Aloe Powder

Aloe Powder

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This powder is made from the dried, inner pith of the leaf of Cape aloe, a species native to the Western and Eastern Cape of South Africa that is also known as bitter aloe.

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approximate cups to one pound4
originsouth africa
active compoundsCrystalline Aloins (Barbaloin and Isobarbaloin), Aloe-emodium as the Anthraquinones, Tannin, Resin, Aloectin B, Polysaccharides.
plant part usedLeaves containing gel and sap, extract and juice, and the root.

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general guidelines and tips
storage tipsStore in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.
appearance & aromaGreenish-brown color.
good vs badLonger shelf life than aloe gel.

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The Mohammedan of ancient Egypt regarded the aloe plant as sacred and protective and hung the leaves of the plant in doorways of the home to ensure the safety of the occupants within. The Egyptians also made papyrus from aloe and, combined with myrrh and other herbs and spices, was used as embalming material. The plant was held in such high esteem that a man’s wealth and dedication to the king was measured by the amount of aloe in his possession.

The ancient Egyptians called aloe the “plant of immortality” and the Knights Templar credited a long, healthy life to the regular enjoyment of the “elixir of Jerusalem,” a wine made from aloe and hemp.

Background: Used in Egypt by the Mahometans, Aloe was revered as a religious icon and was hung in the doorways as a symbol to protect the household from evil. Ancient Jews adopted this practice in Cairo.

Aloe was used by the Greeks and imported to Europe and East India.  Aloe is mentioned in many ancient script, including the Bible as it is reported to have been used to preserve the body of Jesus Christ. Aside from being a religious symbol, it also held value as an incense.

Aloe is used as an ornamental plant and has been used in place of soap in Jamaica.  Others prefer to use it as a cleaning element to scrub utensils or as a thread once the material inside the leaves are dried and spun.

Applications: Beauty

Research has continually been conducted on the benefits of this plant since the 1930s in Russian and the United States.

Beauty: Historically, Cleopatra was said to have used Aloe in her beauty regime. Its gel has a soothing quality and contributes to a supple appearance.

Description: Aloe is grown in the tropics and is native to Africa.  It's cultivated as a potted plant.  They have been known to grow up to 60 feet in height with stems as much as 10 feet in circumference. 

The plants are perennial and woody with branches that produce fleshy leaves that protrude from the upper part of the root. There are different varieties of Aloe plants, all having slightly various appearances. 

When it's harvested, the leaves can be broken off to expose the healing gel oozing from the leaf.  The leaves are cut and drained so that the gel can be collected and processed for use.  If dried, the liquid inside the leaves is known as "bitter aloes."

Safety: Should not use Aloe orally if pregnant, nursing, or menstruating. Bitter juice from the base of the Aloe leaves should not be applied directly to the skin.

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