Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Green & Frugal: The Great Aloe Rescue

Before
I had two very sorry looking aloe plants. There is no excuse other than admitting I do not have a green thumb. Though, all the same, I try to surround myself with the beauty and cleansing properties of greenery. It is an affordable and pleasing way to decorate my home. But I digress, the two plants had outgrown their pots, the dirt was low and the cats had knocked them from their too narrow sills.

I got a large ceramic pot (50% off after I requested a discount because it was chipped and cracked, but I don't mind) filled it with fresh dirt and moved them into their new condo, hoping they'd thrive with the company.


We spend alot of time outside during the summer months, but leading up to that our skin is often shielded from the sun's rays under heavy coats and sweaters so we are prone to a sun burn at first no matter how much sunblock we slather on. Aloe to the rescue. So it was worth it to me to try and rescue these succulents.

More about aloe:


From the International Aloe Science Council:
"Aloe vera is the common name of one particular species of the genus Aloe. A member of the Xanthorrhoeaceae family, aloe vera is one of approximately 400 or more species of Aloe and the most commonly used in consumer products. The proper scientific name is Aloe vera (L.) Burm. f. The synonym Aloe barbadensis or Aloe barbadensis (Mill.) or (Miller) is commonly used to refer to aloe vera and can also be seen on many product labels."


From the Global Healing Center:


"Aloe vera is a semi-tropical succulent plant originally from North Africa, and now grown worldwide. It looks like a desert plant. Aloe Vera is one of the oldest and most popular medicinal plants known to man.

The aloe vera plant is constructed with the basic building blocks of life, including essential vitamins and minerals, proteins, polysaccharides, enzymes, and amino acids.

Aloe vera gel is an excellent skin moisturizer. It supplies oxygen to the skin cells which in turn increases the strength and synthesis of skin tissue. It rejuvenates the skin, hydrates it, and makes it flexible.


What Other Things Can Aloe Vera Do?
Following is a list of only some of the uses of aloe vera. The research is ongoing and there may be more to come.
  • Reduces and stops inflammation, both internally and externally
  • Oxygenates blood and energizes cells, hydrates skin and repairs skin tissue
  • Alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits"
For more on the amazing aloe plant please visit these websites and as always please talk with your trusted health care provider before making any treatments.


After
Please share any benefits of aloe or useful tips you may have for its care.

Happy Planting!
Deirdre


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1 comment:

  1. so cool to have your own aloe plant!! Thanks for sharing at Romance on a dime!!

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