Aloe vera is a soothing, healing gel that can be applied for sunburns, chafing, insect bites and many other external applications, and can even be taken externally for some afflictions such as heartburn. You can mix it with other ingredients for a soothing face mask, or make it into caplets to take as a supplement.
Not only is growing your own aloe vera plant practical, but also can be a beautiful addition to your home. Aloe vera plants are quite striking, with long, pointed leaves and gorgeous patterns.
Aloe vera plants are also very easily propagated by transplanting the little offshoots, making sure to leave as much of the delicate root system intact as possible. Place the baby in a new pot and watch it grow.
As far as plant care goes, aloe vera plants are quite easy to care for. Let the soil dry out between watering and be careful not to overwater.
If you have a green thumb and use aloe vera gel, growing your own aloe vera plant is a great way to save money and enjoy the beauty of this useful plant.