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What Is Aloe Vera Good For?

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  • A succulent plant that grows wild in tropical regions, aloe vera has had innumerable uses for thousands of years, both medicinal and nutritional, due to the 75 potentially active compounds it contains
  • Antioxidant, antibiotic, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic — these are some of the properties of aloe vera that can help detoxify your body, fight infection, aid digestion, heal canker sores and prevent dental plaque
  • Aloe vera plants produce offshoots or “babies” that can be removed to produce an entirely new plant; in fact, you can have hundreds in just a few years, but when grown in pots, holes at the bottom allow for drainage so the roots don’t rot
  • You can grow aloe vera very easily, as it requires little upkeep; indirect sunlight and drying out between waterings will produce hundreds of plants you can keep in your kitchen and cut for a healing salve or a nutritious drink

When you think of aloe vera, you may remember it as a spiky plant with tiny spines along both sides of the thick, variegated leaves that fan out from their base. A succulent plant that grows wild in tropical regions, including the warmest areas and arguably thousands of households across the U.S., aloe vera has had a plethora of uses for thousands of years, both medicinal and nutritional. An open access website of peer-reviewed journals and blogs, Biomed Central, notes:

"Such extensive human use of aloe vera is nothing new; historical sources suggest aloe vera trade routes were well-established in the Red Sea and Mediterranean regions as far back as the 4th century B.C … Over 500 species of aloes exist, spread over Africa, the Middle East and various Indian Ocean islands."

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