Aloe vera

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Aloe vera is a succulent plant and store water in its leaves, stems and roots creating a mucilaginous gel. The gel has been used as a common ingredient in ointment for treating sunburns, cuts and skin irritation.

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Aloe Vera nutrition and vitamins

Aloe is rich in vitamin C, amino acids, enzymes and germanium. According to Herbwisdom.com, numerous studies indicate aloe as a “general tonic” for the immune system.

Mayo Clinic states that there are some evidence that suggests aloe can treat constipation, genital herpes, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, but additional research is needed.

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According to herballegacy.com, aloe used for its healing properties for many centuries — earning the name “Plant of Immortality.” Here’s more on the History of aloe vera

How to grow aloe vera

Aloe is native to Africa and enjoys full sunlight and warm climates. If planting in a pot, make sure it has plenty of drainage holes. Plant in loose and sandy soil, and keep free of grass and weeds. Much like cacti, aloe stores water, allowing the pant to survive in dry conditions. Aloe can be easily over-watered. Water sparingly and when soil is dry.

  • Yellow leaves: Stop watering if leaves turn yellow, this is from excess water.
  • Thin and curled leaves: water more frequently
  • Brown leaves: decrease sunlight
  • Flat and low leaves: increase sunlight

Russell James “The Raw Chef” has a recipe on how to use aloe vera to make raw food smoothies.

DIY aloe and coconut moisturizer — the blog Little Green Dot has a simple skincare recipe for dry skin.

  • One aloe vera leaf
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of virgin raw coconut oil

Get the gel from the aloe leaf (see littegreendot.com for more details). Put in a blender with coconut oil. Since aloe is mostly water, the mixture will come out like juice. Pour into a spray bottle and spray on body and/or hair.

 

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