Aloe vera truly deserves a spot in the kitchen—preferably near the stove. Its leaves are filled with a sticky gel that promotes healing when applied to burns, abrasions and inflammations. A slice of aloe rubbed on a burn will sooth, heal and help prevent scarring. Aloe prefers bright sun, occasional watering and well-drained soil.
Every cook can benefit from having flavorful, organically grown herbs on hand for seasoning food.