Aloe grows well in Florida, where I live. I sometimes harvest some from my yard when needed as a natural first aid.
Let's call it an herb. There are many people that use of aloe to help them for many reasons. From the interior of the leaf of aloe, we get a gel that is naturally lubricating and healing. This gel is part of the aloe plant that is typically and topically used in many treatments.
Some day-to-day treatments include:
- skin irritation
There are many internal uses for aloe too. People use it to help with ulcers, diabetes, Crohn's disease, and constipation. Many find that results start to appear in a quickly.
You can see how you may benefit from aloe and having aloe plants in your home. They are vigorous in growth, and require little care.
Aloe has been known to make skin healthier as well. There are many lotions and creams that have aloe already in them. You can pick these items up at your local store and use them as directed. My favorite is 100% aloe. I can get the same thing from my yard, but having it on hand, ready to use, is convenient.
Many times, aloe greatly relieves dry and chapped skin, particularly in the winter months.
I've read that some people that are allergic to aloe. I find that hard to believe, but, if you see any type of rash or problem start, you should discontinue your use. These problems are not very common.
I simply think of it as a first aid remedy. When I have problem that could respond to aloe, I get it immediately. I just believe there is no harm in it, and a lot of potential help.