The ancients called it ‘the plant of immortality’. These plants are touted to produce a variety of chemicals with antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antioxidant properties that lower blood sugar and cholesterol. In Sri Lanka, Aloe vera is reported to have ‘cooling properties’ and the fresh juice is used as a cathartic and for fever, liver disease and eye disease. In recent years, drinks made of Aloe Vera have been publicised as a means of reducing heartburn and improving digestion.
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