Aloe Vera Plant
The Aloe Vera plant is originally from the Arabian Peninsula. Nowadays also in countries around the Mediterranean, Indonesia, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Aloe is a succulent plant from the Affodil family. There are 300 species. The plant must survive in the extreme heat of the desert, which is why it produces as many as 70 to 80 substances that help it survive. If a leaf is damaged, the wound will immediately close with the juice, which has a curdling effect in order to keep as much juice as possible in this way.
The ancient Egyptians called the Aloe Vera "immortality plant".
The cosmetics and skin care producers use the juice of Aloe Vera for their products.
The name of the Aloe Vera comes from the Arabic "Alloeh" (shiny bitter substance) that stands for cooling gel-like liquid in the leaves. Vera means "the only real"
The Aloe is also called "saber" (patience) in Arabic, because of its very slow growth.
The Aloe Vera needs little water, but just enough from spring to autumn to prevent the root ball from drying out completely. Give even less water from autumn and winter.
Spraying is not necessary but can occasionally be used to remove any dust from the leaves in order to maintain the decorative value.
You can place the Aloe Vera plant in the partial shade but also in full sun. After purchase, let the plant acclimatize first in a place out of direct sunlight. Then wherever there is natural light.
The Aloe Vera plant needs no nutrition.
When the leaves of Aloe Vera turn brown and soft, this is usually the result of too much water. If this is the case, you can easily cut the soft leaves and of course pay more attention with watering. The leaves may turn yellow in the event of too much sun. In this case, move the plant a little further away from the window. After habituation you can give the plant more sun.
The Aloe Vera is a plant that can heal itself. After cutting the leaves, a thin film will appear on the wound of the leaves within a few seconds. This wound is built from the sap of the plant. This juice contains a composition of healing substances. The juice changes to a rubbery layer within a few minutes. This layer protects the wound from the leaf, which stops the loss of moisture. The plant is non-toxic!
Aloe Vera Plant juice is also used against acne / eczema, sports injuries, light burns (sun), cuts and scrapes and blisters.