Aloe Vera is an extremely useful plant with a lot of healing properties. Plus, it looks unbelievably exotic and attractive in the house. Since it is entirely safe, aloe Vera is excellent for the treatment of both, children and adults, treating the first symptoms of illnesses.
- Internal uses
Aloe is beneficial when it comes to boosting the immune system as well as warding off disease. In addition, the pulp is high in antioxidants, helping the body fight against the damage triggered by free radicals.
Also, these compounds produce oxidative stress that lead to the cell aging process. This is why Aloe gel is usually used as an anti-aging skin treatment.
In general, the plant provides antiviral protection, lowers inflammation caused by injury and arthritis, stops tumor growth by boosting immunity, promotes digestive health, particularly in patients suffering from ulcerative colitis and treats constipation if consumed in a high doses.
Remember, for best results, consume 2 ounces of Aloe Vera once daily.
- External uses
A large number of beauty and skincare products contain Aloe Vera as a result of its impressive health benefits.
To be more specific, the gel keeps the skin look healthy and youthful by helping it retain moisture and stimulating the elastin and collagen production. These fibrous proteins actually increase skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkles. Moreover, aloe gel is also beneficial for the treatment of eczema and psoriasis, significantly combats the effects of erythema and improves acne.
Additionally, aloe Vera also contains 6 antiseptic agents, such as urea nitrogen, Lupeol, Cinnamonic acid, salicylic acid, phenols, and sulfur, which act as antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agents, meaning that the gel can be used to provide great relief from bug bite and allergic rashes.
Aloe juice can also be used as a mouthwash or the gel can be applied to the gums and teeth in order to fight the gum disease and bad breath-related bacteria.
How to grow Aloe Vera plant in your home
This plant can be grown from its stem and leaf cuttings, seeds, as well as by division of tubers.
When it comes to its cultivation, it is advisable to use light soil mixture, containing a reduced amount of brick chips and charcoal and avoid the peat addition since it damages its root.
The plant does not require too frequent watering during the summer. So, you can just leave it on the porch during the night, and it can gather the dew.
When the temperatures are low place the aloe Vera plant inside the house, and place it in the hallway, on the warmed balcony or in a cool room. The soil should be occasionally saturated with fertilizers that contain nitrogen and minerals.
However, the best plants for transplanting are the ones that are 5 years old, because they are abundant in healing properties. The young plants should be transplanted once annually, whereas the 3-years-old ones on every third year.
Make sure you do not plant it on dry soil and avoid watering it. In order to clean its root of the old substrate you should remove the plant from the pot and lightly tap it. Furthermore, remove any damaged roots, but be careful not to destroy the healthy tissue. You should use charcoal or powdered sulfur to sprinkle the sliced parts as well as sharp scissors to prune it.
Do not water it for five or six days as soon as you plant the grower. The pot should be placed in the shade. In case this procedure is done properly, you should notice the root of the plant very soon.
In case you use seeds to plant aloe Vera, please stick to the following:
As soon as the seeds are ripened, they should be sown in February or March, at 21 °C. What’s more, the soil should include sand, sheet, and light turf soil, and some charcoal and broken bricks. Once the plants have two leaves, you can plant them in pots.
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