Aloe Vera: The “Wonder Plant”
Aloe vera is a versatile plant majorly used for its medicinal properties. It is also used as a beauty cosmetic and incorporated into food products. This plant naturally grows in dry, tropical climates, which gives it long, fleshy leaves that are stiff and spiky along the edges. Aloe vera extracts, derived from its succulent leaves, are available in two forms: gel and latex. When aloe vera is cut, a colorless, gel-like pulp is exposed and can be identified as the gel, while the yellow sap that exudes from the plant is latex. Both have medicinal properties.