What makes Aloe Vera so special?

13.06.2018

  

In the last 100 years, Aloe barbadensis Miller, or Aloe Vera Linné, has increasingly come under the spotlight and is the subject of research worldwide. It was first described in 1735 by Carl Linnaeus, Professor of Botany and Director of the Botanical Gardens in Uppsala, Sweden. This aloe, depending on the environment in which it grows, is able to create the largest natural moisture reserve containing many substances important for people and animals. Depending on climatic conditions, this moisture reserve takes the form of a solid or viscous gel.

This fluid, transparent and clear as water, is known today as Aloe Vera. Currently, Aloe Vera is used all over the world as the variety of aloe with the safest and most reliably positive action on the skin and for mucous membrane regeneration.

 

 

Globally, botany recognises over 350 species. Aloe characteristically looks very similar to a cactus, but is a member of the Liliaceae family. The substances in the plants are determined by the right climate and cultivation method. We therefore rely on a fair trade partnership with smallholders and gentle mixed-culture cultivation in energy-rich locations with a suitable climate in Ecuador.

This unique plant is also a succulent; that is, a plant with a water reservoir that needs very little water in order to survive, but cannot tolerate a lot of rain. The evergreen plants are also known as “century plants” and are extremely potent. The Aloe Vera’s majestic leaves have an external waxy coating. Tiny stomata close during the day but open at night for substance exchange. The plants grow for many years, and in this time, they create veritable moisture reservoirs inside their leaves, containing almost immeasurable vital energy. Aloe Vera is a real survival artist! It has developed ideal protective properties to withstand long periods of drought and to guard against moisture loss. Maybe this is why it is frequently called a “desert lily”. The plant tries to withstand droughts by drawing on its own constituent ingredients to survive. Its precious treasure chamber – the reservoir bursting with moisture – delivers first-rate nutrients and building materials. The outer, spiky leaf rind provides many-faceted protection, particularly from animals.

 

 

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