THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ALOE VERA
The aloe vera originally comes from the area of the Arabian Peninsula. But it was exported to almost every country over the centuries. Aloe therefore also comes from the Arabic language area and means something like “bitter”, which is due to the taste of the leaves. Vera is Latin and means “real” or true”. That is why aloe vera is also called real aloe or bitter tuft in German-speaking countries.
There are around 250 species of the Aloe Vera genus. It is a so-called grass tree plant, although its appearance is more reminiscent of cacti or agaves. It grows without a stem and forms a rosette of thick, fleshy, pointed leaves with spiny leaf margins. Depending on the location, the aloe vera reaches a height and diameter of around 60 cm. In January it forms a long-stalked inflorescence that grows vertically upwards. Depending on the variety, yellow, red or orange tubular flowers grow in clusters around the stem.
Healing powers are attributed to aloe vera. The juice of the leaves has been used for skin care since ancient times. The juice is mainly used for medicinal purposes. For example, it has a cleansing effect on acne or has a calming effect on neurodermatitis. The juice of a freshly cut leaf cools minor burns and promotes the healing process. It also supports the healing of cuts, poorly healing wounds and abscesses. Aloe Vera in care products reduces dandruff formation, strengthens the hair roots and thus works against hair loss. Taken orally, in the right dosage, the plant juice can also be used as a laxative.