Growing Aloe Vera as a Houseplant

Aloe Vera Houseplant

The Aloe vera plant is well-known for its healing properties, especially when it comes to sun burn pain. It's also often used in moisturizers and vitamins.

However, it's also possible to grow Aloe vera as a houseplant.

Aloe plant genus belongs to the Asphodelaceae family. Its cousins are onions and asparagus. This genus grows naturally in native Africa. Other popular family members are often grown as the houseplants. Therefore, there is no reason not to grow Aloe vera in your home.

Aloe Vera: Medical Uses

There are many medical uses of Aloe vera plant. It can be used both internally and externally. Probably the most common use of this plant is as a topical gel.

These gels are used for treating burns and minor scrapes. Benefits of Aloe vera include soothing inflammation, pain relief and a reduction in possible infection. Various studies have shown that Aloe vera can speed the healing process of minor wounds or even severe burns.

This plant has been used for hundreds of years. Its thick leaves can be snapped open and the moist ends rubbed directly onto the skin.

The best thing is that Aloe vera is a very gentle plant so it can be used even in sensitive areas, such as around the eyes.

Aloe vera and other aloe plants can also be used internally. Their primary use is as a laxative. However, it can cause nausea and should not be used by pregnant women. Many companies and manufacturers promise that Aloe vera can cure various conditions, from ulcers and muscle pain to even more serious diseases. However, this isn't proven. This is why internal use of Aloe vera is somewhat limited. When used externally, however, it's very effective.

Growing Aloe Vera

You may wish to grow Aloe vera in your home because of its healing properties, or you may simply like the way this plant looks. Whatever your reasons for growing Aloe vera may be, you need to know it's very easy to grow it as a house plant. It thrives in rock gardens and xeriscape.

All you need to do is to ensure the plant gets as much light as possible. It's best to use well-draining soil and be easy on the water. This is basically it - Aloe vera doesn't require much care and it can be grown almost anywhere. Make sure to place it somewhere where it's warm and sunny enough, because it requires certain light conditions. Other than that, Aloe vera is not difficult to grow in your home and it makes an excellent and useful houseplant.

Photo credit: Andreas Issleib

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