Aloe vera has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Originally found in tropical regions, it’s been an ingredient in treatments from China and Japan to Egypt and Mexico. The ancient Egyptians even referred to aloe vera as the “plant of immortality.” This attractive and useful plant has become so popular that it’s now found in homes and gardens throughout the world. No matter what climate you live in, Aloe vera is easy to grow and will last for years if you take proper care of it.


1. A Succulent Plant

Aloe vera is known as a succulent plant, which means it stores water in its leaves and stem. This makes it a hardy plant that needs very little water, allowing it to survive in dry environments. It has a very short stem with thick, fleshy, greenish leaves fanning out from it. These leaves are where you find the goodness in aloe vera.

aloe vera succulent dry environments Lilkin / Getty Images

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