It is documented that kathalai, the term used in Ayurvedic medicine, was used in 16th century BC. It appeared in Natural History written by Roman naturalist, and natural philosopher, Pliny the Elder, and in De Materia Medica by Greek botanist, pharmacologist and physician, Pedanius Dioscordies.
Aloe Vera Plant Description
This herbal medicine is a succulent plant species. Most of the researchers state that it probably originated from northern Africa. The first who described the species was Carl Linnaeus in 1753. Carl Linnaeus was a Swedish botanist, zoologist and physician known as the one who founded the modern scheme of binominal nomenclature and as a father of modern taxonomy. After Linnaeus, two other scientists, Nicolaas Laurens Burman and Philip Miller, described the plant.
Aloe Vera is short-stemmed plant that can grow up to 100 centimetres tall. The green or gray-green leaves are thick and fleshy, sometimes showing white flecks on the upper and lower stem surfaces. Most of the people recognize its small white teeth on the leaves. Flowers are produced in summer and they are up to 90 centimetres tall.
Aloe Vera Characteristics
Aloe Vera is a great source of minerals and vitamins. It contains 20 minerals, of which the most important are copper, iron, sodium, calcium, zinc, potassium, chromium, magnesium, and manganese, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E. Moreover, it has 18 amino acids and 200 active enzymes. These compounds have shown great results in treating various conditions and diseases, both in external and internals application.
The most important thing about aloe vera is its anti-inflammatory properties. It has the ability to slow down the inflammation because of the fatty acids, or to stop the inflammation completely due to the injury or some immune system problems. Due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, aloe vera is very lucrative remedy for skin injuries and infections. Its ability to treat scars, burns and cuts is very efficient, and it has been used to treat these problems for centuries. Being an antioxidant, it is great immune system protector against the free radicals. It can also help the body to rejuvenate. It is known that aloe Vera is cellular regenerator and that improves digestion. The compounds found in juice are good laxatives that can help with various conditions.