Aloe has played a significant medicinal role for thousands of years. Called “the plant of immortality” in Egypt, aloe was given as an offering at the funerals of pharaohs and was used in the baths of Egyptian queens. The plant was also used for embalming. In the first centuray AD, the Greek physician Dioscorides used aloe for sores and wounds. It has many uses, including topical application for skin irritations.