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Aloe vera is a powerful medicinal plant used by the Rastafarians and Maroons for treating many conditions. Grow your own Aloe vera plant and have the fresh living Aloe plant available to use as this is the most powerful. On the beach in Jamaica they give tourists pieces of Aloe vera leaf to rub on their skin as they are sunbathing as a natural form of moisturiser, skin protection and suntan lotion. Common names: Sinkle Bible, Barbados Aloe, Curacao Aloe, Indian Aloe, Jafarabad Aloe, burn plant, lily of the desert, elephant’s gall, aloin, aloe-emodin, barbaloin (English); Ghrit Kumari, Kanya (Bengali & Sanskrit); Kumarpathu, kunawar(Gujarati); Ghee-kanwar, ghi-kuvar(Hindi); Kolasoar, Komarika, Maulisara(Kanada); Kattavazha (Malayalam); Korphad (Marathi); Kumari, Mushaboro(Oriya); Bhottu-katrazhae, Chirukattalai, Kottaalai(Tamil); Kalabanda(Telagu)
Botanical name or Scientific name:Aloe barbadensis Miller
Aloe vera growing is simple however the plant likes perfect drainage otherwise it will rot and prefers a hotter climates. To grow Aloe vera in cooler zones it must be protected in Winter. It also handles growing near the sea. Propagating Aloe vera is done by removing the pups or little side plants that grow from the base of the plant. Transplant them into a well drained mix in the growing season. Aloe vera leaf cuttings are difficult to strike. Taken in Spring and left to heal over they can then be tried in a course well drained mix. Care of Aloe vera plants involves as little fuss as possible.
This species of Aloe vera was grown in the parts of West Indies around 16 th century. It also acts as a topical sedative and a skin moisturizer.Aloe vera uses extend to the treatment and healing of various common everyday health problems like constipation to diseases and skin conditions such as psoriasis, rashes, treatment of scars, eczema, minor burns, redness, cancer and cold sores. Aloe vera information is readily available and further reading on this amazing plant is highly recommended.
The Aloe barbadensisMiller leaf is the medicinal part. Leaf gel, leaf Juice, fresh as well as dry and Aloe gel, obtained by breaking or slicing a leaf, is the principle part of the plant used in herbal medicine. The outer rind or skin of the plant is also used as a powerful stimulant laxative, but only in small amounts with prudent care. Harvest them every 6 to 8 weeks by removing 3 to 4 leaves per plant.
The are many benefits of Aloe vera as a beauty treatment for skin and hair, when used as a nutritional health drink or tonic applied topically to skin and scalp or as a cream and lotion. Organic Aloe vera gel can safely used on the face. Give yourself an Aloe vera facial by rubbing on the gel and leaving it to dry. An Aloe vera face mask from your own backyard. An Aloe vera recipe for treating symptoms of a cold or influenza involves drinking Aloe vera. Slit the leaf and scoop out the bitter tasting raw aloe vera gel, then blend up with an egg white until fluffy and drink down.
Aloe doesn’t like to be heat treated, filtered, concentrated or powdered; because such processes disturb its natural balance. The plant also requires very little care and attention, A tropical climate provides all the sun and water it needs. Grannies in Jamaica not only kept aloe in the house as natural healing treatment but also to ward off evil spirits. The latex of this Aloe vera plant is used for healing purposes and is grown in houses for curing various types of skin diseases. The person should only use the pure Aloe Vera gel by cutting the inner layer from the Aloe leaf which contains the yellow juice.
This species of Aloe vera plant is mostly grown in sandy or gravel soils. This Aloe Vera plant can survive without water for a long time wth leaves shrunken and curled for hot and dry climates. If sufficient water is given to this plant, this will make the leaves fleshy and juicy. The leaves of this species are utilized as alternative to soap and is mainly grown around seaside gardens.
This plant was grown in the 18 th century in many parts of Europe. This is the most famous species of Aloe Vera which acquired its popularity in the world because of strong architectural features, beautiful flowers and simple growth. The leaves of this plant are mainly dry and its stem is about 2m high. Aloe Africana is extensively grown in subtropical and warm temperate regions of the world. It is also grown in hills and flats and also in the south eastern regions of South Africa which is located in the Eastern Cape . It is also widely grown in containers and pots and in coastal gardens.
Aloe camperi was first grown in parts of Ethiopia and its growth is very simple. It contains a small stem and beautiful flowers. The Aloe vera leaves are dark green in color containing some light spots on the stem. When the flowers of this plant open, they appear in different colors like orange, pink and yellow. This plant requires sufficient water and a rich soil.