Aloe Vera looks like a cactus but it isn't – the plant is a member of the lily family which includes garlic and onion.

Inside the leaf is a jelly-like substance. Early users of Aloe Vera discovered that when the jelly was applied to a wound, it would heal faster – a remarkable feat in a time, long before anti-biotic ointments, when the infection of a minor wound was often fatal.

Descriptions and instructions for twelve different recipes for the internal and external uses of Aloe Vera can be found in an Egyptian relic, the Eberpapyrus, dating to around 1,500 BC. By 400 BC, the properties of Aloe Vera was well accepted from China to India.

Historical evidence encompassing more than 4,000 years testifies to the high regard of ancient peoples to the benefits of Aloe Vera.

In the 1930's, interest in the internal gel was enhanced when the material was found to be remarkably effective in treating radiation-induced dermatitis. Since that time, a number of external and internal uses for the internal gel of Aloe have been reported in the literature, some of which are truly remarkable.