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The origins of Aloe go as far back as the Sumerians, evidenced by recorded history dating back to 1700BC located on the Sumerian Clay Tablets. Aloe and its benefits migrated around the world throughout many of the ancient civilizations. The Sumerian civilization is the oldest civilization, as far as recorded history shows, and was located at the confluence of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates.
The Sumerians traded with Egypt. However the view of botanists is that the plant originated in the northern part of the African continent, from where it spread to other parts of the World with climates suitable to the Aloe's growth. The assumption made from this is that the Aloe plant came from Africa first and therefore the Egyptian's were the first users. This comes from a suggestion that an inscription on Egyptian tombs of around 4000BC refers to Aloe.
The Greeks and Romans in the first century AD knew of Aloe, and it was specifically written up by Dioscoroides. Pedanius Dioscoroides was a Greek physician and pharmacologist whose dates are approximately 40AD to 90AD and whose work De materia medica was the foremost classical source of modern botanical terminology and the leading pharmacological text for 15 centuries. The English version of this published in 1934, was called The Green Herbal of Dioscoroides. He traveled with the Roman armies and was able to study plants in many parts of the ancient world. He recommended Aloe as a purge, and to treat wounds, mouth infections, to soothe itching and to cure sores.
Aloe is so versatile in its uses,you can't use too much and you can always use more!
Ref: The Health and Medical Use of Aloe vera by Lawrence G. Plaskett, Ph.D, FRSC