Originally from Northen Africa, Aloe Vera has been grown and used for its benefits
all over the world and Europe, particularly in Spain, for centuries.
This plant has been used throughtout the world by people for its benefits, as much internal than external.
History shows that aloe vera has been used as much for medical than cosmetic purposes
by Egyptians, Romans, Northen Africa's people, Arabs, Greeks, Indian, Chinese, etc.
A papyrus written 3500 years ago (the original being kept at Leipzig University) describes aloe vera and its medicinal virtues
that had been known for centuries. Historians tell us that Arisotle perusaded Alexander the Great to go and conquer
Socotora Island (Oriental Africa) in order to collect loads of aloe vera used to head the soldiers'wounds.
The first mention of the use of aloe vera as a cosmetic agent is probably that of Cleopatra. She used in secret the gel in her beauty bath. More recently, Peruvian women made an excellent tincture for their hair.In the New Testament (John 19:39),
it is said that Nicodemus came by night, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloe to embalm the body of Jesus Christ.
It is thought to have been aloe vera. There are more references of aloe vera in the bible:
Number 24:6, Proverbs 7:17, Song of Salomon 4:14, Psalms 45:8
Marco Polo discovered that the Cines were using it against stomach aches, as well as rashes (nettles) and other skin diseases.
In the book "The Adventures of Marco Polo" it is mentioned that aloe vera served as a tribute
he paid every every year the the Grand Khan.
A letter written in 1497 by Diego Alvarez Chanca, one of Christopher Colomb's three doctors during his second journey to
America, says that in the ship's logs he mentioned the aloe vera that grew in Hispaniola, "a species that we use in medecine".
Ishmaelites gave such a value to this plant tha the pilgrim who had succeded in making the journey to Mecca
let an aloe vera leave hang on his door as a proof of his pilgrimage.Seminole Indians used the gel in surgery.
Rather that stitch up, they used the gel on the incision to activate cicatrization. This proceeding left little or no scar.