Aloe vera is one of the most popular house plants, cherished for the simplicity of its cultivation. Originally growing in the Arabian Peninsula, it has been naturalized around the world over the years. It has been used in cosmetology since antiquity, when even Cleopatra favored its ability to soften skin and moisturize it.
It is a succulent species of the genus Aloe.
The genus contains over 560 species, of which aloe vera is the most commonly known.
It originates from the Arabian Peninsula.
It has been naturalized in various regions around the world over time and nowadays is cultivated worldwide.
The plant reaches up to 100 centimeters in length.
Its leaves are green, thick, and fleshy, with small spikes on the edges.
The inner part of a leaf is made of gel and the middle layer of latex.
It is among the most popular plants grown in home gardens as ornamental plants.
The gel found in the leaves is used for various health and cosmetic purposes.
Aloe vera is commonly used as a topical medication to ease skin irritation. It also increases the hydration of the skin.
It has cooling properties similar to menthol.
It can be effectively used to ease pain from any kind of burn.
Studies show that it has anti-plaque properties.
Used as a mouthwash, it can improve dental health and ease gum inflammation.
It helps with blood pressure.
Some research state it can reduce blood sugar, helping with the treatment of Type 2 diabetes.
Because of its antibacterial properties, it is recommended for treating skin with acne problems.
Raw aloe vera has a bitter taste.
Although it is safe for oral ingestion, consuming increased amounts of aloe vera may cause diarrhea and stomach ache.
Systematic use of aloe vera gel on the skin can slightly reduce the visibility of wrinkles.
Aloe vera gel consists of 99% water and the remaining 1% is made of approximately 75 active constituents.
There are various vitamins, such as beta-carotene, vitamins B12, C, and E, amino acids, lipids, soluble fibers, and sterols.
Aloe vera was among the most favored substances used by Cleopatra.
She used its gel in her daily beauty routine to soften her skin.