Aloe Vera Plants – Care & Uses

People have been growing aloe vera plants for literally thousands of years. It is one of the most widely used medicinal plants on the planet. If you are wondering, “How can I grow an aloe plant,” I am here to tell you that it is super easy. The first step in aloe vera plant care is to realize that this plant is a succulent. Like cacti, succulents do best in dry conditions.

Before you buy an aloe, note that you’ll need a location that offers bright, indirect sunlight (or artificial sunlight). Direct sunlight can dry out the plant too much and turn its fleshy leaves yellow, so you may need to water more often if your aloe lives in an especially sunny spot. I’d recommend keep the plant in or near a kitchen window for periodic use, humidity from cooking, and lots of bright, indirect light.

There’s a reason you always turn to aloe vera gel to soothe a painful sunburn. The plant is known for its ability to reduce inflammation and irritation, fight bacteria, and deeply moisturize parched skin. That’s why people have been reaching for the trendy succulent since ancient Egypt. To use, break off tip of spiny leaf and squeeze sap out.

Care

Light – Place in bright, indirect sunlight or artificial light. A windowsill in the kitchen of bathroom is ideal.
Water – water thoroughly but infrequently. The soil should feel moist after watering, but should be allowed to dry out before you water again. If the soil stays overly wet, the plant’s roots will rot and the plant will die.

Uses

  • natural moisturizer
  • soothes minor scrapes & burns and accelerates healing
  • fights acne
  • eases eczema & psoriasis flare-ups
  • eases itching from insect bites
  • heals dry, cracked skin

WARNING – do not digest aloe vera as it may cause nausea & diarrhea 😷

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