has variegated leaves that flow out from its center base.
Aloe can be kept in a pot in the kitchen near a window for every day use.
Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window.
The juice from its leaves will relieve pain from scrapes and burns.
This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene,
which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more.
. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant
can help heal cuts and burns.
People have been using aloe vera for more than 6,000 years when it was known as
"the plant of immortality"
in early Egypt, according to the National Institutes of Health.
It was used for skin conditions and to heal wounds, as well as used as a laxative.
Today, although the science is lacking, aloe vera is typically
used topically for sunburns, burns, abrasions and other skin conditions.
Plant in wide containers with a well-draining potting mix, such as for cacti/succulents.
Place in indirect sunlight or artificial light.
Water aloe deeply but then allow the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep
between waterings, in order to discourage rot; water even less in winter.
Aloe plants produce offsets or plantlets or “babies”
that can be removed to produce an entirely new plant.
Knock your Aloe out of its pot and find where the offsets are attached.
Sever them from the mother plant with a knife.
Allow the cuts on the offsets and the mother plant to callus over for a day or two.
Pot them in a standard potting mix.
Put in a sunny location.
Wait a week to water and keep the soil on the dry side.
Aloes are prone to mealybugs and scale.
Some common diseases are root rot, soft rot, fungal stem, and leaf rot.
WIT & WISDOM
Aloe vera will decorate a kitchen shelf with quiet grace while doing
double duty as a self-regenerating first-aid kit.
Read more about the natural health benefits of aloe vera.
One of aloe’s most famous uses is to soothe sunburnt skin,
and it can be also used for cold sores.
Aloe vera juice is no modern fad;
it has a long history of being used as a health tonic and digestive aid in many indigenous cultures.
Although of African origin, this plant enjoys a worldwide distribution in
the tropical and subtropical parts of the world,
earning a place in various preparations of traditional
Chinese, Indian, and Middle Eastern herbal medicine streams.
Aloe vera juice can be used regularly as a general health enhancer or occasionally
as a safe herbal remedy for specific problems.
Here are some very good reasons for you to include Aloe vera juice in your diet
Aloe vera juice is alkalizing
Our blood has to be slightly on the alkaline side to maintain good health.
The body tries to maintain the blood pH between 7.35 and 7.45.
However, pH may occasionally decrease due to many reasons.
When it goes below 7.35, we become prone to many diseases.
This condition is referred to as acidosis.
All foods of animal origin have an acidifying effect.
Alcohol and carbohydrates also work the same way.
When our diet has high amounts of acidifying foods and not enough of vegetables and fruits
that have the opposite effect, it alters the blood pH.
Another common reason for lowering of blood alkalinity is high levels of
CO2 in the blood due to some respiratory problem.
Certain disease conditions like diabetes can also cause acidosis.
Aloe vera juice has an alkalizing effect on the body.
Faster elimination of acidifying foods from the body is one of the ways in which it raises alkalinity.
Increasing the oxygenation of blood may be another supporting mechanism.
When you feel under the weather, it could be just that you have developed mild acidosis.
Drink Aloe vera juice to restore balance; you will immediately feel the difference.
Aloe vera has an anti-inflammatory effect
Many chronic diseases, including Type II diabetes,
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and arthritis,
are caused by inflammation.
Although it is part of body’s mechanism to repair damage to tissues and organs,
inflammation itself can become a problem.
Aloe vera juice can take the place many drugs prescribed
to bring down pain and swelling in injured areas.
The demonstrable anti-inflammatory effect of Aloe vera is partially attributed
to the presence of plant steroids such as Campesterol, Lupeol and ß-Sitosterol.
They inhibit the inflammatory process initiated by the damaged tissues.
Another way Aloe vera juice combats inflammation is
by blocking the production of prostaglandins and histamines.
Localized anti-inflammatory effect is what makes Aloe vera great for
burns and wound healing.
The more general anti-inflammatory effect is a boon
to people with arthritis, IBS, heart disease, and Crohn’s disease.