1) General Information:
- Location on Property:
Toothbrush zone & Back of Jungle Cottage & Garden D
Scientific Name: Aloe Vera
- Region of Origin: Native to Africa
- Type: Beautiful & Useful
- General History: Aloe Vera has been used for centuries for its’ medicinal purposes. The unique ability of A. Vera to heal was first recognized by the Egyptians according to early records. Egyptian queens such as Cleopatra and Nefertiti used the plant as a skincare and beauty product. In the Philippines, A. Vera was mixed with milk and used to treat a variety of kidney infections. Alexander the Great is documented in history as having used A. Vera to treat his wounded soldiers. It has also been used by Greek and Roman doctors to help heal the ailments of their patients.
2) Plant Uses:
- As Food: Aloe Vera (inner gel) contains the 8 essential Amino Acids that the human body needs but cannot manufacture. It has a bitter taste which can be unpleasant in the raw state. It is possible to get used to the taste of plain Aloe Vera gel, but if you can’t the addition of some fruit juice helps to make it more palatable.
- As Medicine: Aloe is used externally to treat many skin problems; it is antiseptic and antibiotic so it is good for cuts and burns. It is also soothing for sunburn, eczema, rashes and dry skin. You can take Aloe voluntarily as a laxative. Pull off the whole leaf for use on skin or for consumption. Store leaf in the fridge for freshness. There are also reports of people using Aloe Vera plants to treat irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, Eczema, and Psoriasis. Others can use it to help many other conditions inducing constipation, ulcers, diabetes, headaches, arthritis, and coughs.
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3) Growing Instructions
- Growing: Aloe likes dry sunny conditions, extremely tender to frost as they consist of approximately 95% water
Best time to Harvest: Mid (69-80 days)
- Sunlight Requirements: Full sun or partial shade
- Soil Requirements: Moderately fertile and fast draining
- Propagation: Cutting, division, grafting, seed, separating. Prepare ground with compost/soil mix, stick a branch in 2-3 inches, water. Don’t over water this plant, but let it dry out a few days before watering again. Make sure to also root it before planting.
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Aloe Vera Juice: Cut off a few leaves of Aloe Vera. With a sharp knife carefully peel off the rind of the plant and discard in compost. Peel off yellow layer just below the rind and discard. Continue these same steps with the other aloe vera leaves. Then with a spoon scoop out the gel of the aloe vera and place into a blender immediately. Mix with 1.5 cups of any citrus based juice. We highly recommend freshly squeezing it! Blend it, pour it and enjoy the fresh taste and health benefits!
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