Aloe Vera – First Aid From The Earth

Aloe vera has been used externally to treat various skin conditions such as cuts, burns and eczema for a long time by man going back to the mists of time. It is alleged that the sap from the Aloe plant will ease pain and reduce inflammation, in the 1990s tests carried out showed that the healing time of moderate to severe burns was reduced when the wound was treated on a regular basis with Aloe vera as compared to the healing of the wound covered in a standard bandage.

Aloe Vera’s multi beneficial properties may be attributed to mucopolysaccharides present in the gel of the leaf, especially acemannan, Cosmetic companies add aloe vera to many of their products such as soaps, shampoos, makeup and moisturizers to name a few products, Aloe gel is also useful for dry skin conditions, especially eczema around the eyes and sensitive facial skin, One should always use the inner gel of the plant and not the aloe latex which is the yellow substance that comes from the inner side of the skin of the plant which can be an irritant.

If you grow your own always remove all skin and any yellow substance before using aloe on yourself, If you are not sure about this then the safest way to use this is to buy aloe gel in a squeezy plastic container and use that, this would be the method I would recommend as it takes the hassle out of acquiring the aloe gel other than growing it yourself, Gel used should be completely clear, odorless and tasteless, as well as using aloe Vera on your skin some people take it orally but this should only be done in consultation with your doctor.

If you want to grow your own plant or plants then this is a relatively easy job and it is a nice plant to have in the house the thing to remember is when the new shoots come out from the base of the plant don’t transplant them to make other plants but leave them in place as these new shoots will provide support for the plant structure. Aloe Vera is relatively easy to care for just keep it in a frost-free environment. The plant requires well-drained sandy potting soil in moderate light such as the sun. If planted in pot or other containers ensure sufficient drainage with drainage holes. The use of a good quality potting mix to which extra perlite or coarse sand are added is the best growing medium.

It is a stemless or very short-stemmed succulent plant growing to 100 cm tall, spreading by offsets and root sprouts. The leaves are thick and fleshy, green to gray-green, with a serrated margin. The flowers are produced on a spike up to 90 cm tall, each flower is pendulous, with a yellow tubular corolla 2-3 cm long. and is native to northern Africa.

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