All Things Aloe
by Kaitlin Parks @homeunderthemaples
Aloe Vera Botanical name and family:
Aloe spp. (Liliaceae), Aloe barbadensis miller
How to care for your Aloe Vera plant:
1. Place it in a sunny area..such as your kitchen window.
2. Water about once a week (they are pretty low maintenance) or until the soil is dry..you can put your finger into the plants soil to test.
3. When in a doubt don't water. When aloe is over watered, the roots begin to rot.
4. When it rains you can collect water for your aloe. Hence, your plant will only get water when it rains; such as the aloe's natural habitat.
5. Fertilize during growing season (April-September) twice a month. Dilute a 15-30-15 fertilizer with water.
6. Re-pot your aloe into a stronger bigger pot so it will have more room to grow. You can later separate your Aloe into two pots (I'll be doing that this week).
How to extract Aloe gel:
1. Wash the leaf. 2. Lay it flat on a chopping board. 3. Using a sharp knife peel the top of the leaf and the side thorns. 4. Hold the tip of the leaf with one hand and scoop the fresh Aloe Vera into a small bowl.
What you can use your Aloe Vera plant for:
1. Hair growth -- great for nourishing and hydrating dry hair.
2. A rub for sore muscles.
3. Bodily injury cuts (first aid purposes) dab the gel on wounds, bruises, sores, bug bites, etc.
4. Homemade face creams, body milks.
5. Oral care.
Note: Aloe Vera leaf can be kept refrigerated for a couple of weeks. It is best used right away...lemon juice will keep it fresh for a longer period of time.
Recipes will be up soon.
Thanks for reading,