Aloe vera is a stemless succulent that grows wild in many tropical regions. The gel has long been used by numerous cultures as a treatment for burns and skin irritations. The leaves are thick, fleshly, and spear-like; in summer the plant produces pendulous yellow blossoms on tall spikes. Its medicinal properties includes antioxidants, antimicrobial, and antibacterial. Research supports the plant’s ability to soothe first or second-degree burns and to treat genital herpes and psoriasis. Aloe juice is also an effective remedy for acid indigestion. The plant contains more than 75 active compounds, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugar, amino acids, and fatty acids.