My grandmother always had a healthy, thriving aloe plant in her sunniest window sill. Whenever anyone would have a burn or a scrape, Grandma would take a piece of aloe and squeeze the juice onto the wound. Of course, I use aloe vera in the Day and Night Creams because of its healing properties and also because it helps to bind the other ingredients together. There is nothing like it in the whole world. From the Indian Journal of Dermatology:

 Aloe vera has been used for medicinal purposes in several cultures for millennia: Greece, Egypt, India, Mexico, Japan and China.1  Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used it as part of their  regular beauty regimes. Alexander the Great, and Christopher Columbus  used it to treat soldiers’ wounds. The first reference to Aloe vera in  English was a translation by John Goodyew in A.D. 1655 of Dioscorides’  Medical treatise De Materia Medica.2  By the early 1800s, Aloe vera was in use as a laxative in the United  States, but in the mid-1930s, a turning point occurred when it was  successfully used to treat chronic and severe radiation dermatitis.2 (Read more.)

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