Aloe vera shots and facial mists may seem like all the rage these days, though these remedies are much more than another passing trend.
The aloe vera plant, also known as "the lily of the desert," is a succulent. Aloe-based products and the plant itself is used to heal scrapes, cool sunburn, and relieve pain from minor cuts. Its uses go far beyond treating bug bites and boo-boos for kids—it has become a go-to for soothing digestive tracts and has become a key ingredient in beauty products and rituals. Aloe vera can be helpful for supporting thyroid and intestinal health, too.
Before starting any new skin-care regimen or taking aloe orally, talk to your doctor, as it's still potent medicine (even if it comes from a plant).