What is Aloe Vera?

History of Aloe Vera

At first glance, people tend to think of aloe as belonging to the cactus family, but it is actually a perennial in the lily family with many different species. It is considered a succulent evergreen perennial that belongs to the same Liliaceae or lily family as onions, garlics and garlic chives.

Aloe comes from the Arabic word for “bitter.” Its roots lie in Africa and the Mediterranean region, and its long history is said to go back many centuries before the Common Era to the time of ancient Egypt. There is a famous legend that Cleopatra preserved her beauty through the use of olive oil and aloe. She was endowed with both good looks and intelligence and is said to have been knowledgeable about the components and applications of olives and aloe and to have used this knowledge to her advantage.

The Rio Grande Valley , Texas, where we are located is a prime location for the cultivation of Aloe Vera with a nearly year-round tropical climate.

True Aloe

Out of the more than 500 species of aloe said to exist in the world, the species that has attracted the most attention among researchers is Aloe Vera, Latin for “true aloe.” Aloe Vera contains a good balance of valuable components and is said to have many other beneficial components that are not as yet well understood.

Components of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, and various other components.
Any one of these components would be beneficial if taken alone,
but their synergistic interaction in Aloe Vera makes them even more effective in the maintenance of good health. Their components, in part, are:

Plant phenolic  Aloin, aloe-emodin, homonataloin, aloesin, alomicin, etc
Polysaccharides D-Glucuronic acid, D-mannuronic acid, mucin, aloe mannan
Micronutrients Vitamins
Carotene (vitamin A), thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vitamin B2), niacin (nicotinic acid), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), choline (vitamin B family), folic acid (vitamin B family), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), tocopherol (vitamin E), cobalamin (vitamin B12)
Minerals
Calcium, potassium, sodium, chlorine, manganese, magnesium, zinc, copper, chromium, phosphorous, iron
Amino Acids
Valine*,  threonine*,  methionine*, histidine*,  isoleucine*,  leucine*,  lysine*,  phenylalanine*,  tryptophan*, arginine, proline, glycine, serine, cysteine, asparagineacid, alanine, tyrosine, glutamic acid

*Items marked with an asterisk are essential amino acids. At first, it was believed that humans needed only eight kinds of amino acids, not including histidine. After a long period of observation, however, it has been realized that the amino acid histidine is also required, bringing the current total of essential amino acid to nine

Organic Aloe Vera

Crops

Harmony Green’s Aloe Vera fields stretch from the southern tip of Texas in the United States down into Mexico. During the summer, this vast tract of land is relentlessly scorched and dried by the sun—making it a rugged land that both confronts and coexists with nature. The region is famous throughout the world for its production of Aloe Vera. Harmony Green’s Aloe Vera is grown here organically, and only good quality, carefully selected Aloe Vera plants are used in our products. We cultivate Aloe Vera packed full of nutrients from the sun and earth with great care in this spacious land until it is ready to be delivered to our customers.

Quality

At Harmony Green, we have allowed our vision to take shape naturally. Our organic Aloe Vera juice is packed with all-natural, thick Aloe Vera that has been drenched in the heat of the sun and grown on spacious, pristine land without the use of any pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

Because we want to deliver our products in their natural form, we only use high-quality Aloe Vera flesh (gel) without the addition of water or preservatives. Since our products are delivered in their natural form, properties such as color and taste may vary depending on the harvest time. Our products have a variety of certifications to ensure their all-natural quality.

USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

This seal certifies that a food product has been produced in line with the National Organic Program (NOP), the uniform set of standards for organic products in the USA. The certification is only given to food products that meet these strict standards.

Certification Standards

  • Production on agricultural land that has not been treated with any pesticides or chemical   fertilizers for at least three years prior to harvesting.
  • Farming od organic crop performed in a way that supports local ecological balance in both soil and wildlife maintenance.
  • Inspection of soil and water quality.
  • Regulation of machinery used in processing and transportation.

Organic JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standards) mark

This seal certifies that a food product has been produced in line with the JAS organic standards established by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. These standards have been enacted to maintain and promote the cyclical function of nature in agriculture. The JAS certification for our Aloe Vera juice is carried out by Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) an organic certification organization based in the United States, and a registered certifying agency.

IASC (The International Aloe Science Council) certification mark

The International Aloe Science Council is a nonprofit organization that has developed evaluation standards regarding the quality of commercially distributed aloe products. The IASC evaluates both Aloe Vera products and manufacturing plants that produce them, and its certification seal is given to those manufacturers who meet their strict evaluation standards.