The aloe Vera plant is a versatile, centuries-old, multitasking succulent which has been gaining a lot of popularity over the past few years due to its medicinal and beauty properties. The benefits of the Aloe Vera plant are vast and widened are used in several cultures in health, beauty, medicine and skincare. It has been called nature's multitasker for this very reason.

The name Aloe Vera comes from the Arabic word 'Alloeh' which means 'shining bitter substance' and Vera', a Latin word meaning 'true'. The Egyptians called the Aloe 'the plant of immortality', their queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra partaking in its use for their regular beauty regimes. At the same time, the Greek regarded it as the panacea. Many other countries such as India, China, Japan and Mexico have also been using it therapeutically for many centuries.

Malta is no stranger to the succulent aloe plant. The aloe heavily populates the island as it is the perfect climate for it to grow and prosper. You can find these plants growing wild all over the island and may not even notice them.

This plant, packed with active components, includes vitamins A, B12, C and E, folic acid, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids, and this contributes to its high demand in the medicine and beauty industry. 

Today, the aloe plant is predominant in food and drinks, cosmetics, food supplements and herbal remedies.

Before turning to over the counter drugs and products for your ailments, why not go directly to Mother Nature for your cure? Some healing properties the aloe is known for which have also been backed up by scientific studies and research includes the following:

Constipation - Aloe Vera has been approved as a treatment for constipation in Germany.

Teeth and gums - One study found that Aloe Vera in tooth gels is as effective as toothpaste in fighting cavities.

Antioxidants - Aloe Vera can is used in skin conditions or superficial cuts for its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

UV irradiation protection - One study suggested that it may potentially protect from the ageing effects of sunlight.

Second degree burns wounds - Aloe Vera can heal wounds and provide faster pain relief.

These are just some of the advantages of the ever-popular and diverse aloe plant. They are more than a beautiful decoration and indoor companion; they are one of nature's many blessings to us.