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HISTORY OF ALOE VERA

Atherton, P. (1997, June/July). Aloe vera: Myth or medicine? Positive Health. Issue 20.

Abstract: Author is convinced that there is enough evidence available now to suggest that the properties of this amazing plant should be properly tested, to prove whether or not there is just a myth or real medicine here.

Dyniock, W. (1893). 1893 British pharmacographica indica on Aloe vera. pharmacographica Indica, 111, 467-472.

Abstract: This is a remarkable report on different species as published by the British in the history of principal drug vegetable origin that they found in India. Its century old origin makes it a collector’s item. It is not easy reading but has some interesting history.

Gale Group. (2000, October 15). Cleopatra knew beauty benefits of Aloe vera. Sunday Mail. Glasgow, Scotland.

Abstract: Briefly discusses history and use of Aloe vera on the skin and internally and specific reasons it benefits the body.

Henry, R. (1979, June). An updated review of Aloe vera. Cosmetics & Toiletries, 94:6, 42-50.

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to update what is happening with the aloe vera plant in respect to history, current findings of the medical industry, identification of some of the compounds, commercial applications of extracts, safety data, and efficacy of extracts in cosmetics.

Morton, J. F. (1961). Folk uses and commercial exploitation of Aloe leaf pulp. Economic Botany,15(4), 311-319.

Abstract: Provides both an appreciation of the medicinal uses of a number of different species of Aloe and the growth of the first Aloe industry in the U.S.

Nicolaev, A. B. (1966). Aloe: Valuable medicinal plant. All Union Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, 31(4), 51-53.

Abstract: Translation of a Russian article discussing indications and contra-indications of the use of sabur and aborescent Aloe.

Reynolds, G. W. (1966, September). The Aloes of Tropical Africa and Madagascar. Mbabane, Swaziland: The Aloes Book Fund.

Abstract: Book describes, illustrates, and discusses the different species of Aloe in Tropical Africa and Madagascar as well as their uses. For instance, Aloe aborescens works as well as Aloe barbadensis on x-ray burns.

Skousen, M. B. (1982). The Ancient Egyptian Medicine Plant, Aloe Vera Hand Book. West Valley City, UT: Aloe Vera Research Institute.

Abstract: Very helpful handbook on using Aloe vera for burns, sunburn, cuts and wounds, digestive problems, hair and scalp care, hemorrhoids and bleeding piles, infections, poison ivy, poison oak, allergies, psoriasis and eczematous rashes, scar removal, stretch marks from pregnancy, varicose veins, skin cancer, scrapes and abrasions, stings by insects, jellyfish, stinging nettle, etc., ulcers, arthritis, brown skin spots, acne, animal first-aid, sinus, general health maintenance, asthma, sore throat, eye and ear drops. It also gives information on caring for an aloe vera plant.

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