks called it a cure-all with amazing healing properties. It has been used topically since then to treat burns, cuts, wounds and sunburn and has been a go to ingredient for its emollient and softening properties to help deliver younger and smoother looking skin.

Stories & Legends

Cleopatra used Aloe for its beauty benefits. Upon death, it was given as a gift to the Pharoahs in Egypt and appears in stone carvings of that period.