And God said, Behold. I have given
you every herb bearing seed,
which is up on the face of the earth,
and every tree, in which is the fruit
of a tree yielding seed;
to you it shall be for meat.
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4 — The Challenge of Modern History
Aloe Vera’s modern challenge has always been one of intelligent awareness. This chapter charts the uses and misuses of this silent healer that continued from the 18th Century all the way through to the New Millennium. It includes its graduation into awareness in the 20th century all across the globe—from India to Mexico—and its reemergence into prominence in the United States, starting in the 1930s and advancing to exponential acceptance and recognition in the 1980s and 1990s.