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What is Aloe vera?

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Aloe vera, also known as Aloe Barbadensis Miller, is a succulent plant that is member of the lily family. Aloe vera leaves are used in folk medicine and in many types of commercial products.

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Aloe vera is native to Northern Africa, and the plant features thick leaves that are green or gray-green with serrated margins. The gel inside the leaves of Aloe vera is used in traditional medicine as a treatment for burns and minor skin irritations, and the plant is used as a natural flavoring in some types of foods. Aloe vera is added to a wide range of cosmetics, and both the leaves and seeds of the plant are edible.

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