The plant of Aloe vera is known and used during centuries for its health properties either as a medicinal remedy as a cosmetic use.
2000 years ago the Greek scientists considered the aloe vera as the universal panacea but it was the Egyptian civilization who used Aloe more. In fact, they called the aloe plant : “plant of immortality.”
Since antiquity aloe is cited in differents works . The oldest known is a Greek book: the Ebers Papyrus (prior to 1500 BC). Already in the first century A.D. Dioscorides, in his Greek herbarium, makes a broad description of the plant for its medicinal and cosmetical properties.
The plant arrived at Europe through the Arabs who took it to Spain where the Jesuits spread it among other places,like the American continent.
From 1930 they began to study it and that gave scientific rigor to properties already supported by the ancestors.
In the early 1970s, the pharmaceutical Bill Cotas, managed to separate the aloin from the bark and stabilize the gel by adding vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin E (tocopherol) and sorbitol, which massified the use of aloe and created an industry associated with this plant.
In the 80s begin to emerge commercial farm of aloe vera in countries like Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, and mainly Mexico.
In Spain cultivation begins in the nineties, appearing small plantations in the south of the peninsula, mainly in the area of Malaga and Cadiz. In this period farmers of the Canary Islands join the farming of aloe vera and they arrived to be the largest producers of aloe in Spain and Europe.