Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller
There are around 400 varieties of aloe spread over all the countries with a hot climate. Only half a dozen of them are recognized for their medicinal properties such as aloe Vera, aloe Ferox, aloe Arborescens, etc. Some species are real trees with a smooth trunk, which can grow up to around twelve metres high! Aloes are capable of storing large quantities of water in their tissues to survive in hot, dry climates. Their fleshy leaves and sometimes their trunks enable them to stock the quantities of water necessary for their survival. (Aloe dichotoma, diplocata, pilansii, Aloe Barberae). The flowers can be yellow, red or orange.
All aloes originated in South Africa, a country where the widest diversity of Aloes can still be found, with some 135 recorded species!
Today aloes can be found in their natural state in all the countries near the tropics such as the Caribbean, South-East Asia, the French Antilles, Bahamas, Mexico, Madagascar and even the countries of the Mediterranean region and the south of the United States.
The aloe the most frequently used is Aloe barbadensis « Miller » (from the name of the botanist) for its rich translucent gel which has a number of properties. It is also the Aloe on which the most scientific literature exists and which has been studied most, particularly in clinical tests.
We are using it at this time, even though our research is currently directing us also towards Aloe Arborescens which, even though it contains more Aloin (an undesirable component) and has less flesh, has certain qualities and is well-known.
“Aloe vera: more than just a plant for sunburns” (by CookingDetective.com)
“The benefits of Aloe Vera Juice and how to drink it” (by Positive Healthwellness)