The aloe plant was first found in Northern Africa and this plant is used for the herbal properties that it contains. Extracts from the Aloe plant was first done in first century A.D. and is widely used for the cosmetic and alternative medicine industry, for the plant is known to have rejuvenating, healing, and soothing properties.
Aloe Vera is a very short-stemmed or stemless succulent plant that can grow as tall as twenty-nine to thirty-four inches and bush out as the offsets continue with the growth of the plant. The leaves are thick and fleshy, green to gray-green in color, with some of the types showing white flecks on the upper and lower stem surfaces. The margin of the leaves is serrated and has small white teeth. The flowers are produced in the summer on a spike that is thirty-five inches tall and each flower is pendulous with a yellow tubular corolla that is either zero points eight to one point two inches long.
Common names for this plant are Chinese Aloe, Indian Aloe, True Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Burn Aloe, and First Aid plant. This plant was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753 and was described again on April 6, 1768, by Nicolaas Laurens Burman. Philip Moore also described this plant in the Gardeners Dictionary on April 16, 1768.
Aloe Vera has been grown as an ornamental plant and this plant is popular among gardeners as a medicinal plant. This plant can survive in areas with low natural rainfall which makes it ideal to be grown in the Rockies.
When this plant is planted in pots, this plant requires well-drained sandy potting soil and sunny conditioners. In hot, humid, sunny areas, the plant should be protected from the direct sun or rainfall. This plant easily burns or turn mushy not protected from either of the weather conditions. When this plant is in a pot, the plant should be able to dry out completely before re-watering is necessary. When the pot became too crowded because of little plants growing out of the main plant, the whole plant should be divided and re-potted due to overcrowding and pest control. During the winter months, the plant becomes dormant and requires little moisture at this time.
Here is a list of health benefits that one single aloe vera plant and they are prevents the growth of cancer tumors, lowers high cholesterol, boosts the oxygenation of your blood, eases inflammation, soothes arthritis pain, protects the body from oxidative stress, prevents kidney stones, cures ulcers, cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome, prevents digestive disorders, prevents high blood pressure natural, nourishes the body with mineral, vitamins, enzymes, and glyco-nutrients, helps the healing process of physical burns and radiation burns, prevents colon cancer, heals the intestines, lubricant the digestive tract, prevent constipation, helps the blood sugar return to normal, reduces triglycerides in diabetics, prevents and treats candida infection, boosts cardiovascular performance, speeds recovery from injuries, and accelerates skin repair.
Aloe Vera is an important plant to have in every household just to take care of the burns plus the other disease that was mentioned above.
Amna Sheikh is a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelors in Economics and Statistics. She is also a medical writer working as a freelancer for 10+ years and she is specialized in medical, health, and pharmaceutical writing, regulatory writing & clinical research. All her work is supported by a strong academic and professional experience.