Aloe Vera is a frost sensitive erect growing aloe with a yellow to orange flowers in early spring. The flowers are sterile and produces no seeds. The plant is propagated by small plants that develop at the base of the mother plant. The plant needs full sun and is suitable for pots where it will need twice weekly watering. In the garden it needs watering weekly but allow it to dry a bit before watering again. Soil should be well draining and contain well matured compost. Remember to use only organic fertilizers on all plants that you intend to use.
Aloe Vera needs no introduction into the world of natural medicine. It is a well-known remedy for all sorts of skin complaints ranging from eczema, psoriasis, rashes, sun burn and has a unique ability to heal radiation burns. The gel has also been used in pet care and especially horses. The gel contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E. As well as several minerals especially, Calcium and Magnesium. Aloe Vera can be taken internally on a daily basis. The gel should be free of any yellow sap from the green peel as this is the part of the plant that is strongly laxative and purgative. The gel can be added to juice and taken in the morning as a tonic and vitality booster. Aloe Vera contains 18 of the 20 naturally occurring amino acids found in the human body.