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Information on Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is an aloe plan which originates from the Northernregions of Africa. There are more than 500 species of aloe known to man, andmost of them grow in the dry areas of Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.The plant itself may grow up to a meter in height and it is characterized by thickgray-green leaves with a very fleshy structure and texture. The flowers arelocated on a spike when may grow up to 90 centimeters in length. Aloe Vera doesnot have any special or complicated care requirements, as long as it is not infrosty climate. It requires well drained sandy soil and moderate amounts oflight in order to grow properly. Aloe Vera can also be grown in a pot and insuch case one can use a pre-mixed potting soil which is also commonly used forcacti and similar types of plants. Commercially produced potting mixes are verygood for Aloe Vera because they contain beneficial ingredient such as coarsesand, extra perlite and extra granite grit. During the winter, Aloe Vera mustbe kept indoors, and it does not require a lot of water because in most casesit becomes pretty much inactive.

Uses of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is very popular because it can be used for a vastarray of different types of medicinal purposes. It is most commonly used forcertain types of injuries such as cuts, sunburns, minor burns and eczema. The sapobtained from the leaves of Aloe Vera may come in very handy when it comes torelieving different types of painful sensations and inflammatory conditions.All the claimed benefits of Aloe Vera have never been proven scientifically butpeople still prefer using it everywhere around the world. Certain studies haveshown, though, that Aloe Vera may come in very handy when it comes to speedingup the healing process of various types of wounds. The same can be said for theapplication of Aloe Vera on moderate to severe burns. Most health benefits ofAloe Vera are largely due to a certain ingredient contained in the gel, knownby the name of mucopolysaccharide. Aloe Vera sap is commonly used as an importantingredient in various cosmetic products such as lotion, moisturizers, tissues,soaps, sunscreens and even make up. Aloe Vera gel is odorless, tasteless andcolorless and it is also commonly used in food preservation, mostly fruit.

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