Aloe vera has become one of the most demanded products in the cosmetics sector. However, even though the fame of this product has grown exponentially in recent years, its use and the benefits of its properties were recognized already hundreds of years ago.
History of aloe vera in Lanzarote
Aloe vera came to our country under the influence of Arab culture and tradition when Phoenician merchants spread their commercialization throughout the Mediterranean. However, the first references of this well-known plant date back to Mesopotamian times, in 2,200 BC.
The first properties discovered of aloe vera were its healing power and digestion improvement. In Greece and Egypt, they even believed that aloe vera provided immortality. On a day-to-day basis, it was used as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic solution, two characteristics that are still taken into account when using aloe vera.
The Roman Empire also used aloe vera as a healing product, for areas with inflammation and to improve intestinal problems. In addition, they began to use aloe vera also as a healing plant for acne and sun lesions.
What makes Aloe Vera from Lanzarote unique?
Although the place of origin of aloe vera is uncertain, its birth has been located in different tropical areas such as Jamaica, Barbados and even in places in tropical Africa. Regardless of where aloe vera began to grow, the truth is that the Canary Islands are today the first region in Europe in its production.
Due to the characteristics of its soil and the conditions of its climate, aloe vera from Lanzarote has become one of the most valued in the world. In fact, only in Lanzarote there are more than 150 hectares where this special plant is grown. Annually the production of aloe vera can exceed 6 million kilos.
The pure canary aloe gel has infinite therapeutic properties: soothing, coagulating and healing properties. In addition, it also acts effectively as a digestive regulator if used internally.
Can you visit any aloe vera plantations in Lanzarote?
Of course! Your next trip to Lanzarote can be a unique opportunity to discover how the different products are made with Canarian aloe vera. In the case of Lanzarote, you will find aloe plantations everywhere and, in fact, some companies even offer guided tours to learn more about the process.
In Órzola, for example, there is a large aloe vera plantation perfectly integrated into the volcanic landscape. In addition to being able to enjoy a small tasting of some of its products, in the guided tour you will delve into the process of creating some of these products.
Is there an aloe vera museum to visit in Lanzarote?
Visiting an aloe vera museum can be a very rewarding experience in which you will learn more about this plant as an important part of the identity of the island.
The museum of Lanzarote, the only one in the archipelago dedicated to aloe vera, is a unique opportunity to learn about the history, care, cultivation and production of aloe vera. Aloe Plus Lanzarote, has a total of 5 museums divided around the island and in several locations: Arrieta, Punta Mujeres, Yaiza, Teguise and La Graciosa. You will love to know more about this product famous in the whole world!