Aloe Vera - (Alo barbadensis)


This perennial herb is a member of the daylily family. There are over 500 species of aloe that are growing all over the world. Aloe originally came from Africa.
The flowers are yellow to orange and the leaves are triangular and they can grow up to 24 inches tall.
Aloe easily starts from offshoots, which appears at the base of the mother plant. They can be transplanted when they are 2 to 3 inches tall.

Grow aloe in sandy soil that is well drained in a sunny location. Don't overwater the aloe since it can lead to rot. It's enough to water the Aloe once every two weeks in the summer and once a month in the winter.

You can harvest aloe gel at any time, however the plant have to be at least two years old.

Aloe Vera is very rich in vitamins and minerals. Aloe Vera is an herb that should be in every cooks kitchen and in every family's first aid kit, since it's very good for burns and cuts.

External application (the jelly-like gel that you can find in the leaves) may help for healing of sunburns (add 1 or 2 cups of aloe into a nice and warm bath - that may help relieve your sunburn) and other minor burns.
Apply aloe gel on the affected area three to five times a day.

Parts used: Fresh gel, yellow juice, leaves.

Don't take if you have any gastrointestinal conditions. Don't take aloe capsules for more then ten days. Don't take with Licorice root, Cortico-adrenal steroids, Cardiac glycosides or Antiarrhythmic agents.

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