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Aloe Vera

Did you know that your favorite potted plant can be used for much more than sunburn relief and household décor?

The succulent has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes, dating back to ancient Egypt. The plant is native to North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands.

From relieving heartburn to potentially slowing the spread of breast cancer, researchers are just beginning to unlock the benefits of this universal plant and its many byproducts. Some benefits are:

· Heartburn relief

· Keeping produce fresh

· An alternative to mouthwash

· Lowering your blood sugar

· A natural laxative

· Skin care

· Potential to fight breast cancer

Researchers are continuing to discover new methods to put this succulent to use. Be sure to consult your doctor if you plan to use aloe vera in a medicinal manner, especially if you take medication.

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