Aloe or Lily of the Desert is a succulent plant of African origin belonging to the Aloeacee family, with a very short stem, fleshy rosette leaves and red, yellow or white flowers. It is also called "Miracle Plant", for its incredible beneficial properties.
It grows wild in abundance in many parts of the world and thrives in warm climates, on dry, calcareous soils, but can also be grown via seeds or offshoots. Of the over 300 varieties of Aloe, only Aloe Barbadensis Miller (which owes its name to the Barbados Islands, where it is widespread), called Aloe Vera, is the most useful and precious. A thick juice is manually extracted from its leaves - also called gel - whose active ingredients are true exterminators of diseases, because they have the same effects as antibiotics, but do not have the same toxic effects.
For over 2000 years Aloe Vera has been cultivated and used for its properties and beneficial effects on health, thanks to its very particular biochemical composition. Despite being known and appreciated since ancient times, the systematic study of the plant began only in the 1960s, thanks to the work of Bill Coats, a Texan pharmacist who developed a process to stabilize the pulp, paving the way for the commercialization of the Aloe without oxidation and fermentation problems.