Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) is a succulent plant typical of tropical and warm climates. Were already known in antiquity its properties of ally to the skin and there are traces of its use in Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt where it was used, among other uses, even for embalming; it’s also quoted in the Bible for the preparation of ointments.
It’s easy to grow in pots, since our mild climate allows a rapid development. It is a plant that grows and multiplies quickly: if cultivate one, in a few years you will have at least 4-5. The gel present in its fleshy leaves is applicable for almost any skin problem: small burns, erythemas, insect bites, chilblains, irritations, excoriations, reddened skin, dandruffs, skin blemishes, etc.
Aloe vera, however, is also used in juice as an adjuvant to gastric or intestinal problems, or to strengthen the immune system. Fights, also free radicals, is rich in vitamins and minerals and is one of the most powerful antioxidants that nature offers us.
While, for topical use, we can derive the gel from plants that grow, for the juice, the matter is different, since aloe contains a substance, aloin, extremely irritating to our gut, so it is advisable to acquire the aloe juice in the bottle that does not contain this substance.