Aloe vera, Aloe.

Images of Aloe, aloe leaf, aloe gel, drug aloe, aloe in flower, alower flower close-ups. If any herb claims to be America's number one folk remedy, it is aloe. Aloe is a succulent perennial of the lily family native to Africa and commercially grown in southern Texas and Mexico. The leaf contains a gooey gel; the outer leaf tissue produces a bitter yellow juice, known as drug aloe, once a widely used laxative. Aloe gel should not be confused with drug aloe. Aloe gel has been used to treat inflammation for more than 2,500 years. The fresh gel is widely used as a folk medicine for minor burns and sunburn, as well as minor cuts and scrapes. Aloe gel is also used in beverages commonly sold as “aloe juice”. Aloe gel, mixed with water, citric acid, fruit juices, and preservatives is also marketed as “aloe juice”, touted as a digestive aid or folk remedy for arthritis, stomach ulcers, diabetes, and other conditions. These images were created in Arkansas, Hawaii, Texas, Montenegro and elsewhere..

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