EN on Herbs

November 1998 Issue

Aloe Vera: Actually Two Very Different Herbs in One

For many Americans, spreading gel from an aloe leaf on a burn is their first encounter with a medicinal herb, one that dates back to Mesopotamian times. There are hundreds of species of aloe plants, but the most popular is Aloe vera, also taxonomically known as Aloe barbadensis, a relative of the lily. The aloe plant yields both aloe gel and aloe juice. This can be confusing, since the two terms are interchanged

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