Also known as
- Aloe barbadensis miller
- Barbados Aloe
- Full Sun/Part shade/Bright shade
- Well-drained soil/sandy loam
- Suitable for pots/indoor pots/garden beds/rockeries
- Propagation is easiest by separating pups from a “mother” plant.
- Demonstration available on my YouTube channel Click here to watch
When I think of Aloe Vera, I think of sunburn. I don’t know how many times I had the goo from inside the sticky stalk smeared all over a painful burn in my teens and twenties. This amazing plant has many medicinal uses, but the relief it offers for any kind of burn is astounding. People around the world use it in many different ways and its medicinal qualities have been questioned by some. Everyone agrees, however, that it’s great for skin!
I’ve never been blessed with amazing hair and as I get older it’s getting coarser and dryer. I recently read a blog post about using Aloe Vera as a pretreatment. I extracted some gel, rubbed it into my hair and scalp, paying special attention to the dry, dull ends. I tied it up in a bun and left it for 45 minutes before washing it. As soon as I took out the bun, before I even washed it, the ends were softer and shinier. After washing with my good quality shampoo and conditioner bars my hair is even softer than it usually is after washing. As an added bonus, my hands are oh so soft!
It’s also a wonderful air purifier and can be grown in a bright spot indoors.
The jury is out on whether it should be ingested but there are commercial “juices” available and some people swear by regular internal doses of this fascinating plant.
Wishing you soft hands and hair,
Jane Grows Garden Rooms