aloe vera plants

Benefits of aloe vera

Aloe Vera was a popular houseplant years ago. They are a succulent, which is nice, because you don’t have to pay too much attention to them and they survive just fine. I recently spent the day with one of my nephews and one of our activities was transplanting an aloe “pup” into a new pot so he could take it home with him. Aloes are very easy to propagate. When you have an established plant, don’t be surprised if you find little baby aloes growing in the pot alongside it. These are called “pups”. The outside of the stalks have prickles on them but the rest of it is very smooth. The inside guts of the plant are called filberts, and these are collected and processed and sold in gel form (used externally). You can also get pure aloe juice which may be ingested.
Using aloe vera topically

  • speeds recovery of burns including radiation, sunburn and chemical burns
  • helps treat many, many skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, rashes and irritations
  • anti-inflammatory- helps boost the immune system response to inflammatory conditions
  • promotes skin cell regeneration- used in wound management and anti- aging products and as an antifungal treatment
  • high in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins
  • using aloe vera in formulas increases the potency of the other ingredients used by 4 times!
  • digestion & constipation
  • aloe vera is being considered for use in treatment of diabetes. If you want to try using aloe for this reason, work closely with your health care provider to monitor your glucose levels
  • aloe has a high water content, so is often added to lotions and creams to increase moisture through the skin
  • aloe vera gel may be used as a hair mask to promote hair growth and nourish scalp (leave in for 20 mins. once or twice a week)
  • use aloe in a face mask for mature or dry skin:

Aloe vera face mask recipe:

  • 1/2 to 1 inch of aloe vera (plant)
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp raw honey (liquid or runny)
  • 1 drop rose otto (or lavender or rosewood)

Scrape out the aloe vera from its skin. Mash the avocado. Mix all the ingredients together and apply it to freshly cleaned face for 20 mins. Wash off with warm water and apply your favourite facial oil.

Taking care of your aloe vera plant

If you are lucky enough to have one of these lovely succulents, you may have questions about how to care for it. They are actually a very easy plant to care for- just let it dry out a bit between watering. When you go to take some for use, cut from the base of the plant (not the top). When your aloe has pups, they may be transplanted into another container with well drained soil. Water the pups regularly until they develop a strong root system.

Cautions for using aloe vera:

  • some people have sensitivities and/or allergies to this plant, and if you are one of them you should always read self care labels on your products
  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid ingesting aloe vera (it may stimulate uterine contractions)
  • if you are scheduled for surgery, stop using/taking aloe 2 weeks before and after your surgery
  • If you plan to ingest aloe vera, discuss this with your health care provider, especially if you are taking any medications
  • since aloe vera is taken orally as a laxative to relieve constipation, do not overuse it…it may also be a bowel irritant

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