By Erin Elizabeth
Picture this: it’s the middle of June and the sun is starting to make regular stops in the sky, no longer hidden by the clouds. The temps are starting to remain above 70 all the time. It’s summer. But every once in awhile, even if you are super careful, that sun- which feels too good to move out of after the lonnnnng winter- will bite you. No worries, you think, I’ve got aloe vera from Wal-Mart.
Someone is not telling the truth (even though they just got caught)!
Aloe vera, a succulent, is farmed in hot climates like Texas and Mexico. The plant’s spiky leaves contain a clear goo that people have used as a topical ointment to treat burns and other skin problems for millennia (it’s also really good in your juice and is good for healing inflammation, including internal). In fact, ancient Egyptians knew it as “plant of immortality,” it was even found on stone carvings from 6,000 years ago.