DESCRIPTION

Aloe vera is a succulent plant species. The species is frequently cited as being used in herbal medicine since the beginning of the first century AD. Extracts from Aloe vera are widely used in the cosmetics and alternative medicine industries, being marketed as variously having rejuvenating, healing, or soothing properties. There is, however, little scientific evidence of the effectiveness or safety of Aloe vera extracts for either cosmetic or medicinal purposes, and what positive evidence is available is frequently contradicted by other studies.

HOW TO GROW 

First check your pot. Your pot should have large holes for water drainage. Then get a piece of broken pottery and place it over the hole like shown above.

  1. This piece should keep the dirt from falling out of the pot but will still drain water. Next, fill the pot with potting soil until it is 1 inch below the edge of the pot.
  2. Take the leaf of aloe vera and place it on the soil so it lays flat. Then push it a little into the soil like shown above.
  3. The aloe vera should still be exposed a little. Next, find a place to set your pot and aloe. It should be near sunlight and on something that you’re okay getting wet.
  4. Then water the aloe vera. Pour water into the pot until it reaches the edge of the pot. Then let it soak through the soil and drain a little. Water the aloe whenever you see the soil dry. Next, you wait. The aloe vera should sprout tiny leaves in a couple of weeks.

PLANT CARE 

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.

PESTS/DISEASES

Aloes are prone to mealybugs and scale.  Some common diseases are root rot, soft rot, fungal stem, and leaf rot.

HEALTH 

Since it takes time to digest, it uses up energy and helps aide weight loss. The juice of aloe vera regulates the immune system of the body and also helps in detoxification as it has essential anti-oxidants.

  • One spoonful of Aloe gel could help solve your constipation troubles. Aloe Vera introduces necessary bacteria in the gut that ensure healthy bowel movement giving you good digestive strength.
  • Drinking just one glass of juice will have immediate effects on your skin, as Aloe Vera contains collagen, which prevents aging and repairs skin. This bitter gel is also great for burns and cuts.
  • If you are struggling with diabetes, this liquid can regulate your blood sugar
  • It may also help if you apply this liquid directly to your scalp. There are two things that it does, it clears dead skin clogging your pores. Secondly, it removes sebum which can lead to baldness! Overall, both liquid and gel combined together can help you to have the full head of hair that you have always wanted to have.