Have you ever heard about the ” Plant of Immortality ” ?
Well , you all might know it by its common name – Aloe Vera . It was called as the ‘ Plant of Immortality ‘ by the ancient Egyptians.
I have combined traditional knowledge and herbal wisdom , to show you how to grow Aloe vera successfully and make the best use of them in your daily life. With this comprehensive information on Aloe vera , I would like to educate you all on how to use them , how it will enable you to improve your health , save money and use fewer chemicals in your home . I hope that you find the information given below useful .
Aloe vera is a succulent plant with very fleshy light green leaves. In warm climates , it produces narrow tubular yellow flowers. Cape Aloe (Aloe ferox) is a much larger species that has long, greyish ,spiny succulent leaves and tall, handsome spikes of orange-red flowers.
- Position – Aloe requires a sunny position and a very well drained soil .
- Propagation – Aloe Vera rarely sets seeds in cool climates so it is usually propagated from offsets that form at the base of the plant . Allow these plantlets to dry for 2 days before planting them into small pots filled with gritty, free-draining potting mix. Once they are well established , transfer them to their permanent position.
- Maintenance – Aloe is sensitive to temperature below 10 degree Celsius . Pot plants may be stood outside in summer only, as night-time temperatures in spring and autumn are often too chilly. Take care of the plants on windowsills , during winter nights . Keep dry at low temperatures , but water regularly in the growing season , allowing it to dry out between watering .
Herbal Medicine –
The clear gel from the cut leaves has many soothing and healing properties.
- Part used – Leaves . the clear mucilaginous gel from the centre of the Aloe leaf has many anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
- Uses – Aloe is best known for its ability to encourage the healing of burns . It can also be applied to wounds , abrasions , eczema, psoriasis and ulcers .
- Other benefits – Preliminary research indicate that Aloe may be beneficial in a range of conditions such as non-insulin dependant diabetes mellitus and high blood lipid levels .
- Warning – Do not take Aloe internally if you are pregnant or breastfeeding . Topical application is safe during these times .
Harvesting Alo vera gel –
- At their centre , Aloe vera gel contain a thick colourless gel. use it fresh , as soon as you have harvested it . Because, it is unstable and quickly loses its consistency . do not use any gel that has a green tinge.
- Cut off a healthy large leaf close to its base .
- Slice carefully along the centre of the leaf , along its entire length. Gently peel back the two cut edges . Use a blunt-edged knife to scrape the clear gel from the centre of the leaf , then place it in a bowl.
First Aid –
Stock up your garden and medicine cabinet with the right remedies and you will be ready to handle all life’s minor mishaps , from itches to grazes, scrapes and burns .
- Speedy burn repair – Keep an Aloe plant in your kitchen windowsill so that its handy if you accidentally burn yourself while cooking . Not only does Aloe gel soothe the pain of burns, it also reduces inflammations . And if the skin is broken, Aloe helps to protect the burn site from infections as well as encourages the skin’s collagen to repair itself . The result is that burns and wounds heal more rapidly when Aloe vera is used ; in fact , reasearches estimate that using Aloe gel speeds up healing time by more than 8 days .
- Dosage – Apply the gel from the centre of the Aloe leaf to the affected area 3 times per day . Avoid using small , young leaves , as the active constituents are most prevalent in older leaves .
- Commercial produts – when shopping for commercial products, choose those certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC), which ensures the product is of high quality.
Natural Beauty –
Ultra soothing and nourishing for even the most parched and dehydrated skin . Aloe vera is also a mild exfoliant , gently removing the dead skin cells and stimulating cell regeneration , helping to prevent scarring and diminish wrinkles. It is also said that Cleopatra used its juices to help preserve her beauty.
- Sunburn and Sun damage – While a degree of sun exposure is healthy helping strengthen bones and balance hormones , too much exposure damages skin . Always apply sunscreen and wear protective clothing in strong sun . If you do get sunburn , the usage of Aloe vera gel will ease the pain and speed healing .
- Aloe vera wrap – Slice open fresh Aloe leaf and wrap it around the affected area like a bandage, so the gel sits against your skin . Leave it for 10 minutes , or until skill feels better, then rinse off . Aloe vera has a long history as a first aid treatment .
- Anti -ageing mask – This softening and moisturising recipe helps to even out skin tone and fade age spots . Ingredients : 1 tablespoon honey , 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel , 1 tablespoon lemon juice , 10 teaspoon lemon essential oil and almond meal , sufficient enough to make paste . Method : Melt honey over low heat , in a small bowl, combine the Aloe gel with honey and lemon juice. add essential oil and mix thoroughly. now, add sufficient almond meal to make a soft paste ; it should not be too sloppy. Apply this mask on your face . Leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse off with water and apply moisturiser.
Pet Care –
You can use Aloe effectively for minor ailments that may sometimes trouble your cat or dog . But remember , if any symptoms persist , you must seek veterinary help.
- Scald ,sunburn or hot spot salve – Aloe vera takes the sting out of scalds and sunburn and soothes an itch with its moisturising properties.
- Usage – Cut an Aloe vera leaf and apply the gel directly onto scalds, sunburns or hotspots caused by excessive scratching . Make sure you always break off the more mature leaves from the Aloe vera plant .
With gardening known- how , safe medicinal remedies and natural beauty products of Aloe vera , I hope u found this informative and useful !