The Aloe Vera plant, also known as “Lily of the Desert”, is sometimes called the “plant of immortality”. According to legend, Cleopatra claimed it as her beauty secret.
The name Aloe is derived from the Arabic word alloeh, which means “bitter”, which refers to the bitter gelatinous iiquid within the plant’s large leaves.
Almost a hundred years ago research first confirmed that the gelatinous fluid in this plant also relieves pain and accelerates the healing process in burns and abrasions by increasing the availability of oxygen to the skin.
For this reason, many a wise cook will keep an aloe plant in their kitchen where if they burn themselves they can easily break off a leaf in order to smear the healing gel directly onto the affected area.