The aloe vera plant has been used by many people over the years. In fact, this plant was widely used when I was a kid, by my parents and those that lived in my neighborhood. Aloe Vear is very popular because of the many benefits it offers.
A Good example that I can use is my parents would often boil this plant with other bush medicine (herbs) as we called them and give it to us to drink for head colds. Another example is boiling the leaf in water until the water turns somewhat brownish with a pinch of salt, this makes a good detox or clean out as the older generation called it.
But no matter how this plant was used you were sure of one thing and that was getting the results that you wanted. A word of caution here, be very careful when cutting the leaves because it tends to drip a somewhat yellowish liquid and if liquid comes in contact with clothing, especially bright or white material it can stain so be careful.
Care of aloe vera plant
Aloe vera is not fussy and can grow well in sandy soils. Here where I live in the Bahamas this plant is still widely used, as you drive past many of the neighborhoods you can find the aloe vera plant growing in the yards of many of the natives.
Once you have planted your aloe vera plant, be careful not to give it too much water because aloe vera can suffer from root rot very easily. Other than that it will grow. Aloe vera, as far as I know, does not have any pest problems.
Aloe vera can be used in rock garden designs and the best part is whenever you have a head cold, minor burn, need to detox, wash your hair, etc… just go in your garden cut a few leaves and you are good to go. The flower shoots from the middle of the plant are a bright yellow and there is also an orange-reddish mixture.
How to use leaves?
The goal when using aloe vera is to use the part that is clear and looks like jelly, this jelly-like substance is also slippy but as mentioned earlier be careful and not allowed to get on clothing. To remove this part, use a sharp knife to gently cut into the outer layer and peel very lightly.
Some persons would rather boil the skin to avoid having to peel the leaves, a word of caution, the margin of this plant has thorns so handle with care.
Use of aloe Vear
There are so many ways this plant is used, here are just a few.
1. For minor cuts, burns and bruises apply aloe’s jelly.
2. For head cold boil and drink.
3. Washing your hair on a regular basis with aloe vera is said to increase growth.
4. Have itching skin, apply aloe vera for relief.
5. Aloe vera has also been used to reduce weight.
6. It helps to soothe rashes.
7. Aloe vera is known as an immune booster.
8. Reduces inflammation.
There are many products sold on the market that contains aloe vera.
Vitamin content includes Vitamin A, C, E, Vitamin B1, 2, 3, 12, calcium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and sodium.
The final word
Aloe vera is a plant that offers so many benefits, from garden design to health purposes, if you don’t have this plant as a part of your landscape and garden I encourage you to do so. You will be glad that you did.