The virtues of Aloe Vera have been recorded for thousands of years by many ancient civilizations, including Egypt, Persia, Greece, India and Africa. The name was derived from the Arabic alloen meaning 'bitter' because of the bitter liquid found in the leaves. In 1500 B.C. Egyptians recorded use of the herbal plant in treating: burns, infections & parasites. It is reported that Aloe was used to embalm the body of Christ. Spanish missionaries in the west always planted Aloe around their settlements and carried it on their journeys to aid the sick.
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Aloe barbadensis - Aloe Vera
Curacao Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Aloe Indica, Ghrita-kumari, Aloe barbadensis
Aloe vera farming in changar (arid) areas of the state is turning out to be an alternative source of income for the farmers. It has provided them an opportunity to earn out of the lands that were till date being used for kitchen gardening.
Aloe vera, the highly sought after cactus-like plant with multiple medicinal and therapeutic properties, is bringing home good returns for Himachal Pradesh farmers - with an added benefit. It is keeping the monkeys away!Cultivation of the medicinal plant is fast picking up in the state. According to forest department officials, it is more successful in those areas where other crops are practically impossible due to the monkey menace