Revered since antiquity, the aloe vera plant was depicted in hieroglyphs in the tombs of Egyptian pharoahs 4,000 years ago, known to healers in Persia in at least 600 B.C., and appeared in Sumerian clay tablets dating back to 1750 B.C. Aloe vera was considered the “plant of immortality” by the Egyptians. To Native Americans, it was known as the “burn plant”, “medicine plant”, and “the mystery plant”. Nomadic peoples would dig up and carry aloe vera plants with them to ensure that they would never go without it.
Medical literature has reported on the therapeutic use of aloe vera for over 50 years. Published studies show its ability to treat arthritis, high cholesterol, interstitial cystitis, nonbacterial prostatitis, chronic pelvic pain, radiation burns, immune system disorders, and diabetes. Aloe vera can also be used to treat burns, frostbite, and skin abrasions.
While trying to find a solution for her sister’s interstitial cystitis, Pat Criscito – the co-founder and president of Desert Harvest – discovered aloe vera’s extensive history as a healing herb. Soon, Pat was deeply immersed in the science of this remarkable plant and working to bring its many benefits to the public.
Desert Harvest specializes in the science of aloe vera. Pat Criscito takes us through the manufacturing process from sourcing to production, explaining how to navigate a marketplace that deceives consumers into drinking and ingesting aloe vera for health benefits. Pat clears up the marketplace misinformation that keeps us from finding the right aloe vera products for our health.
We discuss good standards and practices in manufacturing aloe vera products. The aloe leaves must be processed within 6 hours of being harvested, or the consumer will receive little to no benefit. Aloe vera manufacturers must know the science in order to bring relief to those who suffer from many chronic health conditions.
This segment covers a broad range of information about aloe vera, how it works, and how it should be produced. Join us with Pat Criscito for a whole systems look at aloe vera manufacturing that is sure to delight supplement users!