Notable for its mysterious beauty, its wild grace and its legendary therapeutic properties, Aloe Arborescens has, in some civilisations, been considered a divine essence.
Called the “plant of health and beauty”, “the burns plant”, “the first aid plant” and even “the miracle plant”, it receives its first historical documentation in 1500 BC in the papyrus of Ebers.
These ancient Egyptian documents describe in the meticulous detail Aloe’s medicinal value. Held to be the plant whose sap lends health, beauty and eternity, it was hailed as the plant of immortality.
The author of Ancient Greek herbal guides, Dioconide (41-48 AC) claims the plant can induce sleep, fortify the body, flatten and purify the stomach and can be applied to wounds and used in cases of haemorrhoids, headaches, hair loss, gum and mouth diseases, sunburn, skin irritations and more still.
For the Emperors of mystic China, the prickly leaves of the healing Aloe personified the sacred nails of the divinity, they called it “Lu-Hui”, believing it conducive to good health, happiness, love, longevity and fertility.
In India the Aloe was named “The Divine Sceptre”, as its leaves pointed to the heavens. The American Indians called it “The Sky’s Magic Wand”, being part of a group of sixteen sacred plants worshipped as divine.
In Japan it was known as “Ishra Irasu”, which means “doesn’t need a doctor”. African tribes during flu epidemics bathed in infusions of Aloe to eliminate the virus.
Even in the Bible: John the Baptist 19:39.