Aloe Vera plant produces Aloe Vera juice or gel which has been recognized as a herbal remedy for thousands of years, used in the treatment of burns, poison ivy and cuts . Aloe Vera, or aloe, was recorded by the Greeks as useful in treating wounds and to clear blemishes. One of today’s most common household, medicinal herbs is most certainly Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera plants are succulents consisting of 95% water, and are extremely frost tender. If they are grown outdoors in warm climates, they should be planted in full sun, or light shade. Established plants will survive a drought quite well, but regular water should be provided.
Aloe has a shallow spreading root system so when potted use a wider rather than deeper pot.
USDA Plant Maturity Zones: 10-11
Sunset Western Climate Zones: Not Classified
American Horticultural Society Heat Zone: 11-12
Aloe Vera plants can will do well in acidic, poor soil that is light to sandy and well-drained.
Aloe is propagated by removing the offsets which are produced around the base of mature plants, when they are a couple inches tall. They may also be grown from seed, then replanted to pots or if climate permits, to your herb garden.
Fresh Aloe Vera Gel is so widely used that many households have an Aloe Vera plant on a windowsill for easy availability. Simply break off a tip of a leaf of the aloe plant and squeeze the gel it produces onto any wound, cut, burn or blemish. It is most effective when fresh from the aloe plant.
Aloe Vera gel is touted in folklore as containing tissue restorative properties, and has drawn scientific backing as an anesthetic. Aloe also soothes itching and burning. It is commonly added to lotions and creams, as well as ointments used to treat sunburn, blisters and cold sores.
Aloe Vera juice is also recommended by some for ailments such as colds, asthma and constipation, but there is no scientific evidence supporting its use for these problems.