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ALOE VERA

 

What kind of plant is the Aloe Vera Plant?

Scientific Name: Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera plant is a succulent.

​Aloe originated in southern Africa, Madagascar and the Arabian Peninsula. It is a low-lying ground plant that typically grows less than forty inches in height.

It is easily distinguished by its collection of green leaves which are prominent and thick. These leaves grow in a cluster, and can be taken from the whole plant and split in order to extract the juice/sap within.

Aloe is commonly classified as a popular ornamental plant, meaning that is it used in public gardens and other places for its aesthetic appeal.
Using a light coating of aloe juice on produce and fresh fruits has been shown to maintain a fresh appearance and taste.  

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA?

Aloe is incredibly beneficial for the skin in a wide variety of ways.

Often, the plant is cultivated within the home as a simple home remedy for treating mild to moderate burns and scalds. Aloe juice is also effective at healing topical radiation burns, such as might result from overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

As a powerful vulnerary, aloe juice can be applied to wounds, scratches and scrapes to help with disinfecting as well as speeding along the healing process.

IS ALOE VERA GOOD FOR INSECT BITES?

Applying aloe to insect bites can also help with alleviating itching and other undesirable symptoms.  

Aloe has a generally softening and soothing effect on the skin, thus it is commonly incorporated into lotions, poultices and oils to combat topical dehydration.

WHAT IS ALOE VERA USED FOR MEDICINALLY?

Aloe juice can be consumed as a moderate purgative, helping to cleanse the body of impurities.

Aloe is also used internally for its laxative properties. It can also be mixed into toothpastes or mouthwashes for its ability to combat oral decay and gum disease.  

It is important to note that the taste of aloe juice is quite bitter and unpleasant, thus it may be advisable to mix it with water, tea or some other preferred substance before consuming.

BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA PLANT IN YOUR HOME

When grown in the home, aloe plants help guard against household accidents and generally provide an overall sense of protection.

Likewise, aloe plants are associated with keeping evil and/or negative energies at bay when kept within an area.

Aloe is associated with the water element, and can be used to help strengthen intuition and induce lucid dreaming when mixed with bathwater or kept underneath the pillow.


Aloe is rumored to be sacred to the Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty and passion.
Keeping a piece of aloe in the bedroom is said to promote romance, while applying aloe to the skin is an ancient folk remedy for enhancing beauty and restoring a youthful appearance.
 

IS ALOE PET FRIENDLY?

Aloe juice and extract should also be kept out of the reach of children and pets, as it can be toxic to them.

ALOE VERA SIDE EFFECTS

While topical use of Aloe Vera is safe, pregnant women should avoid using aloe internally.