Get Well Soon: Remembering Our Grandparents’ Go-To Remedies

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Aloe Vera


The use of aloe—from an aloe plant—on cuts dates back thousands of years, but the Black community has kept little Aloe Vera plants in their homes for generations. Use of the plant within the community quite possibly stems from the plant’s origins, as it’s grown in several places including the Caribbean and South Africa.


Reports show the application of aloe helps heal burns, cuts, skin conditions and diabetes, though more study is needed to confirm the latter. The plant’s various uses have caused families to keep Aloe as a mainstay in the medicine cabinet.

Aloe Vera

The use of aloe—from an aloe plant—on cuts dates back thousands of years, but…