Yes. It is one of my favourite plants in the garden. It's close resemblance to the cacti family means it can survive most types of weather. When I first brought it here, it was just a little plant not more than 4 inches in height with only a measly 4 leaves. Now, it is a robust plant (and loving the Hot hot summer) and has its own baby that you can see on the side of the main plant.
I've done a little reading on wikipedia. Though researchers are still pretty skeptical about the possible medicinal usage of the Aloe Vera, it is one of the most popular ingredient for cosmetics and New Age medicines. One can even find cans of its translucent jelly-like flesh sold on the Asian market.
Whether this is really useful or not, it is a must-have in my family. I am terribly allergic to insect bites but when my mother discovered the soothing and healing properties of the Aloe Vera, we never stopped growing the plant despite moving to 4 different flats to date. Well.. I am not a doctor or pharmacist of any sort, so I wouldn't advise you on any medicinal usage of the plant. For me, whenever some insect (ants or mosquitoes) decided to leave any part of my body with a huge swell, I will cut a leave off the Aloe Vera plant, peel off the greenish exterior (watch out for the yellowish sap which is an irritant) and apply the sticky translucent flesh to the infected area on my skin. It works like wonder for me!
So there you have it, my Aloe Vera story.