Aloe vera: benefits and how to grow it at home

Aloe vera: benefits and how to grow it at home

Aloe vera is a plant rich in benefits, perfect for growing indoors

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Aloe vera can be grown easily, in the garden or in pots on your balcony or windowsill, during the spring and summer seasons. In fact, it resists without problems at a temperature between 20 and 30 ° C, but needs to be protected from frost and cold currents (therefore bring it indoors) in winter, as it is a plant that loves particularly the hot and dry climate.

Benefits and properties of aloe vera

It is well known that it represents one of the most used natural remedies for gentle skin care. The gelatinous substance present inside the leaves has in fact marked soothing and calming properties, suitable for curing redness, itching and chapping of the skin, but also sunburn and other small irritations. At a phytotherapeutic level, aloe is used for the preparation of products sold in the form of juice, with purifying properties or aimed at promoting digestion.

But be careful: the gel obtained from home seedlings must not be ingested, as it contains aloin, a highly laxative substance which is industrially eliminated in the manufacturing processes to obtain aloe vera juice. For small discomfort of the skin it is possible to use it taking care to remove only the necessary leaves with the utmost delicacy and engrave them later with the help of a knife, extracting each time only the amount of gel you need, so as not to cause injury to the plant of aloe. For this reason it is recommended to start from the leaves located lower.

How to grow aloe vera

The aloe plant does not require pruning. If leaves appear that begin to dry out, they must be detached with the utmost attention. For the cultivation of seedlings, chemical fertilizers must not be used, because they could compromise the quality and purity of the aloe vera gel that will be obtained. Growing aloe vera in a biological way guarantees that you can take advantage of a completely pure gel. If you believe that your aloe vera seedling needs fertilizer, you can resort to the use of organic fertilizer or home compost. Aloe seedlings can be purchased at your trusted nursery, specifying that they are not treated with chemical fertilizers, so that they can be used for external cosmetic and curative use.

The aloe plant can also be multiplied by cutting or cultivated from the seeds, obtainable from its orange flowers. To obtain fertile seeds, however, it is necessary to have plants of different varieties. Aloe vera cannot stand stagnant water in the saucers and for this reason it must be watered carefully and in moderation. In particular, it will be necessary to direct the water towards the ground, taking care not to wet the leaves, which could suffer from it. The soil preferred by the aloe plant is sandy and well-drained. From year to year the seedling will increase in size. The ideal time for repotting is spring.

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