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The Aloe vera plant has been known and used for centuries for its health, beauty, medicinal and skin care properties. The name Aloe vera derives from the Arabic word “Alloeh” meaning “shining bitter substance,” while “vera” in Latin means “true.”
Aloe vera has been used for medicinal purposes in several cultures for millennia: Greece, Egypt, India, Mexico, Japan and China.
Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used it as part of their regular beauty regimes.
Alexander the Great, and Christopher Columbus used it to treat soldiers wounds.
The first reference to Aloe vera in English was a translation by John Goodyew in A.D. 1655 of Dioscorides Medical treatise De Materia Medica. By the early 1800s, Aloe vera was in use as a laxative in the United States, but in the mid 1930s, a turning point occurred when it was successfully used to treat chronic and severe radiation dermatitis.
Today, Aloe Vera plant is used for various purposes in dermatology.