What You Need to Know About Aloe Vera Plants

Dec 19

What You Need to Know About Aloe Vera Plants

When it comes to plants that get truly good press, it’s hard to argue with the benefits that come from aloe vera plants. While mostly known as a great skin care ingredient that is popular in both lotions and sunscreen, the truth is that there are so many more benefits that can come from this amazing plant. It’s actually remarkable how many people know about aloe vera the ingredient, yet know so little about the plant it comes from!

Basic Aloe Vera Facts & History
There are over 250 different species of plants that fall under the aloe vera family, with almost all of them native to the continent of Africa. However, because they were so resilient to harsh environments and offered a unique and beautiful look (not to mention were useful in many ways to early societies) that they have been cultivated in almost every continent since, adding to their range as well as variations in the species based on changes in each environment.

Fully grown aloe vera plants tend to be 60 to 90 cm in height, and it’s the leaf of the “Aloe Barbadensis Miller,” sometimes referred to as the “true aloe plant.” From multiple ancient sources, this plant has been referred to for its medicinal properties for at least 2000 years and there are some sources that suggest this plant has possibly been used for at least 4000 years as a medicinal plant – and this is just from the records of societies that advanced far enough to have ancient writing.

Benefits from Aloe Vera Plants
While there is some controversy over just how effective aloe vera plants are, and there are a lot of mixed studies on just how effective aloe vera plants, for thousands of years now there is a list of certain ailments that these plants seem to be particularly good at treating.

Just a short list of the traditional medicinal uses include:
– Overall skin health
– Recovery from sun burn and skin injuries
– Help heal cuts
– Help treat rashes and rash symptoms
– Restore damaged skin

Certain types of Aloe Vera gel are even used as an ingredient for certain types of yogurt and curry (in Japan and India, respectively).

Cultivation & Care
One of the major benefits of aloe is that it thrives in dry and hot climates, allowing it to thrive as a house plant or in arid climates that aren’t as friendly to other types of plant life. The sheer amount of care needed depends on the environment, and as these are water heavy plants, they will not consistently survive a frost.

Today these plants are most popular as an ornamental house plant.

In Conclusion
As you can see from this article, aloe vera plants have a long and amazing history, and it’s not hard to see why. Few plants offer the same level of positive benefits, and such a versatile and strong plant will continue to do well in modern times even if it does someday fall out of favor as a decorative house plant (not likely).

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