Aloe Vera is useful for the treatment of a host of ailments due to the fact that it contains many active compounds such as mineral, amino acids, enzymes and vitamins. The gel-like substance found in the leaves is used as a natural laxative and is said to cleanse and purify the intestines, bowels and colon. Using Aloe Vera on the head can also bring relief from dandruff and kills bacteria associated with diseases of the scalp. It also helps to stimulate hair growth and strengthens the hair. The plant is also used in cosmetics to reduce wrinkles, treat skin discoloration and smooth the skin. Note that it can overly dry the skin and if not used properly may lead to skin irritations.