Aloe vera how to plant it

Aloe vera how to plant it
Aloe vera is a rather simple plant that can be grown both outside and indoors. However if you decide to keep it outdoors, make sure that it is exposed to a rich amount of sunshine and heat since it tolerates low temperatures very badly.

Suffice it to say that it is therefore preferred to keep it indoors especially as it features an attractive look and will hence allow you to benefit from its gel all year long and all of this only requires very little maintenance.

Aloe vera plants can be easily found in garden centers or at your usual florists who can if necessary, order it.

Taking care of aloe vera

When repotting your aloe vera in a more voluminous pot, it is better recommended that you choose an adequate sized pot, a pot that is wider in the bottom where you will put gravels, broken pottery pieces, so as to supply a good drainage.

Next, you should place the plant in and add some compost, opt rather for some compost with cactus. Finally, set your plant in a place that ideally receives some good sunlight for at least 6 to 7 in the morning, but the plant must not be directly exposed to sun rays.

Aloe vera requires only a few amount of water, therefore watering every week during summer and once every other week during winter is more than enough.

You can add some phosphorus fertilizer from time to time so that your plant will gain a better vitality.
Repotting aloe vera must be done rather frequently like every two or three years, since the plant grows quite fast.

Growing aloe vera

Aloe vera reproduces very soon, and quite frequently you will be able to see some small shoots budding up around the mother plant, and as soon as they reach about fifteen centimeters you can repot them in turn.

Otherwise, there is also another technique that at times, gives very good results, for this, simply cut an aloe vera leaf, let it dry for a few hours, then transplant it in a pot with some cactus compost and pour some water and leave the rest in nature’s hands.
Finally, do not forget that there are several hundred types of aloe vera, it is therefore necessary to choose the best and we recommend you to opt for the aloe arborescence which grows faster and taller, aloe aristata, or even aloe saponaria.

Origin and history of aloe vera

Origin and history of aloe vera
If its geographical origin continues to remain a doubt, with regards to its history however, traces of papers discussing the customary use and the benefactions of aloe vera have been found dating back to more than 5000 years.

The Canary Islands, in peninsula or even in Sudan, there are many paths found, that relate to the origin of this plant, but to this day, nothing has been better proven so as to support the exact geographical origin when compared to others. For some, it’s the Mediterranean region, and for others; India or perhaps even China …

The reason for such an uncertainty is quite simply because this plant’s very-well recognized virtues, apparently appears to be the target of business and culture almost everywhere in the world.
And even on a purely etymological plan, several doubts still remain, since aloe could probably originate from the Arabic word ” Alloeh ” or even from that of the Hebrew ” Allal ” which centers its origins to the Arabic world, but it could also come from the African word ” Aalwijn ” and therefore come from Africa. In short, you might have already understood that this is indeed very vague.

However with reference to its many uses, and gustative or curative qualities, there is an enormous amount of documentation, and it appears that aloe vera is a part of the pharmacopoeia to a number of people.

Egyptians for example have already used aloe vera for beauty care at the time, but also to cure certain external skin diseases or other internal problems. The same was in Greek during classical times.
Alexander the Great appeared as a great fan of this plant just as Christopher Columbus who considered it as a first-class medicinal plant very recently.
A success which had not gone down the drain since aloe vera has never been brought to the forefront as much as these recent years.

Contraindications of aloe vera

Contraindications of aloe vera
Aloe vera is an entirely natural product that is recommended for its many benefactions for the human body.

However like every other product, several precautions of use must necessarily be taken since it can result in unwanted effects or simply because its consequences of a huge consumption on certain bodies are not yet fully certain.
 

Known contraindications

Aloin: major risks with aloe vera mainly relate to aloin; one of the components present in the aloe vera latex that has solid laxatives properties. Consequently it is advisable that pregnant women, nursing mothers, those suffering from ulcers, from renal disorders and from cardiac diseases should refrain from consuming aloe vera gel, juice or pulp. On the other hand a topical application will result in no proven danger and can be used at discretion.

It is also recommended for those suffering with no illness, to stop any aloe vera consumption in the case of severe diarrhea, vomiting or nausea.

Blood sugar problems: All those with blood sugar concerns, diabetes or any related condition, or those undergoing treatment for this condition, should refrain from consuming aloe vera, since aloe vera can cause a drop in blood sugar levels.

Burns: it’s worth remembering that aloe vera gel can be used to treat first degree burns, but it’s best that you refrain from using this on major burns such as second or third degree burns.

Wounds: aloe vera can be used to help in healing wounds, but then again, it’s only on less severe, mild or shallow wounds. Applying aloe vera gel for more serious wounds is not recommended.

Finally, the last contraindication is mostly a safety precaution, be careful on the products that you choose to buy, since everything and anything can be found available on the market and cheap products of this kind rarely goes in line with quality products.

Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel
Although it’s still not very well-known, this great cactus offers many important benefits, suitable for any use, internal or external and hence, aloe vera gel is an inescapable ally for both your skin and body.

As regards for your skin, it’ll know the exact methods of nourishing and moisturizing your skin to retain its suppleness, elasticity and natural beauty. Consuming aloe vera gel will furnish you with all the essential nutrients and amino acids you need, in terms of quality. It will strengthen your immune system thanks to its many vitamins, and will help improve your digestive system.

Where can you buy some aloe vera gel

There are thousands of places to buy some aloe vera gel or some aloe vera juice, where the latter is simply a mixture of gel and water.
On the other hand the quality of the purchased gel is a determinant for various properties it offer, therefore it is better to choose a 100 % perfect organic gel, which provides the certainty that it’s strongly effective.

Having said that, handmade products are not the only best choice, but note that aloe vera gel is translucent and certainly not as green as might be observed, and that in order for a better preservation, it has to be stored in opaque bottles and kept in the refrigerator.

Make your own aloe vera gel

Aloe vera is a plant of the sun, and consequently it is less frequently found kept outdoors in the tropics, since aloe vera does not support low temperatures. On the other hand, aloe vera makes an ideal house plant and will create a pleasant ambience in your home.
If you already own an aloe vera at your home, it’ll only take you seconds to make some gel.

– First, cut a leaf
– Open it and extract the gel and the internal pulp with a spoon
– Then mix it and put it in a jar in the refrigerator where it must be kept for approximately two weeks.