Used both internally and externally since Egyptian times this powerful healing herb is even more widely used today. The medicinal properties of aloe vera have been applied to treat a vast array of ailments both in people and animals.
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OTHER COMMON NAMES
True Aloe, Medicine Plant, Burn Plant, Barbados Aloe, First Aid Plant
Aloe vera is said to have evolved in the drylands of Africa.
Since ancient times the inner colourless gel from the leaf of the aloe vera plant has been applied to heal burns, cuts and other skin problems. Today the plant is included as an ingredient in cosmetic creams, lotions, soaps, shampoos, and facial cleansers.
The gel from aloe vera makes a healthy drink and is better in taste when mixed with a squeeze of lemon and honey.
The name Aloe is derived from the Arabic word "aloeh" which translates to "bitter". This description references the bitter yellow liquid present in the sap just below leaf skin which protects the plant from animals and is also harmful to humans.
|Size||Small shrub (to 1m)|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun|
|Harvest Season||Year round|