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Aloe Vera

The Potted Physician

Aloe Vera is a medicinal herb that has been benefitting mankind for thousands of years. Even though Aloe Vera looks like a cactus, it is in fact a member of the lily family and is related to onions, garlic and asparagus. There are over 200 species of Aloe Vera but it is the Aloe barbedensis plant that has been of most use to mankind because of the medicinal properties it exhibits. It is known as Gritkumari in Sanskrit, Gheekanvar in Hindi and Thazhai in Tamil.

Botanical name:Aloe barbedensis Miller
Family: Liliaceae

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