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Aloe Vera Plant

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Image of aloe vera
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Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis 'Miller')

  • Particularly good for treating burns (including sunburn and radiation).
  • Easy to grow.
  • Grow indoors.

Supplied as a pot grown plant approximately 6" (15cms).

Available from approximately mid May 2015

GBP1 or more £11.20 each
RHS Award of Garden Merit

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'.

  • Likes a full sun position, will tolerate light shade.
  • Needs a frost free position, a minimum of 5°C (41°F).
  • Require a well drained compost.
  • Keep on the moist side of dry through the Summer and dry side of moist during the Winter.
  • Can reach 2 feet (60cm) tall.
  • We would suggest keeping them indoors.
  • Easy to use - simply cut a small piece of the leaf off and split it, inside is the gel which has the benefits - can be used straight form the leaf.
  • Always pot on during the late Spring / Summer months - first allowing the plant to full dry out for a week or two before potting on.
  • Divide/re-propagate from off-sets by cutting off with a sharp knife in July/August. Allow to dry in the sun for a week then pot into moist gritty compost. Plants can grow large so pot on as it grows.  You will also see that the plant produces 'pups' (baby plants) these can also be potted on.
  • Medicinal Uses
  • The gel can be used to treat Radiation Burns, Sunburn, Scalds, Eczema and cuts.
  • For leg ulcers, mix the gel with icing sugar and apply to the wound and protect with dry lint. We recommend that you do this twice a week for a few weeks - during the third week you should only need to use the dry sugar.
  • For cuts and bruises use the gel, it is not recommended to cover them.
  • As a juice (but please check dilution rates), digestion problems (such as Irritable bowel, Colitis and Constipation), colds, flu, Asthma or Bronchitis, mix the gel with luke warm water and add honey or glucose.
  • For thrush, nappy rash, wrinkles or skin complaints use the gel directly.
  • Added to shampoo can be used as an anti-dandruff shampoo and will releave itchy and dry scalps.
  • General tonic for immune system.
  • Other conditions it is said to have helped going back through history are:  boils, healing foreskin, soothing itchy dry skin, ulcerated genitals, tonsils, gum/throat irritation, haemorrhoids, curing leprosy, sores, reduce perspiration and to stop bleeding wounds.

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.

Available from approximately mid May 2015

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