Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species which grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses.
Aloe Vera is also known as ‘lily of the desert’, the ‘plant of immortality’, and the ‘medicine plant’.
There are over 500 species of aloe growing in climates worldwide and the plant is about 96% water.
The rest of the Aloe Vera contains essential oils, enzymes and glycoproteins; the aloe leaf contains over 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds, including 20 minerals, 18 amino acids, and 12 vitamins.
Aloe Vera ‘extract’ is made by crushing the whole leaves of the plant; but the product here is made directly from the sap of the leaves of cape aloes.
The name was derived from the Arabic ‘alloeh’ meaning ‘bitter’ because of the bitter liquid found in the leaves.
A newly discovered compound in aloe, acemannan, is currently being studied for its ability to strengthen the body’s natural resistance as studies have shown acemannan to boost T-lymphocyte cells that aid the immune system.