I am a huge fan of this amazing plant! My parents have one at their house (picture Left) I have personally used it on burns and sunburns. Works wonders! Here is a really interesting article I read on Aloe Vera Studies website:
"Aloe vera is extracted from the aloe plant and has been credited with the ability to support health. Aloe is a succulent that can be grown indoors or outdoors. Aloe vera is used in many forms for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera has been used for centuries as a home remedy.
Aloe vera that comes directly from the plant is a yellowish liquid. It can be obtained by simply breaking off a piece of the aloe vera plant. The liquid will run out and can be applied topically. The leaves can also be crushed and used as a salve.
The beneficial properties of aloe vera come from the 18 amino acids it contains. It is used to support the natural healing of skin that has been damaged. A common usage is to sooth sunburned skin. Aloe vera can also be made into juices, gels, powders and is often added to products. Aloe vera can be found in cosmetics, shampoos, lotions and many other common household aloe vera products. The many benefits of aloe vera are not fully researched as of yet.
For centuries people have respected the soothing nature of aloe vera. Aloe is commonly found as a houseplant. Families often pass down aloe vera plants from generation to generation along with it teaching about the beneficial properties the plant contains. More and more studies are conducted to help us discover the many ways aloe vera can help to benefit the human body."
article by http://www.aloe-vera-studies.org/