Aloe vera is globally revered for its multitude of health and beauty benefits. Aloe vera is a succulent plant that grows 24-39 inches in height, with thick green leaves that flare from the base of the short stemmed plant. The leaves have serrated edges and has small white thorns. Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) flowers in the summer and bears yellow tubular flowers that are typically 2-3 centimeters in length. Aloe vera leaves are rich in phytochemicals, which may contribute to its believed medicinal benefits. Aloe vera has a variety of synonyms, however, Aloe barbadensis is most commonly used in cosmetics. The origin and natural range of Aloe vera is uncertain due to its global cultivation, though it is suspected to be native to North and north East Africa, and the southern Arabian peninsula. Many of the believed health benefits, both ancient and contemporary, have not been confirmed by scientific studies, with the exception of the use of aloe vera on burns and to treat other skin ailments. Aloe vera use dates back at least 6000 years where it was highly valued in ancient northern Africa, and was used in Ayurvedic medicine in ancient India.