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Plants Migrate, Too: On The Trail of Aloe Vera

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  • Some of the earliest uses of aloe vera involved the use of its sap as a powerful purgative during the 18th and 19th centuries
  • The use of aloe vera gel, which is found inside the leaves, was popular as a skin salve for burned and damaged skin and later as a treatment for eczema
  • Fresh aloe vera gel is rich in enzymes and has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties
  • It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory, making it useful for soothing a number of digestive complaints

By Dr. Mercola

Aloe vera is one of the world’s most-used natural plants, with a market worth an estimated $13 billion a year. It’s also one of the oldest. Historical documents make mention of aloe vera as medicine circa 65 AD, when it was used to treat soldiers’ wounds and bleeding.


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