Aloe vera is any of a variety of plants of the genus aloe, mostly native to southern Africa, bearing fleshy spiny-toothed leaves and red or yellow flowers; used to soothe and moisturize burns and skin irritations. There are more than 240 different species of aloe, growing mainly in the dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and America. Although aloe vera is a member of the lily family, it is quite cactus-like in its characteristics. The aloe leaf contains more than 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds, including 20 minerals, 18 amino acids, and 12 vitamins.
January 1, 2009
Aloe vera contains numerous vitamins and minerals, enzymes, amino acids, natural sugars, and agents that are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. The combination and balance of the plant’s ingredients are what purportedly gives it its soothing, healing properties.