Aloe: history, properties and benefits

Let's find out what theAloe, its history and its countless properties.


Aloe: classification

Aloe is a genus of succulent plants of the Asfodelaceae family and there are some over 500 species. Among these the barbadensis miller o Aloe vera it is the most widespread.

From the fleshy and thorny leaves of the plant a gel that contains numerous active ingredients.

Native to central Africa, it is now cultivated all over the world as it easily adapts to different types of climate.

It is probably one of the best known plants of all and its fame is due to its own infinite beneficial properties including anti-inflammatory, soothing and purifying ones.

Aloe: a bit of history

From very ancient origins, Aloe is even mentioned in theOld Testament and historical documents attest to its use already among the Egyptians, the oriental culture of many centuries ago, the Indians, the Arabs and the Romans.

In ancient Egypt was called "the plant of immortality"Because it was used for embalming and in the burial rites of the Pharaohs, as well as for therapeutic use.

He also talks about Aloe Hippocrates (460-337 BC), father of modern Medicine, and a legend tells that Aristotle convinced Alessandro Magno (356-323 BC) to conquer Socotra, an island off the African coast, because it was covered with Aloe plants, necessary to treat the wounded of his army.

This plant is also mentioned in the writings of Christopher Columbus and in the more recent ones of Gandhi.





"Four vegetables are essential for human health:
the wheat, the vine, the olive tree and theAloe.
The first nourishes him, the second refreshes his spirit, the third brings him harmony, the fourth heals him "

(Christopher Columbus, 1451-1506) 







“You ask me what secret forces supported me during my long fasts?
Well, it was my unwavering faith in God, my simple and frugal lifestyle, and myAloe the benefits of which I discovered at the end of the XNUMXth century, upon my arrival in South Africa "
(Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948)



The first in Europe scientific studies on Aloe began around 1850 by two Englishmen who identified its active principle: thealoin.

In the XNUMXs, American researchers Collins, father and son, demonstrated the effectiveness of Aloe by confirming its soothing and regenerating actions on the skin. In the middle of the century, the US Department of Health declared the healing abilities of the plant. Since then, the studies on Aloe have continued and numerous are done all over the world.

In 1985 a group of Canadian researchers proved that applying aloe gel to the skin accelerated it collagen formation e another study from 2004 has confirmed the anti-inflammatory properties of the plant used for problems such as colitis and gastritis.


Aloe: benefits and uses

The particular composition of the gel obtained from the leaves, allows its transformation into different types of products: creams, lotions, balms, juices, supplements.

Le healing, analgesic, anti-inflammatory capacities e soothing they stimulate skin regeneration and speed up the healing of skin lesions making Aloe useful in case of wounds, burns and abrasions.

The gel, diluted in water, becomes a juice that can be taken as supplement with moisturizing, mineralizing, multivitamin, detoxifying and purifying properties. It is also excellent gastroprotector and a powerful one antioxidant.

For the our animal friends the main methods of using this plant are certainly on the skin. Dermatitis, mycosis, wounds, abrasions, insect bites, but also ear infections and gingivitis, can be treated with Aloe-based lotions, creams or gels. In these cases, given the tendency of cats and dogs to lick each other, it is good to choose natural products that are safe in case of accidental ingestion.

Supplements, feeds or syrups to be taken instead orally they can be useful in the presence of stomach, liver or kidney problems. In any case, the methods of administration must always be shared with our trusted veterinarian, to avoid unwanted effects.


Union BIO recommends

For over 20 years, the scientific and working community of Union BIO has dedicated i results of studies and research in the field of phytotherapy by formulating safe and effective products.

In our laboratories a constant updating guides us in the formulation of the products, but above all in the synergy between ingredients of plant origin enhanced by our exclusive MATRIX UB®, registered trademark, extract of the olive tree, fruit of Union BIO scientific research, which strengthens and consolidates the properties of the formulations.

Within our lines Dog Cat, Horse e Persona, we offer various products that contain the plant extract of Aloe, formulated for our well-being and that of our animal friends.


CICA DOG e CICA CAT they are creams for the skin of our four paws. They help speed up the repair processes of injured skin and restore elasticity to the skin. They also create a light protective film that avoids contamination by external agents. They are products of easy application, which do not contain toxic substances and therefore are safe even in case of ingestion by the animal. However, we suggest to apply them and keep the animal occupied for a few minutes to allow its absorption and guarantee its action. Before using them, it is recommended to clean the affected area with lotions DERMA DOG e DERM CAT.



In the case of skin diseases, the elasticity of the collagen fibers and the elasticity of the skin are lost, conditions responsible for the degeneration of the skin barrier which inevitably loses its protective capacity. EQUIDERM contains plant extracts that help restore compromised elasticity and facilitate the resolution of any injuries. Also useful in case of pruritus thanks to the presence of Aloe and the natural properties of its ingredients.



LENI PICK is a soothing after-bite gel based on plant extracts including Arnica, Aloe, Acacia and Lavender.
With a calming, refreshing, soothing, decongestant action. Ideal for giving relief after stings of insects (mosquitoes, tiger mosquitoes, bees, wasps, horseflies) and after contact with jellyfish e stinging plants. Also suitable for the most sensitive skin such as those of children. It is not greasy and leaves a delicate scent. Dermatologically tested. Without ammonia, alcohol and parabens.

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