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Native Americans called the aloe vera plant "wand of the heaven" and Egyptians "plant of immortality.

This spiky succulent has been around for thousands of years originating in Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean. There are 250 species and being semi-tropical it consists of about 95% water. This lovely green plant ranges in size from one inch miniatures to 2 foot high plants with inner sap that is used for many medicinal values and produces about six natural antiseptics. It can be used both in gel form or juice.

As a household plant this is easy to care for and an attractive plant to have around. Because of the wide and shallow root system a wide planter is the best choice for planting. Use a potting mix with granite grit, extra perlite, coarse sand and fertilize yearly with bloom type 10-40-10. The plant will go dormant somewhat in the Winter months and there is little need for any water during that time. But in the Summer months when it becomes totally died it should have a good soak. It cannot withstand a harsh winter outside and will like a sunny window in the warm months.

Aloe vera is good as an aid in weight loss, eases digestion and digestive track work, detoxifies thebody and there for help in treating ulcers, cleansing the colon. It also strengthens gums, promotes strong teeth, relieves heartburn, reduces cholesterol and triglycerides for a healthy heart, aids in elimination, arthritis and rheumatism pain, reduces the sting and itch of insect bites, sooths sunburn pain, alleviates mysterious rashes, reduces tissue damage from frostbite, speeds up hair growth, prevents stretch marks and scars, and works as a great antibiotic and inflammation reducer. And that is just the beginning. It also helps with the immune function and is being looked at by researchers for its possible potential as a AIDS and cancer fighter.

Aloe vera contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, and the minerals iron, calcium, maganese, magnesium sodium, potassium, chromium, copper and zinc. Aloe vera also is a good source of 18 of the bodys amino acids which aid in matabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

Drinking aloe vera juice helps reduce inflammation of inflamed swollen joints found in rheumatoid arthritis. It contains such ingredients as salicylate, bradykinin and natural steroids which react in the body absorbing the toxins that are produced during the process of inflammation, decreasing the level of swelling caused by arthritis.

This plant is a real marvel in its many uses.

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  1. No Name
    Aloe is fantastic and I have it growing all over my garden. I use it for bites on the kids, sunburns when the kids get burned, even for burns from grease it works excellent. I like to mix this to a plaster also and use on sores to heal them works great when you put a big glob of this and cover it up. I have never seen this aloe plnt before and this one is very unique - BTW don't forget to give yourself a vote. You can do this one.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Interesting. Yes, I thought that plant was pretty to use for my pic. Thanks for reminding me to vote for myself. My laptop was hot and I needed to shut down for a few. Thanks for you vote and glad you know about aloe. I love it!
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      1. No Name
        You are very welcome. I hope that one time you will have a chance to visit my blog and read a few of my recipes. I love to cook and share here on this site. I also enjoy reading the posts here and commenting on them. I like your blog and I follow you now. Thank you for sharing and look forward to a new post from you soon.
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        1. Eve Sherrill York
          Eve Sherrill York
          I have read several and voted. I also follow you and find your recipes very interesting. I am trying to figure out something new to write about. That is the hardest part for me. Figuring out what to write. lol
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  2. Arvi Kuld
    I also use a lot of aloe for all type of healing. I love this plant of yours mine is not the same as this one. Interesting looking plant will try to find one for me.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Yes, I thought this variation was pretty. We always have it available for summer burns and insect bites. I'm going to start drinking it too.
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    2. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      I thought it was pretty too.
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  3. Rebecca Lopez
    Love your aloe plant
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      thanks.
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  4. Elaine Jackson
    Very informative and I grow aloe also. I use it in many things but what I like the most is for burns. It is very soothing.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      It is so nice for burns.
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  5. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    Ms Rachel dear this plant is amazing. I love the spiral shape of the plant. I have aloe back home in America all over my yard. I have a plant in my yard I planted 10 years back. I have to split up the plant once a year. This gives off so many baby plants and if I do not take time to control them they would overtake my flower beds. Thank you for all the wonderful information about aloe. I have used aloe for years and I always make sure I keep a good supply of it around, especially in the summers when the little ones come in with burns.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      I need to get another one. I have the gel.
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  6. Granny Smith
    Granny Smith
    Aloe is such a wonderful plant and everyone should have one growing around their home.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      I agree.
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  7. Jose Rodriguez
    I have to agree with everyone. Aloe is a great plant to have around. Voted
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Thank you.
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