I have learned over the years how freeing it is to handle health issues naturally. One of the first experiences with this newfound discovery of natural methods came in the form of the Aloe Vera plant. Now, I would not want a kitchen without this handy plant. Sometimes called the burn plant, it has helped me and other members of our family instantly when we get a burn from a mishap in the kitchen. It is soothing and begins to take affect within a short period of time. Just pinch off a small portion of an outer leaf and then squeeze the inside gel out right onto the burn. Aloe is also very good at stopping bleeding. When my husband got a knick from shaving one day, he kept trying to get it to stop before heading off to work. Nothing he did seemed to help. I broke off a piece of Aloe and applied the gel and it congealed the blood. I have several children with dry, itchy skin problems. Aloe is a wonderful treatment for that. It acts as a moisturizer and hydrates the skin. After being absorbed in the skin, it actually helps regenerate new skin cells. When my children get ant bites or mosquito bites, it has helped soothe the itching from those. You can apply as needed. With burns, I allow my children to apply whenever the sting comes back. Aloe also works wonders on cold and mouth sores. The drawback is that Aloe tastes pretty bad, but it is not harmful to ingest. My mother became sold on this plant because she develops frequent fever blisters and she will apply it straight to the blister at the first sign. When she has done this, it has never festered very big and has gone away within a short amount of time. The great thing about Aloe is it can be grown easily indoors. It doesn't like a lot of water since it is a succulent, which makes it even easier to care for it. If you haven't already, give this little plant a try. I think you will be amazed and very pleased with all the health benefits you will gain from it.