Aloe Vera: Mircale Plant
Growing up in South Florida, it was common to see Aloe vera in and outside of people’s homes. My mother when I was growing up would always have Aloe growing at our home and would use it topically for sunburns, as it is commonly used. But Aloe is far more versatile.
Not only can it be used topically for damaged skin, but also can be consumed internally. The medicinal value of Aloe is far under-estimated, and I hope this paper sheds light on the many benefits of this crop.
Aloe vera is a species of succulent plants. Aloe is the genus name and vera is the species name. Vera means genuine or true. The genus Aloe is believed to have originated in the Sudan, although I could not find a source other than Wikipedia to confirm this.
I personally have seen it all over Florida and the Caribbean. However, in North Florida the freeze may get to it, so many keep their Aloe in a pot and bring it inside during a freeze
There are many different types of Aloe, but I would like to focus on the variety commonly known as Elephant Ear. Elephant Ear is stemless and has large green leaves with a gel between them.
The reason why I chose to write about the Elephant Ear variety is because, when I was first introduced to its benefits by Cephas , I was told that Elephant Ear was the type most fit for human ingestion