The Aloe Vera plant, also known as “Lily of the Desert”, is sometimes called the “Plant of immortality”. According to legend it was Cleopatra’s beauty secret. The name Aloe is derived from the Arabic word alloeh, which means “bitter”, in reference to the bitter gelatinous liquid within the plant’s large leaves.
Almost a hundred years ago research first confirmed that this marvelous gel also relieves pain and accelerates the healing process in burns and abrasions by increasing the availability of oxygen to the skin. For this reason the wise cook might do well to keep an aloe plant right in their kitchen so that if they should burn themselves at the stove they can quickly break off an Aloe leaf and smear the healing gel directly onto the affected area.
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