Aloe Vera in the natural medicine toolkit

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Aloe Vera in the natural medicine toolkit

March 10, 2019 Gardening Herbal Medicine 0
aloe vera cover image

Ever burnt your self so bad in the sun or kitchen that removing the afflicted limb seemed like the only choice?  I sure have. 😰 It’s one of those things that I should know better being a keen outdoor person, cook and most important protector of a small adventurous child… Sure I’m great at protecting our little one from the Sun and those hot burning things in the house, but me, well I tend to forget.

You see I’m easily distracted by life I’ve been known to potter in the garden for hours without a care in the world. Only to return to the house feeling that reassuring ache in the body. What I’ve often mistaken for the throb of a hard honest days work turns into the never-ending burning, relentless itch.


By no means am I advocating misadventure in the sun, as the damage to health by overexposure to the sun is well documented.


Why Aloe Vera

What I’m interested in is a relief or remedy to aid when I do get caught out. And on that note lets move on. This is something I wanted to add to the “tool kit” for a while so on my last trip looking for plants into the basket went an Aloe Vera plant. Not only is this a pretty little succulent but it also has a few well-documented benefits

 


Aloe Vera and its uses

This plant contains an abundance of nutrients vitamin and is also rich in antioxidants that make it incredibly healthy. It also contains antiseptic agents, immune-boosting compounds, enzymes, anti-inflammatory nutrients, amongst things.  Each of these qualities has beneficial effects in the body, which range from speeding the healing of skin to keeping your heart healthy.

Some of the things I’m interested in harnessing from the Aloe vera plant

  • Using the leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor to alleviate asthma.
  • Soothe and heal sunburns as Aloe contains cooling properties similar to menthol.
  • Take the sting or itch out of insect bites.

These are just a couple of useful things I’ve seen it can be used for. So I’m looking forward to learning more about what’s in it, and how it can be used.

Do you use it for anything not mentioned above? I’d love to hear from you if so.

 


My Aloe Vera

We all have our favourite shops, one of mine is Wilko’s in the UK. I really like them as they do some great things cheap, especially the garden,DIY and homebrew sections.

On my last visit, I managed to pick up these two great little things for £8.


aloe vera potting up

After I bought it and looked into Aloe Vera it seems a low wide pot is better for it so ill look to pot it on soon


finished aloe vera potted up

So while the winter winds down this lush little plant has a sunny corner to relax in, before moving to the GH for the summer.


Aloe Vera Propagation

This plant seems so great I can’t just have one so I’ll be looking to increase the Aloe population in the house over the year.

As it’s related to cacti it should be super easy to grow on. In some cases, this is true as a well-established plant will put out runners. These tiny runners are connected to the main root system of the plant.

Growing Aloe Vera from cuttings is a different matter however. The very high moisture content of the leaves can lead to problems and result in a shrivelled mess of aloe vera leaf.

So with that in mind ill give it a go growing on from cuttings, as I do like a challenge and so much can be learned from failing. But I may need to look at putting the plant in a bigger pot to give it the space to grow bigger and hopefully put out some runners that I can separate and move to another pot.

This may sound a little daunting removing part of the plant and transplanting it into another pot. Bear in mind that a little patience and it should be straight forward. The runners want to be a decent size say 1/5th of the parent plant and like most things have a good few sets of true leaves. If you’re happy with the size of it clean away the soil around the bottom of the runner and look where to cut it, you want to try and keep as much of its root system intact as possible. When it comes to doing this a clean sharp knife is important. We want to clean sharp tools to avoid damage and potential contamination.

Once its out transfer to a new pot containing 1 part compost to 1 part sand, easy.

Hopefully, if mine grows well ill document this better.


What’s next on the cards with Aloe Vera

Well, I suppose it needs a little rest after having potted it up, so it’s off to a sunny window sill for the time being. Hopefully as summer wisks around it puts on some good growth and I can make use of its medicinal goodness.

Let’s finish on this, have you ever used Aloe Vera as a natural medicine? If not it’s worth checking it out!


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All the best

D.

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