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The Health Benefits And History Of Aloe Vera

04/08/2016 08:04 EDT | Updated 04/08/2016 08:59 EDT

Aloe Vera is more than just another pretty plant.

The ancient succulent is just one of 450 different types of aloe that dates back to 2100 BCE.

Originating in Africa, the dessert plant is now grown around the world for various reasons. According to the Global Diabetes Community, aloe vera juice can decrease blood lipids and swelling, both of which are common in diabetics.

Aloe vera juice can also be used as a laxative, but be careful not to consume too much because it can also cause stomach cramps, kidney problems and heart disturbances, warn experts at The Mayo Clinic.

In the infographic below by Natural Healers, a website for students of natural medicine, we learn more about this medicinal plant, including how to grow it in your own home.

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