aloe vera , a photo by wonderfully messy mom on Flickr. ALOE VERA {Aloe vera syn. A. barbadensis} OTHER COMMON NAMES: Barbados ...

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aloe vera by wonderfully messy mom

aloe vera, a photo by wonderfully messy mom on Flickr.

ALOE VERA {Aloe vera syn. A. barbadensis}
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Barbados aloe, bitter aloe, Curacao aloe
PART USED: leaves
CULINARY USES: none


DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY IF PREGNANT



 This is by far my favorite plant. I have 2 growing in my house right now. There are so many things you can do with this plant. But first I will tell you a little useful information about it.

This is a succulent plant that has no stems just this leaves with thick fleshy leaves with a gel inside. This plant thrives in warm climates and needs to be grown indoors in cooler climates. Aloe vera need to planted in a pot that drains very well and requires lots of sun. {I water mine once a week and only 1/2 to 1 cup of water depending on the size of the plant/pot}.

Aloe vera is best planted from an offset of another well established plant.

Ok, so there are no ways to cook with this plant, but you can safely ingest juice from commercially prepared aloe vera, but use caution if you plan to ingest the juice from fresh cut aloe leaves. It is know to be an extreme cathartic laxative....{can you say explosive diarrhea!!}

It is said that you can mix the juice with cucumber juice and it can help with immune function, digestive function, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, and Crohn's disease. {Again, this is commercially prepared aloe vera juice, laxative agents removed.}

The best thing is to use the fresh plant juice for burns, cuts and blemishes. But make sure you clean all wounds first because it heals the skin so quickly you do not want an infection to get trapped inside the wound. Just break off a leaf, squeeze out the juice and apply to the cut or burn.

The main thing that I like this plant for is my face...as stated in previous posts, I suffer from cystic acne. This plant helps me so much in healing my skin....its a miracle plant!!

Its soothing gel also is a mild exfoliant and gently removes dead skin cells and stimulates cell regeneration. It helps to prevent scarring and reduces wrinkles {can we say WINNER!}

OK...onto the good stuff!! RECIPES!!

For more recipes with aloe vera visit here.

Toning Mist

1 tsp. dried chamomile
1 tsp. dried elderflower
1 tsp. dried marsh mallow root, chopped
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup rosewater
1 tsp. aloe vera gel
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1. Bring herbs and water to boil. Remove from heat.
Cover and steep 15 minutes. Strain.

2. Pour liquid into pump spray bottle. Add rosewater,
aloe vera gel and vinegar. To use, shake and mist face
before applying moisturizer.



I am not a doctor, I am not a licensed herbalist....I am just interested and study through books and online the uses- household, beauty and medicinal uses for the plants and herbs that I post about. Please do not try anything, any recipes, any tips and tricks without prior approval from your doctor, as some of these herbs and plants can have an adverse effect with prescription medicines.





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