Aloe vera, also known as the true or medicinal aloe, is a species of succulent plant in the genus Aloe. It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. The known use of Aloe Vera for it's herbal medicinal value goes back to the 16th century BCE. Its use to reduce inflammation and sooth and moisturize skin is universal. Studies have shown it contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that may help in the treatment of minor skin infections. Aloe, a succulent desert plant, has been used traditionally for centuries to soothe and rehydrate parched skin. When applied directly, Aloe has also been shown to aid the body's natural process of healing and repairing sun-damaged skin. We love the common name for this plant — Wand of God.