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Aloe Vera

Aloe vera or Medicine plant (its true horticultural name is Aloe bardadensis) has been a popular houseplant for years. In many home remedy circles it’s called Medicine or Healing plant.
As folk medicine, aloe vera has many practical uses and more people are beginning to appreciate its diverse applications.

Plant Care

  • Full sun
  • sandy well-drained soil
  • allow soil to dry out completely between watering
  • staking may be required as plants become very top heavy

How to Use

The easiest way to extract the gel from the plant is to cut off a leaf and squeeze it gently. As its healing qualities are affected by time, it is best to cut a fresh piece for every application.

Common Uses

Burns and scalds - squeeze the clear gel from the leaf, make a poultice and bind loosely over the affected area

Insect Bites, poison oak, ivy or sumac - liberally apply the gel squeezed from the leaf on affected areas. In severe cases a poultice is recommended. The gel will reduce itching, swelling and irritation.

For improved drinking water - add a teaspoon of the aloe vera gel to a gallon of water. It will remove unpleasant flavours such as iron, fluoride and chlorine and give it the taste of water from a pure mountain stream.

As a laxative - a teaspoon of gel taken with a large glass of water, orange juice or any liquid will act as a general health tonic, mild laxative and a bowel regulator.

For the hair - many people swear that faithful applications of aloe vera will wake up dormant hair follicles, thus restoring hair growth. Apply the gel liberally to the scalp and massage it in deeply for the best results. Hair follicles that are dead cannot be helped by this or any other method. Women also use this as a hair set and rub it into the scalp as a conditioner.

For minor cuts and abrasions - apply the gel as you would any salve and bandage.

For shaving cuts and nicks - if you cut your face shaving, simply dab a bit of gel on to stop the bleeding. It can be peeled off after it dries.

For acne and skin blemishes - Make a face-pack of the gel, let it dry for about 30 minutes, and then peel it off. Don’t wash your face for at least eight hours after the application