The healing plant is best for
burns, scratches, and bites.
Alexander the Great popularized the medicinal properties of aloe when he heard how the sap from its leaves could help heal battle wounds, says Michael Castleman, author of "The New Healing Herbs."
"Aloe creates a protective barrier on the skin that keeps it moist and promotes healing," adds Paul Frank, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. It also stimulates the Langerhans cells, which can reduce inflammation, explains Barbara Close, herbalist and founder of Naturopathica.