If you take a look through your average person’s medicine cabinet, you’re bound to find plenty of variety. Even if you were to just purchase a tiny fraction of the over-the-counter medications available in a grocery store or pharmacy, you’d still end up with a pretty impressive collection. Pharmaceutical companies have so many of us convinced that we need a specific store-bought drug for our every ailment, from motion sickness to acne.

The great thing about natural remedies, however, is that so many of them overlap. For many natural herbs and spices, having just one can help you heal in several different ways. Think of the “two birds/one stone” rule.

One of those ever-helpful natural healing supplies is aloe vera. Aloe vera might be best known in pharmacies as an after-sun treatment gel. But the reason aloe vera is soothing to those with sunburns is because aloe vera is soothing in general. It can treat so much more than burns, and can get a lot done for just one plant.

To learn more about some of the ways you can use aloe vera, here’s an article by How Stuff Works:

40 Amazing Uses for Aloe Vera

2. Treat burns from minor mishaps in the kitchen—from grease splatters or hot utensils.

3. For more major kitchen mishaps like a scald, mix some aloe gel and vitamin E oil into a little jar for a homemade burn healer.

4. Banish black and blue bruises by swapping on the good goo.

5. Soothe and heal sunburns the feel-good way. Aloe contains cooling properties similar to menthol.

6. Take the sting or itch out of insect bites.

7. Reduce tissue damage from frostbite.

8. Alleviate mysterious rashes.

9. Make feet baby soft with an exfoliating foot mask by mixing together a half cup of oatmeal, a half cup of corn meal, four tbsp. of aloe vera gel and a half cup of unscented body lotion.

10. Help heal herpes outbreaks.

11. Fight Athlete’s Foot.

12. Swab over blisters for quick relief.

13. Use as an antidote to allergic skin reactions.

14. Replace creams and lotions as a general moisturizer for dry skin. Aloe is fast absorbing!

15. Prevent pesky pimples and treat acne.

16. Soothe Psoriasis.

17. Prevent scarring and stretch marks.

Keep in mind, there are more than twenty other uses listed in the original article, which you can read here. Surprised? Don’t be. Chances are, if you narrow down your natural remedies to just a handful, you’ll find you’re left prepared for whatever life has in store for you.