Growing up in Trinidad, my mom always had a big aloe plant growing in the garden. When I became a teenager and had issues with acne, she would use the pith of the aloe leaves and rub it on my face to help to heal the eruptions. It’s something many island people grow up with, the knowledge that aloe vera is a wonder plant that can be used in so many ways.In the islands, we use a plant called “rachette” (NOT to be confused with the modern slang word “ratchet”) – this plant is related to the prickly pear cactus. Rastas use it to wash and thicken their locs in Trinidad. I didn’t really know about aloe for hair until I went natural. And then I fell in love. Let me tell you why aloe rocks, and is everything for natural hair!