Aloe vera, native to the Arabian peninsula, makes a lovely houseplant that will add beauty to your home as well as producing healing gel from its fleshy leaves. Use a cactus potting mix, or add sand or perlite to a standard potting soil, to ensure that the plant is well drained — its roots should never sit in water. Put it in a beautiful pot in a sunny window. Water it once in a while and let it provide balm to your spirit as well as your skin.