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There are many different uses for the aloe vera plant, most of which involve simply cutting the leaves open and rubbing the insides on the skin. This can be used to treat minor burns, scrapes, insect bites and stings. It also helps with frostbite, sunburn and many other...


According to SFGate, aloe vera plants need water only when their soil completely dries out. Aloe vera can do well in dry, desert conditions, as the plants store water in their leaves.


There are at least five varieties of the aloe vera plant. They include varietals named Dorian Black, Yellow Teeth, Orange Aloe, Red Aloe and Gold Tooth.


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.


Aloe vera use is found to be possibly effective for cold sores, rashes on the mouth or exterior skin, psoriasis, and constipation, according to WebMD. Aloe vera can be ingested or applied topically depending upon the intended use and location of the problem.


The flower of the aloe vera plant typically blooms once in the summer, but only on mature plants in sunny locations. An aloe vera plant's flowers are yellow, blooming on racemes on stalks that grow as high as 3 feet tall.


Aloe vera plants do best when potted in cactus potting soil mix or a mix of regular potting soil and perlite or building sand. They need plenty of drainage and cannot tolerate standing in water. They should be placed in south- or west-facing windows.