Aloe family For an amazing six thousand years some aloe species have been used to enhance the beauty of human skin, protect against bacteria and fungus, soothe and heal wounds and boost inmunity and overall health. There is evidence that Egyptian queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti both used Aloe. In some ancient cultures aloe was thought of as a fountain of youth or the plant of immortality.
It was mentioned in a collection of Sumerian clay tablets dated 2100 BC. Alexander the Great and Christopher Columbus used it to treat injured soldiers.
There are more than 550 different varieties of Aloe plants. They are native to such exotic climes as Sudan, Madagascar, the Arabian Peninsula and Islands in the Indian Ocean. TheGreenCell scientists have chosen to work with Aloe from the Dominican Republic, where the soil is extraordinarily receptive to the plant.
TheGreenCell stem cell platform includes three species of Aloe – Aloe vera, Aloe ferox and Aloe arborescens. While these three species all share the same basic qualities they have distinct chemical and quantitative differences. All have differences that result in highly desirable cosmetic and pharmaceutical benefits. TheGreenCell has developed stem cell lines for all three species and the conditions for their enhanced growth and bioactivity.
Of all the aloe plants, Aloe vera is by far the best known and most used for medical and cosmetic purposes. For centuries it has been prized for the unique way it can rejuvenate human skin and help to heal wounds.
Aloe arborescens is believed to have noticeable anti-skin-wrinkling effects. And one study found that it was rich in medicinal properties and produced fast and effective action against skin conditions.
Our scientists are investigating the intriguing properties that make Aloe ferox unique and distinct. There is evidence, for example, that Aloe ferox – ferox means fierce or ferocious – has great skin penetrating power.