There’s a myth which says that Cleopatra used Aloe Vera to keep her skin soft. The Aloe Vera plant has a long history of healing power. Its ability to heal burns and cuts and soothe pain has been documented as far back as the 10th century.
The modern use of Aloe Vera was first recognized in the 1930s to heal radiation burns. Since then, it has been a common ingredient in ointments that heal sunburn, minor cuts, skin irritation, and many other ailments.
So there’s this story, where I heard the first time about Aloe Vera, it pretty much caught my attention, so the plant pretty easily caught my attention.
So lets get to the story, at a party attended by the noted writer, Gertrude B. Foster, a guest thoughtlessly folded back the cover of a pack of paper matches to strike a light. The flare ignited the whole packet and before he could drop it in an ashtray his thumb and forefinger were painfully burned.
The hostess quickly seized a cactus like plant from the window sill, cut off a succulent leaf, and applied the cut end to the burn.
A transparent mucilaginous gel from the leaf brought instant relief of the pain and dried in a few minutes without stickiness.
As other guests gathered around to watch this unusual first aid treatment, the hostess explained, “I always keep Aloe in the house for first aid. I remember how my mother in Sweden used it in the kitchen for. burns.”
The next day, Mrs. Foster called the guest who had been burned and treated with a house plant to see how he was.
He reported that the skin was not the least red and the pain had gone completely.
After such a vivid demonstration of its worth, he wanted to know more about the amazing plant.
This story caught curiosity about the plant so I started doing some research on the plant.
The Aloe Vera Plant
The succulent leaves of Aloe Vera are one of nature’s perfect packaging miracles. Break a leaf off the fleshy stem from which a fan of sessile leaves radiate, and the plant quickly seals in the vital juices.
Even the cut segment will heal over the end where it is sliced and retain its plumpness to remain green for several days. In a refrigerator it keeps for two or three weeks.
The transparent pulp from a fresh-cut leaf helps the work of healing cuts and burns. It is used in shampoo, sunburn lotions, and burn ointment that has been given government contracts after testing at Los Alamos proving ground under the auspices of the US Atomic Energy Commission.