Aloe vera has a remarkable history across eras and regions when it comes to daily care. It has been used by various civilizations for healing and cosmetic purposes, which is evident from old records. Throughout history up until today, aloe vera has been considered an ‘elixir’, a true miracle plant from nature. The goodness of antioxidants and vitamins in aloe vera gives this plant its nourishing and moisturizing properties, making it a natural and effective ingredient for skincare as well as haircare. Let’s travel back in time on a journey through the ages as we explore the rich history of aloe vera. Ready for the ride? Hop in!
The earliest documentation of aloe vera is found on the clay boards from Nippur in what is now modern-day Iraq. In this period, most illnesses were regarded as a curse that only a divine plant with healing properties like aloe vera, could cure.
The usage of aloe vera was common in the pursuit of physical beauty in ancient Egypt. Studies say that Cleopatra and Nefertiti applied aloe vera to their skin regularly as part of their beauty regimes.
Aloe vera has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Known during the Vedic Period as Ghritkumari, aloe vera has been considered an important Ayurvedic plant due to its multi-purpose nature.
During the reign of Emperor Nero, the physician and naturalist, Dioscorides travelled far and wide, researching new methods of medication. He recommended the use of aloe juice for the treatment of wounds, skin irritation, sunburn, acne, and hair loss, among others.
In Chinese culture, aloe vera has been an important ingredient in medical treatments since the era of the Marco Polo expeditions. The treatment book of Shi Shen also presents aloe vera as an important everyday plant in Chinese life.
In Japanese medieval society, the plant was highly regarded. It was known as an ‘Elixir of Life’ and used by Samurais for embrocation.
Understood and recognized by this point in human history for its healing and remedial properties, famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus first gave the name and identified this miracle plant as Aloe peforiata var. vera.
A few years later, another botanist Nicolaas Laurens Burman gave this miracle plant the name we know today, aloe vera.
Now you know that aloe vera has been quite the sensation all through history, for both its healing as well as cosmetic uses. Which is why, even today it is considered by many as the miracle plant of nature. Courtesy: its multi-purpose nature. With the intent of bringing the goodness of aloe vera closer to everyone, BoroPlus also has its own aloe gel product that’s 100% organic. It is all-natural and free from harmful chemicals like parabens, sulphates, and mineral oils. In fact, it has been made keeping in mind modern-day skincare and haircare needs too.
So, why wait when you can count on this miracle gel (tried and tested by ancestors) to give you that flawless skin and fabulous hair? Be sure to try it and see its magic for yourself.