All About Our Aloe Vera Aloe Farms Product Facts and Information What is Aloe Vera? The Aloe Vera plant is a succulent perennial and a species of plant belonging to the Lily family which is part of a larger family of plants known as "Xeroids". Of the known medicinal Aloes, Aloe Barbadensis Miller has the Greatest medicinal activity and is the only Aloe baring the botanical name Aloe Vera, Vera meaning true in Latin, Thus "True Aloe" or "Aloe Vera". Using a Whole Leaf Process Because the beneficial ingredients have not been identified, Aloe Farms insists that all properties of the Aloe Vera plant remain in the finished product for the marketplace. Never has any one ingredient been identified as the miracle ingredient and therefore anything taken out could be the one thing that is needed to combine with some other property to provide the "miraculous" benefits so often talked about. Substances Found in Aloe Vera ccording to Stanford University of California and the University of Tennessee researchers and other scientists, substances reported to occur in Aloe Vera gel include polysaccharides containing glucose, mannose, tannins, steroids, organic acids, antibiotic principles, glucuronic acid, enzymes, (oxidase,catalase, and amylase), trace sugar, calcium oxalate, a protein containing 18 amino acids, "wound healing hormones", biogenic stimulators, sapoin, vitamins, and mineral: chloride, sulfate, iron , calcium copper, sodium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, silicon, and phosphatide esters. The following ingredients found in our Aloe Vera juice and gel are: Potassium Sorbate is used as a preservative to counteract bacteria. Ascorbic Acid is an anti-oxidant, also known as Vitamin C. Citric Acid is used as a preservative. The gel has minute amount of Xanthan Gum in order to provide that wonderful coating action. Aloe Farms' Aloe Vera is organically grown and certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture. Our products are organically processed and are not made from concentrate. Aloe Farms' juice and gel contain no sugars fillers or starches. Our products are of the finest quality available. Informative Facts: Organically Certified* grown leaves Aloin Free Organically Certified* processed product. Cold Pressed Aloe Leaves Polysaccharides are 100% intact 99.7% Full Strength Aloe 100% Guaranteed *Certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture. A Little History on Aloe Vera Aloe Vera - the medicinal values of this wonderful herb have been known for centuries. A 3500 year old document (Papyrus Ebers) at the Leipzig University describes Aloe and it's values as a medicine. Medicinal applications were made by Dioscorides 2000 years ago for healing wounds, insomnia, ulcers, hemorrhoids, itching, skin care,blemishes, mouth and gum diseases and the loss of hair. he Chinese were recorded to have used Aloe between 772 and 842 on eczematous rashes and again between 960 and 1276 it was used for the treatment of eczema. The use of Aloe was noted by W. Turner in 1568 and by J.R. Coxe in 1818 for the use of healing wounds. These are described in the publications of Herbal and The Dispensatory of the United States of America respectively. Jamaicans are said to relieve headaches with Aloe. Spanish missionaries frequently carried it with them upon visiting the sick. Seminole Indians applied Aloe to incisions after surgery. Mexican Indians used it for all sorts of stomach and intestinal disorders, longevity, bladder and kidney infections and also for prostatitis. The prevention of scars from wounds and the improvement of the scalp and growth of hair have been the reason for the use of Aloe in Java. Survivors of the A-Bomb blast in Japan tell of the use of Aloe to treat radiation burns. This in truth prompted the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory for the United States Atomic Energy Commission to test Aloe Vera on radiation burns. The results showed complete healing in two months as compared to the untreated area which was still not completely healed after four months.