Don’t let its prickly exterior give you the wrong idea. This popular potted plant has been easing discomfort and healing wounds for thousands of years. It’s in shampoos, conditioners, moisturizing creams, and balms, but the practical uses for aloe vera go far deeper than the surface of the skin.
In this article, we dive deeper to find out how many different ways you can use aloe vera. From promoting hair growth to improving digestive health there are many unique uses for aloe vera. Let’s explore these next!
What is Aloe Vera?
You probably know what it looks like, but few know more than that. Aloe vera is considered an evergreen perennial that is only native to the southeast Arabian Peninsula. More specifically in the north-eastern mountains of Oman.
That’s not the only place aloe vera can grow though. This versatile plant has been cultivated for thousands of years and has since become naturalized in Northern Africa, Sudan, the Canary Islands, Portugal, and more.
As a potted houseplant, aloe vera is easy to take care of too. The plant doesn’t need a lot of direct sun or much water to survive and thrive, which is another reason they’re so popular.