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Aloe vera is one of the most popular medicinal plants. The use of Aloe can be traced back to 1500 B.C. where even the Egyptians used it topically and internally. It can be found in most garden nurseries and even health food and home improvement stores. This plant is best know for it's ability to heal skin from burns. This alone makes it worth keeping around but there are even more benefits you can gain from this popular succulent. 

Heal Wounds Naturally - Scientist Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D., director of the American Phytotherapy Research Laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah says, "Aloe gel dries into a natural bandage. It also promotes healing and helps keep burns from becoming infected." It's been shown to help with minor cuts and scrapes to more severe conditions such as, frostbite and first- and second-degree burns. It's worth keeping one in your kitchen or bathroom for emergencies. 

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Increase Amino Acid Content In Your Diet - Amino acids are the main component of protein. An example of an amino acid is tryptophan, the component commonly found in turkey that makes you sleepy on Thanksgiving. Aloe contains 20 of the 22 amino acids needed for optimal health. It also contains 7 of the 9 essential amino acids that keep your body healthy. 

Soften and Protect Skin - Not only does aloe vera treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and sunburns, it can also help you with day to day skin care. Aloe vera encourages cellular regeneration, keeping skin in optimal shape. It's great for dry skin and provides vitamins C and E, as well as beta carotene, all of which contribute to healthy, attractive skin. It also contains salicylic acid, which is a popular ingredient in chemical exfoliants. 

Useful for Inflammation - It can be used topically for the treatment of inflammation in the skin, a major contributor to acne, as well as other skin conditions. Taken internally it can alleviate the inflammation. One of the main components which helps aloe to reduce inflammation are the plant sterols it contains. These in combination with aloe's healing properties makes it ideal for inflammatory disorders.