Have you ever heard of curative properties of aloe vera? Have you ever seen how great aloe vera on a windowsill looks! It is a real decoration of the entire house. As for me, I got acquainted with it 18 years ago at the initiative of my mom. The plant seemed to be exotic and attractive. Now I recommend it to all my friends and relatives for two main reasons:
Aloe leaves can be used in home medicine for treatment of both children and adults. The first signs of illnesses can be cured immediately and without side effects. It is completely safe. Personally I strengthen the immune system of my family by dint of aloe vera.
How to Grow Aloe Vera Plants at Home
If you want to have such a useful plant at home, remember that it can be propagated by seed, stem and leaf cuttings and by division of tubers. Use propagation methods that will not do any harm to the plant. Never do it while the succulent is blooming.
Use light soil mix with a low content of brick chips and charcoal for cultivation.
It is strongly not recommended to add peat to the soil as it has a negative impact on the root system of the plant.
Don’t abuse with watering in summer. I know it due to my sad experience. It is a succulent, so it is better to leave it outside on the porch for a night, so it can gather dew.
When it gets cold (below +10 C), keep the plant indoors. It can be a cool room with the temperature of 12-14 C. I personally place the pot in the hallway or on the warmed balcony.
You can nourish the plant with special dressings for the succulents and cactuses. Saturate the soil with mineral and nitrogen-containing fertilizers from time to time.
Be careful when transplanting pups. Young plants should be transplanted once a year, 3-years-old ones – once every 3 years. Plants which age is more than 5 years are called old. They are the most valuable as they contain a plenty of health benefits.
Now, when you know how to care for the plant, you should also learn how to plant and prune it.
Don’t water it before planting. The soil should be dry
.After removing the plant from the pot, clean the roots of the old substrate by a light tapping.
If you find damaged roots, they need to be removed without damaging healthy tissue. Sliced parts should be sprinkled with powdered sulfur or charcoal. Pruning should be performed with sharp scissors.
When you have planted the grower, remember that it is important not to water it for 5-6 days. Place the pot in the shade. If you have done everything correctly, the plant will quickly take root.
If you don’t know how to plant an Aloe using seeds only, follow the instructions:
They are sown at 21 °C immediately after ripening.
It is better to do it in February or March.
Use bowls with soil containing the following components: sheet, light turf soil and sand. Add some broken bricks and charcoal to the soil.
When little Aloe plants get 2 leaves, you can plant them in pots
Health benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is full of antioxidants, which are natural immune enhancers that help combat free radicals in the body. Free radicals are unstable compounds that are bad for your health and contribute to the aging process.Drinking aloe vera juice regularly gives the body a regular supply of antioxidants, which can boost and enhance the immune system.A
Aloe vera is one of the natural herbs commonly used in skin care products. It soothes the skin, hydrates it, nourishes it and accelerates the regeneration of new skin tissue. By applying fresh aloe vera gel on your face, you can enjoy well moisturized, glowing and flawless skin.
In addition, aloe vera can be used to treat sunburned skin, blisters, insect bites, allergic reactions, minor burns, inflammations and more. Even people who have sensitive skin can use aloe vera without any problem.
Drinking aloe vera juice aids in natural cleansing of the digestive system. There are many food substances that can cause fatigue and exhaustion, which you can combat by drinking aloe vera juice.
When consumed regularly, aloe vera juice will also help increase your energy level and help you maintain a healthy body weight.
Aloe vera is extremely helpful for your mouth and gums due to its natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It also contains vitamins and minerals that promote cell growth and healing of bleeding gums and mouth ulcers.
When suffering from gum disease, just massage your gums with fresh aloe vera gel. You can also sprinkle some aloe vera powder on your toothbrush before brushing and within a few minutes your mouth will feel much better. Drinking aloe vera juice regularly also helps promote strong and healthy teeth.
Aloe vera juice has natural fiber that aids digestion and improves bowel movements. Being a natural laxative, aloe vera juice can also be used to treat constipation.
When constipated, drink two ounces of aloe vera juice daily. Remember that after taking aloe vera, it takes about 10 hours to get positive results.
Aloe vera can be used externally to ease inflammation of joints and reduce arthritis pain. You can also drink aloe vera juice to reduce inflammation throughout the body. People who drink aloe vera juice for two weeks typically begin to experience a significant reduction of inflammation and pain symptoms.
Aloe vera is also considered an excellent home remedy for mild to moderate ulcerative colitis because of its anti-inflammatory properties.