Surprising and amusing investigation on the use of aloe for medicinal purposes, brought to my attention by the SkepChick magazine.

No amount of research has turned up anything medical that aloe can do for your skin (beyond some very small studies which had some success using aloe vera in a cream base, but less success using the gel on its own). While it might provide some soothing or cooling by the evaporation of moisture from the gel–it’s very slick, and just having something moist and gooey on your skin may be soothing to a burn– the bottom line is that aloe vera is simply plant snot.

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