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Characteristics: Clump forming succulent that produces a rosette of thick and fleshy leaves.
Light: Grows best in full sun, but can tolerate some shade.
Water: This is a drought tolerant plant that can endure prolonged dry spells or lapses in watering.
Soil: Needs well draining soil; grows best in a clay pot filled with porous, sandy soil.
Use: The slippery sap, or gel, from the broken leaves can help soothe dry skin, heal minor burns, scratches and sunburn. Studies have concluded that the healing properties in the plant have compounds that relieve pain and promote healing.
Internally, there are reports that aloe can be used for many ailments including constipation, asthma, colds ulcers BUT there is NO scientific evidence to support these claims. We recommend use for EXTERNAL skin conditions.
Aloe is an herb, known for anti-inflammatory properties. A succulent plant that has no stem, the fleshy leaves hold special sacs filled with a gel that is released when the leaf is cut. The gel itself contains anti-inflammatory saponins (act as the plant's natural immune system), as well as antimicrobial anthraquinones, vitamins C and E as well as minerals and salycilic acid. The gel is used to soothe burns, cuts and any skin inflammation. Because it activates rapid healing, (read more ...)