Aloe vera
Aloe vera

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Aloe vera is a stemless or very short stemmed plant, growing to 60-100 centimetres tall. The leaves are thick and a fleshy green to green-gray. Some also have white flecks on their upper and lower stem surfaces.
The margin of the leaf is serrated and has small white teeth. The flowers are produced in summer on a spike up to 90 centimetres tall, each flower being pendulous, with a yellow tubular corolla.

Aloe vera uses
Aloe vera distribution

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Aloe vera is considered to be native to the South-East, however this plant has been widely cultivated around the world, and has even become naturalized in North Africa as well as Sudan, Canary Islands, Cape Verde and Madeira Islands.

Aloe vera uses
Aloe vera uses

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There are two substances that come from the aloe vera - a clear gel and its yellow latex. These two substances are frequently used to manufacture commercial products. The aloe vera gel is normally used to make topical medications for skin conditions such as burns, wounds, frostbite, rashes, psoriasis or dry skin.
The aloe latex is used individually or manufactured as a product with other ingredients.

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