The Aloe vera plant has been used for medicinal and beauty purposes for thousands of years. It is believed that it was one of the secrets of Cleopatra for keeping her skin soft. In the ancient Greek, aloe vera was used in many therapeutic remedies.
Aloe vera was popularised in the 18th and 19th century primarily as a laxative and today it is used to keep skin beautiful and to heal burns, sunburn, ulcerations, frostbite, radiation injuries, psoriasis, cuts, insect stings, poison ivy and other dermatologic problems. Easy to grow indoors but do not over water and also hardy enough to withstand light frosts.