Have been browsing your site and find it very informative. Will definitely be ordering some trees and hedging plants later in the year.
Olivia, Channel Islands
Supplied as a pot grown plant approximately 6" (15cms).Available from approximately mid June 2015
One of Cleopatra's secret beauty ingredients!
Virtually every anti-ageing cream and potion on the market claims to contain Aloe vera in some form or another - and with very good reason as its moisturising and skin nourishment properties are legendary - so why not use the 100% pure Aloe vera gel fresh from your own growing plant?
Nature's Nurse? That has been said, and we say its properties are miraculous. Recognised by the ancient Hebrews as a 'Holy Medicine' and still found in some desert areas in places such as Africa, Mexico and India. The sap of this plant actually engenders the rebuilding and healing of damaged skin tissue.
Aloe vera has been found to provide virtually instant relief to burnt or scalded skin as well as sunburn - and actually aid in the healing process. It is also good for healing radiation burns as well as eczema, you simply slice part of the leaf in half and use the gel found within.
Similarly Aloe vera has been found to be extremely effective in the treatment of leg and skin ulcers, as well as acne, cuts, and skin abrasions and has natural antiseptic properties. With all these benefits don't forget your pets where Aloe vera is excellent for relieving itching and scratching from flea bites and other skin complaints.
Aloe vera can of course also be taken internally to aid in the relief of digestive problems and irritable bowel syndrome, but please seek proper advise about how to do this.
Aloe vera is not a cure all but it does contains 9 out of the 10 most important amino acids, the essential regenerative 'building blocks' of protein and trace elements of potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium, chromium and zinc. It is rich in saponins (natural antiseptics) and anthraquinones with their antibiotic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It is believed that the polysaccharides containing glucose, mannose, galactose, xylose, arabinose, enzymes all contribute to blood cell enrichment and hence 'healing body chemistry'. Also contains Vitamin B12.
The natives to the island of Socotra, in the Indian Ocean use it to makes a violet dye.
Sometimes also known as: Medicine plant, Medicine aloe, True aloe, Burnt plant, Cape aloes, Socotrine, House leek, Sea houseleak and Sea-ay-green.
If these plants are allowed to flower it's actually quite pretty, sort of an orange/pink/yellow bell shaped flower on a long stem (a little like an orchid).
The Aloe plant has a lot of interesting history to it too! For example when pharaoh died in Egypt the guests who were invited to the funeral had to take aloes with them a mix of the powdered aloe leave and myrrh were used for embalming and placed with the burial clothes. The Mesopotamians used the aloe to keep away evil spirits. King Solomon, who reigned in 971-931BC grew and used aloes! The Arabs used it as far back as the 6th Century BC as a laxative and embalming. The Greeks believe it is good for beauty, patience, fortune and good health, the Hippocrates for good hair growth (infact they thought the fresh pulp would stop your hair falling out), healing of tumours, relief of dysentery and stomach aches. It is thought that Cleopatra bathed in aloe before her first meeting with Mark Antony. The Hindus named it 'Silent Healer' and believed it grew in the Garden of Eden, the Russians called it 'the Elixir of Longevity'.
As with all alternative medicines and plants with purported medicinal benefits it is important to inform your health care providers that you are using them; this helps to ensure safe and coordinated care. We can accept no liability for any side effect or contingency from any allergy or any other cause or harm that may arise. If in doubt please do consult a medical practitioner before using.
Plants Awarded The RHS Award Of Garden Merit
A listing of the seed and plant varieties sold by Victoriana Nursery Gardens that have been awarded the Award Of Garden Merit by the RHS.