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.