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Egyptians call it the  'Plant of Immortality'.  Aloe gel promotes skin growth and repair. It has natural soothing properties and suits even the most sensitive skin.

Aloe is a succulent plant, and it is very sensitive to cold and moisture.

The aloe plant is a wonderful healing tool. If you are interested in growing herbs at home, aloe vera is a great plant for beginners. Even when neglected, it's virtually impossible to kill. Plus, its leaves produce an aromatic juice with lots of health benefits specially in skin soothing benefits. Keep a potted aloe plant near a windowsill on your kitchen counter, that way it's close by to immediately treat burns or other skin irritations.

Like cactus , succulents do best in dry conditions. When growing aloe vera plants, plant them in a cactus potting soil mix Also, make sure that the pot has plenty of drainage holes. Aloe vera plants cannot tolerate standing water.

How to Plant
Aloe vera plants are readily available anywhere you can buy plants. Soil should be well-drained (a cactus mix works well) and the pot should have enough room for the plant, it's root ball, to grow. When re-potting, choose a container that's wider than the previous, not deeper, and with extra room .

Water :-
When it comes to watering, an Aloe Vera plant is in greater danger of being overwatered than underwatered. Aloes like a soil that drains well. A cactus mix or a sandy soil is good for larger pots. Smaller pots drain quickly, and any good potting soil will do the trick. It won't need to be watered very often, maybe once a ever week or two. In the summertime you can really soak the soil, but let the soil dry out between waterings. Make sure there is a drainage hole in the pot since the roots are prone to rot when exposed to long periods of wet soil.

Care :-
Water aloe deeply but then allow the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between waterings, in order to discourage rot; water even less in winter.
Aloe plants produce offsets or plantlets or "babies" that can be removed to produce an entirely new plant.

Harvesting :-
Choose a thick, smooth large leaf and use a clean, sharp knife to cut it as close to the trunk as possible. A knife is the best way to harvest the leaves, as hand picking aloe vera may cause tissue damage to the leaf and the plant. Unblemished leaves are the best tasting and contain the most aloe gel.

Repotting :-Repotting an Aloe Vera plant is not necessary until the upper plant gets too top-heavy. If you need More Aloe for you! You have to remove the aloe pups .  If these little Aloes are not removed and replanted, they will suck the life out of the mother plant- parenting is tough.

DON'T leave your aloe in the same soil if you repot it. Transfer only your plant to the new pot, not that old soil. Your aloehas  sucked out much of the nutrients already, and it needs a new supply–that's part of the reason why you are repotting it! Leftovers = not a good idea.

Do replace the soil with new soil when repotting.

Aloe vera health juice recipe :-
Wash aloe vera leaf. pat dry with a cloth.
Slit one of the edges with a scissor and open up the outer layer.
Scoop off the gel, discard any greenish gel.
Store it in a dry jar and refregerate for further use .
Add 2 tsp gel to any fruit juice and blend.
Serve immediately.

FACE WASH :- Use aloe to create a gentle face cleanser. Mix aloe gel with 2 tablespoons sweet almond (or olive) oil and 1 tablespoon castile soap. To finish, add about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance, then use as you would a normal face cleanser.
I EVEN USE IT AS A LIP GLOSS: Use aloe to protect and moisturize your lips. Its high moisture is very soothing, and it feels especially great on cold sores. Keep your lips kissable with this homemade solution: Mix 1 teaspoon fresh aloe gel with 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil and 1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil. Pour into a small, clean container and use up!

AS A SKIN EXFOLIANT :-Light homemade scrubs can reduce the appearance of blemishes and blackheads . Use moisturizing aloe to make a homemade exfoliating scrub: Combine 1 tablespoon aloe gel with 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. To apply, rub a dime-size amount of the mixture to your skin in upward, circular motions. Rinse and pat dry.

AS A MAKEUP REMOVER :-Gently remove your makeup with aloe gel. It's a great alternative to oil-based removers, and is great for the delicate skin around your eyes. Soak cooled aloe gel in cotton balls to use. Alternatively, you can combine 1 cup aloe water with 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil and use the same way you would a standard makeup remover.

For soft and smooth hair :-

1. Nourishing mask
All you need is aloe vera gel, a tablespoon of raw honey and 2 tablespoons of curd. Mix all the ingredients using a whisker. Apply this mask to your hair from your scalp to the roots. Massage a bit more on your scalp and then tie up your hair. Keep this mask on for half an hour. Then, wash off your hair with your regular shampoo. This is an easy mask and you can try this once a week. This will leave your hair highly nourished and smooth.

Acne :-
How can you solve it?
An excellent way to say goodbye to this problem is with aloe vera. This plant can stop the bacteria that cause acne.

2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel (30 g)
3 drops of tea tree oil
Mix the aloe gel with the tea tree oil until you have a homogeneous cream.
Clean the affected areas and coat them completely with this mixture.
Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing.

Happy growing

Shaminaz Deen
Author: Shaminaz Deen

Shaminaz is a home gardener. She gorws her own chilies, capsicums, mangoes and even roses. Cinnamon and black pepper.

She uses all natural ingredients to protect her plants from snails and bugs.

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