If its geographical origin continues to remain a doubt, with regards to its history however, traces of papers discussing the customary use and the benefactions of aloe vera have been found dating back to more than 5000 years.
The Canary Islands, in peninsula or even in Sudan, there are many paths found, that relate to the origin of this plant, but to this day, nothing has been better proven so as to support the exact geographical origin when compared to others. For some, it’s the Mediterranean region, and for others; India or perhaps even China …
The reason for such an uncertainty is quite simply because this plant’s very-well recognized virtues, apparently appears to be the target of business and culture almost everywhere in the world.
And even on a purely etymological plan, several doubts still remain, since aloe could probably originate from the Arabic word ” Alloeh ” or even from that of the Hebrew ” Allal ” which centers its origins to the Arabic world, but it could also come from the African word ” Aalwijn ” and therefore come from Africa. In short, you might have already understood that this is indeed very vague.
However with reference to its many uses, and gustative or curative qualities, there is an enormous amount of documentation, and it appears that aloe vera is a part of the pharmacopoeia to a number of people.
Egyptians for example have already used aloe vera for beauty care at the time, but also to cure certain external skin diseases or other internal problems. The same was in Greek during classical times.
Alexander the Great appeared as a great fan of this plant just as Christopher Columbus who considered it as a first-class medicinal plant very recently.
A success which had not gone down the drain since aloe vera has never been brought to the forefront as much as these recent years.