As a dietary supplement, aloe vera is thought to support digestion and quiet the stomach.* More than what you slather on a sunburn, aloe is made of many nutrients and minerals, including amino acids, enzymes, folic acid, plus vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and minerals such as potassium, calcium, sodium, manganese, magnesium, silicon, iron, lithium and copper, as well as polysaccharides, lipids and sterols.
For topical application, aloe vera plants can be grown in your home like any other houseplant. When you need it, you can pluck off a leaf and apply the gel inside. Just make sure to properly break open the leaves and remove the yellow latex material, which allows you to extract the gel.
As a supplement, aloe is a relatively cheap nutrition and digestive support, and the capsules are tasteless.*
As a dietary supplement, aloe is often seen in the form of a concentrated extract. Because concentration varies, always follow label directions. For digestive support, aloe is often taken on an empty stomach.*