Aloe plants are pretty much the bees knees when it comes the botanical world. They have
multiple properties that are medically magical (I’m talking about you sunburns, general burns, eczema, and aging!) They are chocked full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They’re considered a “purifying” plant for the air you breathe, and let’s be real, fresh air is pretty magical. Oh, and they’re pretty much immortal, to the point even I haven’t killed one. And finally, succulents are all the rage, right? Right!? Yes, the lovely aloe is a succulent.
Intrigued yet? Let me tell you a little more about these things.
Aloe, Fresh Air.
Do you see what I did there? Anyway – aloe is listed among the top 10 of NASAs air purifying plants. They can help clear the air of benzene and formaldehyde, which can be left behind from chemical based cleaners, paints and other products.
Minor Medical Uses.
We all know to use aloe for sunburns, but you can also use it for minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, burns, etc. It can also help ease the sting from bees or the itchiness of bug bites. Additionally it can be used topically for sore muscles and orally for inflammation.
Skin Care & Beauty
From scarring and stretch marks to acne, aging and wrinkles or even just to brighten up your skin. There are many, many aloe health & beauty recipes around. They say Cleopatra used it as part of her own beauty routine so… if Cleopatra can, you probably can too!
From boiling a few leaves in in a pot of water and breathing the vapor to alleviate asthma to drinking aloe juice to help with gastric issues (including Crohn’s Disease), heart burn and other stomach problems.
Please note: before ingesting aloe, please consult a medical professional. I purposely left this part pretty vague there due to my lack of proper knowledge on ingestion and edibility of it.
Obtaining & Caring For Your Aloe Plant
- They’re fairly easy to find. Check with your local floral shop, garden center or I got mine at wal-mart.
- It’s pretty much impossible to kill, give it some water and let it do it’s thing in a sunny spot. (It should be noted that the plants also do well in the less sunny spots of the house too.)
- You really only need to buy one aloe plant and before long your little aloe will have babies which you can then transplant into other pots! Soon you’ll have enough for every room in the house!
Final Aloe related fun fact: the Egyptians called Aloe the “plant of immortality”…