Aloe vera: how to cultivate it and use it?

Aloe vera: how to cultivate it and use it?

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For 5,000 years, people and civilizations around the world have used aloe vera, a succulent from the liliaceae family, recognized for thousands of years for its many virtues for the organism. Today it benefits from a great notoriety, widely acclaimed from a cosmetic and therapeutic point of view. Do you want to cultivate this plant with a thousand virtues? And why not ? Easy to maintain and undemanding, aloe vera is as decorative inside as it is outside. There are many reasons to adopt it without hesitation!

How to grow aloe vera?

Inside and outside Aloe vera needs a lot of light to flourish, but fears too much sun exposure, which could cause the leaves to dry out. Indoors it is advisable to install it near a window without it being directly exposed to the rays of the sun while ensuring that the temperature remains between 18 and 21 ° C all year round. In fine weather, aloe vera can be taken out, but be sure to bring it in when the nights are cool and the temperature drops below 5 ° C. The ideal is to plant your aloe vera in a clay pot which retains less moisture and allows better ventilation of the roots. We will choose it wide enough to allow the roots to spread. We will also make sure to change the pot regularly as the aloe vera grows. Repotting is essential on average every 2 years. The soil will be well drained, the mixture of soil and soil being recommended. On the other hand, there is no need for fertilizers to ensure the growth of your aloe vera. If the climate in your region is mild, you can consider planting it in the ground in your garden provided that the soil is well drained and the exposure is sunny. Planting and potting are done in the spring and no pruning will be necessary on the aloe vera. Moderate watering Retaining a large amount of water in its leaves, aloe vera is very resistant to heat. However, watering will be necessary if the weather is hot and dry to ensure its growth (1 to 2 times a week approximately). You have to wait until the soil is dry to water again and always with room temperature water. Water that is too cold can be harmful to your plant. In all cases, watering must be moderate, and stopped during the winter period. Harvest of aloe vera gel Renowned for its multiple virtues, aloe vera gel can be harvested. The active ingredients are contained in the clear pulp trapped in its large leaves. It is enough to cut a beautiful sheet of which you will cut the upper and lower ends, as well as the two sides, before delicately removing with a knife the cuticle and the dermis. You can thus recover the transparent "net" of the pulp. A colorless gel is extracted from the leaves of aloe vera which contains the active ingredient of the plant.

Recognized virtues

Ancient medicines already used aloe vera to cure many ailments. Available in the form of gels, juice or capsules, it is used for external and internal use. When used externally, aloe vera particularly treats burns, abrasions, irritations and sunburn. It allows faster healing of wounds. In cosmetology, aloe vera is widely used to deeply hydrate the skin and to prevent aging due to its nutritive, regenerative, revitalizing and smoothing qualities. Composed of more than 70 nutrients including essential mineral salts (phosphorus, potassium, calcium, chlorine, iron, zinc ...), 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins (A, B, C ...), aloe vera has exceptional properties . Internally, it thus acts effectively against digestive disorders, bloating, gas, constipation. It also boosts metabolism and strengthens the immune system, to name a few of its therapeutic effects. Enough to arouse much lust ... A plant full of promise that you just have to cultivate with ease!