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Why You Should Grow Your Own Aloe Vera

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Beauty products contain aloe vera, but aloe vera in your smoothie? Aloe vera has many health and beauty benefits for the whole body, beyond just the commonly known ones. Place a plant on your windowsill and you’ll have your own first aid kit, beauty solution, and health food all in one. Here are a couple uses of fresh aloe vera:

1. Spread it on your skin. Break off the tip of an aloe leaf and spread the clear gel all over. The gel is great for soothing cuts and scrapes and sunburned skin. It can also be used to calm the burning and itching from poison ivy and other rashes. While you can get aloe vera gel in a tube, nothing compares to the gel straight from the leaf when it comes to freshness and potency. Aloe vera has also long been used as a beauty solution. It can also be used against ultraviolet radiation and as a preventive measure against acne.

2. Put it in your drink. Aloe vera has long been known for its health benefits for the digestive system and is sometimes eaten cooked in Asian countries or mixed into beverages. It has been reported to soothe irritable bowel syndrome as well as helping ease other digestive inconsistencies. One easy way to try it is to put a chunk of the raw, clear gel into a glass of fruit juice. This can be orange juice, grape juice, or any other juice you prefer. Cheers to good health! You might have heard of aloe vera being a laxative, but it is only the yellow inner lining of the leaf that contains laxative properties. Eating the clear gel from the inside should not have negative effects.

3. Eat it. In some Asian countries, aloe vera is eaten cooked as a vegetable. It has many vitamins and is good for your health. You can try cooked aloe vera yourself by taking several large leaves and peeling off all the skin until only the clear gel remains. Chop the gel into bite-sized segments and sauté gently with a little oil. Season it to your taste.

4. Grow for decoration. Once you get it going under the right conditions, aloe vera will grow and grow and just keep growing. Keep it indoors if you live in a climate with harsh winters, and it will thrive and expand into a giant ornamental beauty. As long as you give it a big enough pot, the plant will continue to grow. It flowers, too, but the main show is the long, fleshy arms that can grow several feet long!

No need to buy a big plant. You can start with a small one, and before you know it you’ll have more aloe vera than you can eat and use!

Why Aloe Vera is My Favorite Frugal Houseplant

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

I love Aloe plants. They’re cheap, they’re easy to grow and propagate, and they’re useful! To be truthful, I generally don’t have good luck with house plants. Even the hardiest of indoor plants has been known to die in my care. Even so, I’ve had great luck with Aloe plants. There are many types of Aloes, but I stick with Aloe Vera, because its the once most commonly used for medicinal purposes, and the easiest type to find. They really appeal to my frugal nature. The ones I had didn’t cost me a cent, they were babies from a friend’s plant. I use the gel often, and even grow the babies as gifts.

I have a bunch aloe plants right now, sunning themselves out on the deck. I have a couple of larger plants, then some babies I’m growing to a decent size for gift giving. Aloe plants make great gifts for a cook (the gel is great on kitchen burns), and good small housewarming or hostess gifts. I can almost always find cute decorative pots for the babies for a quarter or so at yard sales.

I’ve only had a few years of experience with Aloe plants (although my Grandparents always had one in their kitchen). Some people have plants that are 20 years old or more. The father of a friend of mine has a potted Aloe, with lots of babies, that must be three feet wide. I hope mine will do as well! I’m still an Aloe novice, but that’s kind of my point here.. even people without green thumbs or much gardening knowledge do well with an Aloe plant!

A lady at a farmer’s market once told me that Aloes grow better in terra cotta pots. So, the next year when I was replanting the babies (or “pups”, as some people call them), I put a few in terra cotta, and a few in hard ceramic or plastic posts. She was right- the plants in terra cotta pots definitely did better. I usually let the baby plants grow until they are crowding the pot, and then I’ll separate and re-pot them (usually in spring). I’ve heard that you should leave the babies out of a pot for a couple of weeks before re-planting. I don’t do this- but would perhaps have more success if I did. As it is, I just re-plant the babies I separate off the main plant, and hope for the best.

I think one of the reasons I do well with Aloes and other succulents is that the watering schedule is easy. Water the heck out of them when they’re dry, then let the soil dry out before you water then again. Too much water can definitely hurt them, as they are prone to rot. With Aloe plants, too little water is much better than too much water.

The only other issues I’ve had are plants that want to tip over. This usually occurs because the lower leaves on the plant fall off, and the plant becomes top heavy. I’ve had some luck with re potting these plants deeper into their pots. Make sure your container is large enough to not topple over from the weight of the plant. I’ve had several Aloes in too-small pots do “headers” off of my porch for this very reason. Aloes don’t seem to have as much of an issue with being pot bound as other plants.

I use the gel inside the leaves on burns, scrapes, bug bites, sunburn, etc. Last summer, I used the gel a few times a week on a scar. It seemed to help make the scar less noticeable -although it was far from a scientific experiment. It’s made bug bites stop itching almost instantly. If you run the bug bitten area under the hottest water you can comfortably stand, then apply the Aloe- it seems to work best. The hot water makes the itch intensify for a second, but then will dull it, along with the Aloe. I think Aloe sometimes has a placebo effect- but that’s OK with me. If it works, it works.

Sometimes, a whole leaf will break off at the bottom of a plant from the trunk. If this happens, I cut the leaf into pieces, then freeze the pieces in a plastic container. I can take out a small piece when needed, let it thaw awhile, and then squeeze the gel out to use it.

I haven’t noticed much difference between the quality of the frozen gel and fresh aloe Vera gel. The consistency is a little different, but they work the same. In fact, I was surprised at how well the leaf pieces will freeze. I don’t like the way an aloe leaf looks when it is healing- so I will often pull off the whole leaf, use the gel I need, then freeze the rest of the pieces. This has saved us some money on things like after bite cream, aloe gel for sunburns, etc. It’s very handy when you burn yourself in the kitchen to have an Aloe plant nearby for relief. I’ve even used aloe gel on poison ivy and on zits. Kids especially seem to like to have a piece of leaf to dab gel on their bug bites, etc. It’s also good on diaper rash and dry skin. I know some people drink a form of Aloe Vera juice, but I’ve also heard some types can be poisonous when ingested. I’d stick to external uses only to be safe, or talk to your doctor.

You can likely obtain an Aloe plant for free if you have a friend who has one. Just ask nicely for one of the babies next time they re-pot the plant. If you need to buy one, they are inexpensive. A plant that’s just a few inches tall will probably run you three dollars or less. Some warmer areas even have wild Aloe growing.

An indoor Aloe plant will not only help to beautify an area, it will provide healing gel, as well as helping to purify your indoor air. Pieces of Aloe leaf can also be fed to some birds as a treat. (talk to your vet first!) I’ve used aloe gel (with my vet’s approval) on various types of scrapes and external wounds on dogs and cats as well.

I’ve even seen a frugal tip about using Aloe gel as a hair gel. I’ve never tried it, but can imagine it would work OK in a pinch! The gel itself is marvelous. It’s got a light, pleasant smell, its not sticky, and has healing and antibacterial qualities I don’t even begin to understand. I’ve read that older plants contain more of the “healing” ingredients, but in my experience, the gel from young plants works just as well as from my older plants. My older plants are only a few years old themselves though, so that might change as the plants mature.

This may seem obvious, but I also like that the gel is “all natural”. I looked at a tube of Aloe Vera burn gel, and was shocked at all of the ingredients it contained. I like using Aloe gel, because it has no chemicals, by-products etc. It also helps me be more environmentally conscious, as it cuts down on the number of tubes of sunburn cream, bug bite spray, diaper rash creme, etc. that I have to buy, and all the packaging, transportation, etc. required to get those products to me.

Aloe plants make a great classroom project. Wait until you have plants with enough babies that each student can have one. Have them help you replant the babies (cardboard milk containers, plastic cups, etc. work fine for small plants) a few months before Mother’s day. Line the windowsills with the babies, and let your students care for them and watch them grow until it is time to take them home as gifts. Let them decorate the pots before planting. Be sure to pot some extras for the babies that don’t make it! I also keep a larger aloe plant in my classroom at all times for small ones.

If you have lots of Aloe plant babies, and have run out of friends and family to give them to, consider selling your extras at a plant or yard sale. I’ve seen several yard sales offering plant babies and cuttings for sale cheaply. Use tin cans, plastic cups, and other “free” pot sources to keep your profit margin up. You’ll probably only get a dollar or two each for small plants, but if you’re having a yard sale anyway, they can be a great addition. An aloe plant can also make a good gift for a person in a nursing home, since the plants don’t require much care. Take one in a pretty pot to your child’s teacher, or as a small “thank you” to anyone who does something nice for you. Aloe plants are generally very well received as small gifts. They’re a nice “just because” gift, small enough that they don’t make the recipient feel guilty about not getting you something in return.

Aloe truly is a frugal plant. It can be obtained for free and it does not require much time or effort to grow. It’ll help clean your air or soothe a burn, and it looks pretty too. It reproduces itself, allowing you to give the babies as gifts. What more could you ask for from a simple houseplant?

Travelers Herbal First Aid Kit

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Whether you are traveling across the country or going for a day hike, a first aid kit can be a life saver. These are essential herbs and items I always keep on hand when I travel or go off camping. All of these items can, also be easily be found at a basic health food store and drugstore.

Basic essential for a first aid kit: ACE bandage, adhesive bandages in several different sizes, including butterfly bandages (for deeper cut wounds), cotton, gauze, medical tape, small scissor, thermometer, tweezers and Q-tips

Arnica oil – Effective at stopping pain and healing bruises quickly, arnica can be rubbed directly on a bruise, effected muscle or injury. Do not apply to open wounds.

Aloe vera – Aloe vera is great to cool, soothe and heal sunburns and minor skin burns. Keep a small container of aloe vera gel in your first aid kit and apply to burned skin.

Citronella – One of the most used natural bug repellants, citronella, is very good at keeping away mosquitos. Add it to some plain lotion or mix several drops to witch hazel or oil, to make a prepared insect repellant for your trip.

Cayenne – I never leave home without cayenne. It is an essential cure all. It is easiest to carry it in capsule form, you can just break open the capsule to use the powder as needed. Taking capsule internally or sprinkling some in your socks can help you warm up in very cold locations. Sprinkle a capsule on a wound to stop the bleeding and pain and increase healing.

Clove oil – An unexpected toothache can ruin any travel plans. To stop the pain and not your trip, put a couple of drops of clove oil on a q-tip and rub it around the gums of the effected tooth and apply it to the tooth. Clove oil is aso an good antiseptic to use to wash your hands with.

Electrolyte replacement – Electrolyte supplements can be very useful, whether hiking or just traveling. I, personally like to take Emergen C packets with me. They are very light and pack very well, not taking up much room. Plus, they come in a choice of many different flavors. They are backed with vitamin C, too, great to keep your immune system boosted.

Ginger – Ginger is an age old remedy for motion sickness, nausea and an upset stomach. It can be taken in pill, tea, tincture and even crystallized form. All forms are effective and travel very well.

Goldenseal – A natural antibiotic, goldenseal, is great for travelers diarrhea. It is also good to take to keep your immune system up, for long distance travel that can cause stress on your body.

Tea tree oil – If a super bug founds its way onto your skin, despite any repellant, apply tea tree oil to ease the itching and help heal the bite. Tea tree oil can also be used to treat and heal abcess’ and other wounds.

Once you have all the remedies you need, put them together in a plastic container with compartments or a make-up case/pouch. I use a little soft zippered pouch and find it best for fitting in my backpack and luggage, without it taking up too much room.

Top Five Aloe Vera Uses

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

There are so many uses for aloe vera but these are the top five aloe vera uses. Aloe Vera has been used for medical treatments since prehistoric times. Aloe Vera has amazing medicinal qualities. The most important qualities found is its Antiviral, Anti fungal, Anti parasitic and Antibiotic qualities. There are hundred of uses for aloe Vera but there are five uses for aloe Vera that should be talked about. The aloe Vera found in stores will do but nothing is better than the real thing. Growing your own aloe plant in easy and can take a lot of abuse. They are easy to grow and is a must for any household. Here are the top five uses for aloe Vera.

Minor Burns

Aloe Vera can be used on minor burns. Sunburn is one of the most common uses for aloe Vera. Just rub some aloe Vera gel into the skin that has sunburn for some good relief. Other burns aloe Vera is good for is razor burn, and heat rash. The best way to get relief is to mix now cup of aloe gel in with a bath of warm water. Just soak in the tub for some nice soothing relief.

Cuts and Scraps

For minor cuts, blisters, and scraps aloe Vera is a perfect choice. A small amount of fresh aloe gel applied over the cut, blister, or scrap will dry and create its own natural band-aids. Only use this on minor cuts and scraps. Major wounds can actually take longer to heal if they are not treated properly by a medical professional.

Psoriasis

This chronic skin condition is a painful and itchy skin condition. Psoriasis is a hereditary skin disease which causes the skin to get dry and scaly. The Aloe Vera gel softens and soothes the skin scales. Just apply the gel directly on the skin three times a day for about a month. Studies show an almost 85 percent effective rate of this disease.

Acne

Acne can be annoying and painful. By applying Aloe Vera directly on the outbreak you can cure your acne due to its antibacterial properties. Studies show that 90 percent of people who use aloe Vera on their acne almost completely clear up in five days. That is great compared to the only six percent that other medical creams do.

Shingles

Shingles which is the adult version of chickenpox, usually occurs in adults with a low immune system. Aloe Vera can be used on painful shingles caused by the herpes virus. By applying aloe directly on the open sores it dilates the blood vessels, which aids in healing the wounds.

As you can see Aloe Vera has many uses. It has been used for thousands of years and will continue to be used for thousands more. Next time you see an aloe plant at the store, get one. It will become the best and most used plant you ever owned. So next time you need aloe remember these are the top five aloe vera uses today.

Tips for Growing Aloe Vera Plants

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Aloe Vera plants are so useful. From the well known healing powers for burns, to the lesser known help they give with digestion and allergies. But Growing an Aloe Vera plant requires a bit different care then your typical plant. Here are some tips Ive found help greatly.

Aloe Vera plants can be bought at most any garden center store. It can also be found in the wild. When choosing your aloe Vera plant, look for one that is large with good green leaves. However a smaller plant, even one with brownish or Gray leaves can be grown without problems. If you find a less then pleasing specimen, know that it is probably improper care that is causing the downfall, and a bit of love will perk it right up. If its leaves are brownish or grayish, it has been exposed to too much light, when you bring it home, place it in a area that receives no direct light and the leaves will perk back upright and turn green. My kitchen is a perfect area. The bathroom is a generally good area for aloe as well.

Aloe Vera grows great inside and out. Like most plants, it will grow better outside in indirect light. Inside it grows slower and must stay out of indirect light. It must be potted in well draining soil, preferably mixed with a bark or moss or even sand that helps promote proper draining. Aloe Vera’s are succulents, they store water and as such they need less water then typical plants. Much like cactus’s. Allowing the soil to dry between waterings can help promote growth. Proper drainage is essential or you can get root rot. Adding ammonium nitrate as a fertilizer once a year can be beneficial if the plant looks to be faltering or wilting.

Like many plants that one grows both indoors and out, it has different care tips. If your Aloe is outside, it needs to be in shade, as much as possible, under a tree works well. With well draining soil. It must be protected from freezing in the winter. Grows best in a southern area but it can be wintered in more northern areas if its mulched properly. However if it freezes, it will die. Outside, they grow nearly twice as fast as inside, so be prepared for a larger outdoors plant. It can grow up to two or three feet tall in optimal conditions. Perhaps bigger, but i haven’t seen it larger then that.

Propagation from an Aloe plant is done by offshoots. The mother plant will send up baby shoots, or pups near the base. When they get to be several inches tall and have a small root system of their own, cut the root from the mother plant and place it in its own pot. Water well then allow the plant to sit for a few weeks. This way the plant will establish good roots. If it looks to be wilting too much, some is to be expected, water it a small amount. It can flower and produce seeds,. which in turn can be planted however it is rare inside as conditions are rarely optimal for flowering. If yours does flower however, feel free to plant the seeds in a seedling pot and grow your second generation Aloe plants.The plant will need to be re-potted when it becomes root-bound. Unlike plants such as spider plants and Ivy’s which do well wen root-bound, the aloe can wilt or produce many pups when it runs low on root space. Using a larger pot with well draining soil will stop the mother plant from producing babies and continue its own growth.

There aren’t too many problems with Aloe plants. Most plants are easy to grow. No direct light, water once a week or less often if the conditions require and keeping the plant in a pot which allows room for the roots to breathe and grow the plant larger. However problems do occur. If your leaves are brown or grayish, the plant is getting too much light. Put it in a room with no direct sunlight, a kitchen often works well. If the leaves fall over or lay flat it is because of insufficient light. Move to a better lit area. IF the leaves are very thin, not the usual succulent thick and soft feeling, its because the plant is not getting enough water and is using up its own storage. Not very conductive if you want to use the aloe for its medicinal qualities.

To harvest your aloe leaves. clip or cut the leave as close to the base as possible. Using the leaves farthest outside because they are the oldest and therefore the strongest of the leaves. Cut it from the mother plant, then slice it in half width wise. Scrape out the clear goo and you are ready to use it. Store the goo in a glass container with a lid or use immediately. You must do this all in one step as the Aloe plant begins to heal itself very quickly by forming a scab over the cut end of the branch. If you wish to save the branch and take it with you. store in a sealed bag and re-cut when you are needed. This works well for taking the plant with you to say a game in the sun, a lake or beach or other summer activity that occurs outside and a sunburn might pop up.

Armed with a few basic ideas you should be able to grow a nice healthy aloe plant that has many wonderful qualities outside of being a lovely houseplant.

The Secret Healing Power of Aloe Vera

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

For centuries many cultures and peoples have been known to use aloe vera in their remedies for all types of ailments. Until recently western medicine has paid little attention to any type of natural remedy, including aloe vera.

However, many western doctors are now paying attention to the mysterious healing powers of aloe vera. Just what is it that makes aloe vera such a powerful healer? Studies have shown that the aloe plant contains a certain type of sugar that acts as an agent for healing in several types of illnesses. It has been shown to decrease inflammation, to decrease bacteria and viruses, to prevent tumors , just to name a few. Many medical journals are now hot on the trail of reporting the results of these studies.

Manufacturers are now jumping on the bandwagon to produce many types of aloe products. However, it is not clear that the same healing properties hold true for processed aloe products as in a fresh aloe plant. Most products are heavily processed and just ineffective.

What are some ways you can use aloe vera effectively? First of all you should use a fresh aloe vera plant and harvest the gel by cutting off a leaf and squeezing it. The gel can be used and applied to any type of skin condition. It is very effective for sunburns, acne, wrinkles, bee stings , rashes etc.

The use of aloe vera on skin conditions basically repairs the damaged collagen and aids in generating new tissue. It can decrease any swelling to the affected area and can be a pain reliever.

While many people are used to using aloe vera for burns and skin conditions few people realize that it can also be taken internally. It can be used as an antioxidant and has been shown to minimize symptoms in serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes and several autoimmune diseases.

Aloe vera truly is a secret healing agent of the ages. Although it’s been around for centuries many people are finally waking up to discover this natural remedy for common modern health problems. Especially those that are fed up with all the side effects of pharmaceuticals and other drugs.

Sure, many people argue that we need more proof and that all these results could be a matter of the placebo effect. However, what have we got to lose by using this natural remedy that’s been around for years? We simply have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Especially when you weigh the fact that using aloe vera has virtually no side effects and provides healing properties equal to that of many prescription drugs on the market today.

In reality the truth is that experience is the best decision maker. So, give aloe vera a try and see how it works for you. Then you can experience this miracle plant for yourself and discover what that ancient cultures have known for many generations.

Aloe vera could be the ancient key to the health ailments of our modern society.

The Miraculous Aloe Vera Plant

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

The earth contains a wealth of plants that benefit humans in a myriad of ways and a familiar one that people read about and see on their sun gel labels and perhaps in lotions and ointments is aloe vera. Summer seems like a great time to learn about the natural healing properties of this ancient herb that has been used for millennia by people all over the world.

What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe is a perennial succulent that comes to us from East and South Africa but has been transplanted across the globe, although it thrives outdoors only in tropical climates. It has a strong fibrous root that grows and produces a sort of rosette of flat leaves with sharp points. In the very center of the leaf you will find a gel that when the leaf is cut or opened will yield what we call aloe vera gel!

The history of aloe is really interesting. Columbus had it on board his ship and even wrote in his diary, “All is well, aloe is on board.” , which demonstrates the ancient knowledge that it was truly a healing plant. It has long been rumored that aloe vera was the material used to preserve the body of Jesus Christ.

This mythic tale makes sense when we understand how valued this plant was to ancient people with no CVS drugstore around the corner from them. Home healers and tribal herbalist have made healing poultices from the aloe plant that was cultivated and grown for generations. And even today’s modern doctors know that aloe vera’s powers are genuine. http://books.google.com/books?

Medicinal value of aloe

Many times modern doctors dispute the herbal healing powers of plants, but even they agree that aloe vera is curative. It’s used for X-ray burns, sunburn, chemical burns, first degree burns, bedsores, ulcers of the skin, canddial yeast infections, intestinal ulcers, insect bites and stings, plant irritations, and mouth and cold sores.

How to use Aloe

Aloe comes in several forms, including just growing a plant and cutting open a leaf when you have a sunburn! But you can purchase it as a gel, ointment, or lotion. You can buy liquid drink concentrates or powders for internal ulcers and injuries of the mouth. Nature’s Way has a capsule aloe vera that you can purchase for laxative purposes and intestinal issues.

For severe burns, a purchased quality lotion or gel with high concentrations of purified aloe gel may be the best choice. Island Remedy makes a wonderful Aruba aloe vera gel that our family loves.

Growing Aloe Vera

It’s easy! Find a pot, plant the seeds and you have an instant burn treatment at your fingertips whenever it’s needed. I always have an aloe vera plant on my kitchen window sill along with cilantro, basil and chives. You won’t want to eat the aloe vera leaves, they are truly bitter! But when you’re cooking away and you get a steam burn, nothing works better than breaking open a aloe vera leaf and smearing that cooling healing gel on your burn.

The plant requires sun daily, and normal watering, does well if you forget to water it, but it has lots of water in it’s leaves and stems, so keep it watered. Follow the great growing and propagation tips at Growing Aloe Vera. Yes, you can propogate by cutting and making new starts, I do it for people all the time.

All in all, aloe vera is one of nature’s most useful plants and one that is easy to add to the home gardner’s window sill or garden pot. Grow a little aloe today!

Research resources
Aloe Vera at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloe_vera
http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/5358/1/Aloe-Vera—The-Medical-Mystery-Of-The-Friendly-Flora.html
History of Aloe Vera
Island Remedy Website
Growing Aloe Vera

The Benefits of Aloe Vera

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Have you ever heard of the Aloe vera plant? People use it for a variety of purposes. In this article, I will describe the Aloe vera plant and its benefits.

The Aloe vera plant is a type of succulent that grows in warm environments. It is fairly common to see one in south Texas or other similar locales. Aloe veras can be grown as a potted plant or outdoors in the ground. Just make sure that you cover the Aloe vera if it’s going to freeze.

Aloe veras can be grown inside your home as well, but I have found it difficult to sustain them indoors. Whenever I tried growing Aloe veras indoors, the plants would simply not mature. The Aloe vera didn’t die(unless I over watered them), they just would not grow. I believe the problem was that the Aloe veras needed more heat; temperatures in the eighties and nineties are ideal for them.

Aloe vera plants are usually green, and have small thorns on the edges of the leaves. The thorns are not that big of a deal, and they are easy to avoid. The skin of the Aloe vera plant also has milky white splotches on it. This colorful mixture makes the Aloe vera highly coveted by people who want to use it for decorative purposes.

When the Aloe vera plants reach a certain age, they produce an orange, yellow, or red flower. The conditions have to be nearly perfect for the Aloe vera to produce any flora. In my opinion, the flower resembles honeysuckle blossoms. But the flower doesn’t seem to give off a scent, unlike the honeysuckle.

Aloe vera plants are easy to propagate. Once the plants mature, they start to produce new Aloe vera plants. After these Aloe vera cuttings grow a few inches, you should remove them from the adult plant. If you don’t, the cuttings will drain the resources of the adult plant. These cuttings will not kill the adult plant, but they will slow its growth.

What about the medicinal uses that everyone is always raving about? It’s true; Aloe veras do have medical uses. Aloe veras are great for insect bites, infections, softer skin; etc. You will often find the Aloe vera juice to be a part of moisturizers, conditioners, soaps; etc. Some Asian countries even drink the Aloe vera juice in teas and other drinks.

To treat a wound with the Aloe vera plant, simply cut off one of the leaves from the main plant. Then, slice open the leaf until some of the juice leaks out. After this, simply apply the juice to your wound or insect sting. The Aloe vera juice is a sticky sap, but it doesn’t burn or hurt at all. It just feels gooey.

The sap will eventually dry, and you can then bandage the wound. For insect stings, you should feel less pain in a few minutes after applying the sap. As I mentioned in another article, the Aloe vera sap is even effective against scorpion bites. Trust me; scorpion bites hurt!

Where can you purchase Aloe veras? Most nurseries carry them, and so do stores such as Walmart or Target. You could also just find a mature Aloe vera in the wild, and snatch a few of the baby plants for yourself. However, be sure that you don’t just snap off a leaf.

Aloe vera leaves will not put out roots; you need the stem for that purpose. Just dig an inch or two into the soil, and yank on the baby Aloe vera’s root. The root will make a snapping sound, and you should be able to see a brown stem with some tiny white roots come up from the soil. Or there may be no white roots; it doesn’t really matter. As long as you see the brownish stem, the plant should do well.

To grow the baby Aloe vera, simply stick it in some soil. That’s it. Just make sure you water the plant albeit more often then you normally would because the baby Aloe vera will not have much in the way of roots. But after a month or so, the plant should start to grow taller and new roots will form. Oh, and you may want to brace the baby Aloe vera with something to keep it from falling over.

The Aloe vera plant is very useful for relieving pain from insect bites or other injuries. It is also fairly attractive, and can be used for decorative purposes. Check the ingredients in your soap or other similar products; you might be surprised to see the Aloe vera sap mixed in.

Prevent Hair Loss with Aloe Vera

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

If you are one of the millions of individuals who are suffering from hair loss, then you are well-aware of the emotional and social damage this can bring you. While there are thousands of hair-growth products on the market, most of these carry harmful chemicals that can actually cause your hair to fall out more before it begins to work. These products do have a success rate, but their price and risk of further hair loss causes many to simply sit around and hope their hair will grow back. But did you know that you can promote hair growth by using a common plant that treats sunburns and other types of skin problems? Aloe Vera has been shown to effectively stimulate your hair follicles, and actually re-grow your hair.

The first step to evaluating your hair loss is to go see your dermatologist. There are many various reasons why you are loosing your hair. Some are simple genetics, others reasons range from sickness, vitamin deficiencies and even stress. Once you visit your doctor they will be able to inform you why your hair is falling out, and can help provide you with further information on how to cure this condition. Many times, they will suggest improving your diet, enhancing your intake of certain vitamins and if you are sick, they will most likely put you on a medication that will cure your illness, which is causing your hair loss.

After you have visited your dermatologist, or family doctor, then you will want to take a trip to a health food store, or a herbal shop. These stores will carry a wide variety of Aloe Vera products that have been specially designed for your hair. Expect for these hair care products to be slightly more expensive than standard shampoo, but yet, still much cheaper than Rogain or other hair loss products.

Aloe Vera treats your scalp by promoting growth of new hair within your scalp. The enzymes that work will not only promote healthy new hair, but will also soothe many different scalp conditions. The best part about Aloe Vera hair products is they do not have any side effects, unlike the synthetic hair-growth chemicals that are found in numerous other products. You can also create your own Aloe Vera shampoo by mixing pure Aloe Vera gel with coconut milk and germ oil. Replace your existing shampoo with this new mixture, and wash your hair everyday

Pamper Your Skin with Aloe Vera

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

The aloe vera plant (also called Aloe barbadensis) is unique among plants for its importance in the cosmetics industry. Cosmetic products made with aloe vera are used to treat everything from dry and scaly skin to chapped lips and dermatitis. Aloe vera is most noted for it’s gel and juice which is widely used in creams, lotions, shampoos and a variety of other cosmetic preparations. Aloe vera gel and juice are available commercially in liquid and in dehydrated form. An oil-soluble extract is also produced from the aloe vera plant. It is sold under the names aloe vera oil and aloe vera extract.

Aloe vera pulp is the clear, thick substance inside of the aloe vera leaf. (It is often called aloe vera gel, but it is usually treated before it is sold commercially). Aloe vera juice is made by liquefying aloe vera pulp. Aloe vera gel is made by adding a thickener such as irish moss to aloe vera juice. Aloe vera oil is made by extracting oil-soluble portions of the aloe vera plant into a light vegetable oil, such as safflower oil. Aloe vera juice, gel and oil can be used in cosmetics.

Using Aloe Vera In Your Cosmetics.
Here are some ideas for incorporating aloe vera into your cosmetic formulas.

•Aloe Vera Bath Salts:
Add a small amount of aloe vera oil or dehydrated aloe vera gel to Epsom salt or sea salt to make Aloe Vera Bath Salts.

•Aloe Vera Bath and Body Oils:
Add a small amount of aloe vera oil and your favorite essential oil or fragrance oil to a blend of light vegetable oils (such as corn oil, jojoba oil or sunflower oil) to make aloe vera bath oils, aloe vera body oils and aloe vera hair oils.

•Aloe Vera Soaps:
To make aloe vera liquid soaps add some aloe vera gel or aloe vera oil to liquid castile soap. To make aloe vera bar soaps from scratch replace some of the water in your recipe with aloe vera gel or juice or replace some of the oils in your recipe with aloe vera oil. To make aloe vera soap from premade soap you can melt down soap flakes, add some aloe vera oil or gel to the melted solution, stir well and pour into soap molds.

•Precautions When Using Aloe Vera In Your Cosmetics
Aloe vera gel and juice are highly perishable, and should only be used in cosmetics that are self-preserving (such as cosmetics that contain a high percentage of soap, alcohol, glycerin or other preservative) or in cosmetics that will be used up quickly. Also, some people may be allergic to aloe vera, or the preservatives that are used in commercially available aloe vera gel and aloe vera extract. If in doubt, perform a patch test on yourself before using aloe vera in your cosmetics. To perform a patch test, apply a small bit of aloe vera on the inside of your arm. Cover it up with a bandage. Leave it alone for 24 hours. If you see a reaction, avoid aloe vera in your products.