Here are five reasons to love aloe vera. Because we feel it is so underrated, it’s truly a magical plant! Did you know it has been used as a medicine in various cultures since ancient times? From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra, many have used it as part of their daily beauty, and soothing routines. And aloe vera was used by the Aztecs for medicinal purposes and was adopted by the Spaniards in the 16th century and taken back to Europe where it became a part of western medicine that we know today.
Raise your hand if your abuela used it to cool a burn on your skin at some point in time!
Aloe Vera is the best for burns!
Yes!! Take one of the leaves and snap it in half and you’ll see the clear gel goodness that heals burns like magic! It’s amazing I have personally used it many a time after too much time out in the sun. It’s soothes and heals. NOTE: Do not use it on severe burns or cuts. Some people might be allergic to aloe vera, so test a small area first to see the reaction and please consult your doctor for any questions about the best method for you for using it on your skin.
You cannot kill an aloe vera plant!
You’ve seen those funny memes about bringing plants home to die. Well rest assured that if you miss a couple of days of watering, while she may look a little sad- give her water and she’ll perk right back up!
She’s a survivor! and We love the Aloe Vera plant for it!
Aloe vera will keep your skin glowing and youthful!
Turns out that thick gel is also great for moisturizing your skin. It is a natural product that you can literally take a leaf, snap it in half and squeeze all the gel out of the leaf and give yourself a hydrating facial with. Men can even use it as aftershave. NOTE: Some people might be allergic to aloe vera, so test a small area first to see the reaction and please consult your doctor for any questions about the best method for you for using it on your skin.
Your skin will thank you. Check out what happened when this girl used an aloe vera mask for five days. Pretty impressive!
Your hair can also reap the benefits of this amazing plant!
Add aloe gel to your shampoo or use it alone as a hair mask. When used regularly in different application methods it’s been known to add moisture to your hair. NOTE: Some people might be allergic to aloe vera, so test a small area first to see the reaction and please consult your doctor for any questions about the best method for you for using it on your hair.
It’s a great plant to have in your home
If you are new to being a plant parent, give an aloe vera a try. It’s a beautiful color of green, this succulent will add life and beauty to your space.
More ideas for aloe vera!
As you grow it in your yard, you will see it propagate like crazy. As least in our part of the country! You can create clippings and plant them in pots with soil and give to family and friends. They make grreat hostess or housewarming gifts. You can create a little hang tag or card to go with them.
Use them as centerpieces for parties or events. Use large painted cans or pots and fill with the clippings, add colorful plant pokes.
Take artful photos of your aloe vera to frame and use in your decor!
How to cut clippings of aloe vera
Cut 3-4 leaves at a time make sure they are healthy looking and do not have brown spots.
Never cut the roots!
Wash and dry the leaves, use a knife to carefully remove the sharp edges.
Carefully cut the leave and peel back the skin to reveal the gel inside.
Remove the gel and cut into cubes and store in a sealed container until use.
Care tips for your aloe vera plants
Aloe vera grows best with six to eight hours of sunlight.
Water your aloe vera when the soil is dry two inches down when you insert your finger.
Water about once a week at the most, overwatering will lead to brown leaves.
If you use a planter, make sure it has a hole at the bottom for draining.
Thanks for reading about five reasons to love aloe vera. And remember if you are going to use it on (or in) your body, please consult your doctor to give you a thumbs up! It’s generally a safe remedy for people, but you always want to make sure!
And if anything – you can always MAKE an aloe vera plant!