Aloe is a cactus-like plant that grows in hot, dry climates. Aloe vera has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years and offers many different benefits for health. Aloe vera has a healing effect and may help to treat acne, poison ivy rashes, and even constipation. Not only can it be applied topically to the skin, but the aloe vera gel and skin can actually safely be ingested! It is rich in nutrients like antioxidant vitamins, minerals, amino acids, plant-based fatty acids, and polysaccharides.