Egyptian and Antique Populations Who Used Aloe Vera for Healing

By Brown Articles Published 05/15/2010 | Beauty

Aloe Vera has been used for its healing properties for thousands of years and by many ancient societies. It is believed that the first document that refers to Aloe Vera as a plant with special healing powers is a tablet of clay written in 2100 BC and found in the Sumerian city of Nippur.

A more detailed reference to the medicinal properties of Aloe Vera was found on an ancient Egyptian papyrus dating from 1500 BC. This papyrus was unearthed in 1862 and it clearly describes how the plant was used to treat both external and internal ailments with the use of twelve different formulas, which used Aloe Vera mixed in with other ingredients.

Aloe Vera was also used by Egyptian queens to enhance the beauty of their skin and hair. Notably, Cleopatra the famous queen of Ancient Egypt used Aloe Vera under the form of juice or gel, rubbing it over her body as a daily beauty treatment. This ample use of Aloe Vera made her skin glow and rendered it supple.

 The first ones to use it as a natural remedy for curing diseases were the Sumerians,  the ancient Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Chinese.

There are numerous ancient records throughout history that give evidence of the effectiveness of Aloe Vera as a healing plant, as well as a remedy for skin ailments. The first records go as far back as 2100 BC under the form of a Sumerian tablet that was found, with reference to the medicinal plant.

The Egyptians also used Aloe Vera to treat diseases, including infections, parasites and skin burns.

The ancient Greeks, Arabs and Spaniards also used Aloe Vera before hunting, for it reduces the bodys perspiration and gives a pleasant scent to the body. Spanish missionaries always took a preparation of Aloe Vera with them to help cure the sick and diseased.

So many different populations and throughout many centuries, used Aloe Vera to treat illnesses and enhance their body tone and beauty, that it is no wonder that still today the use of this natural herb is still widespread. It has proved to be effective throughout thousands of years that the authenticity of its powers is no longer mistrusted.

There is also a legend in the Bible that narrates that Aloe Vera was so sought out for that Alexander the Great besieged the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean to stock up on supplies of Aloe Vera, in order to treat his mens wounds.