Benefits of growing Aloe Vera at home

by Kesken

The benefits I gained from growing the aloe vera plant for home use.

Why grow aloe vera?

I grew up a lot around Aloe Vera. My mother always had it in her garden. I never saw it's use other than a prickly thick leafed plant that gave off a gross smell when cut. For me it just took up space. Of course things change, and I guess it changed pretty significantly for me to write about it's merits. But I thought it was necessary. For those who don't know, the Aloe Vera plant is a plant that is pretty much the tag line for many forms of cosmetics, and it's many pros can be deserved on one hand, but exaggerated on the other. I decided to state my own personal experience with the plant. I like lists, so I'll list the benefits in my chronological experiences!

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1) Sunburn Treatment

I live in a tropical region, but I never had any experience with sunburn. That is, until I went out to the beach and stayed too long outside.  Don't let any one tell you that you won't get sunburned while it is cloudy, because the UV rays still filter down, not to mention the reflective water and white sand and you've got a situation there. That is what happened to me. By nightfall, I couldn't even lie down! It was that painful. Then, as a method of treatment, my mother cut the plant and applied it on my skin. It does smell and is very sticky and slimy. But it worked. Rather marvellously. It limited the peeling and eased the pain, which I didn't expect.

(2) Ingrown Hair

It works well for razor bumps and ingrown hair also. After using at least 5 over the counter products to deal with ingrown hair( Yes , 5 and all did not work) I subjected myself to the plant again. This time I cut it myself. It was a last resort, but I felt I had no choice. I still didn't like the smell but I applied the gel straight from the plant to the affected area. After it's use, I placed it in a bag and put the leaf into the refrigerator for further use. In 4 days the swelling went down and all inflammation was gone! This was something that had bothered me for 2 months, gone in as little as 4 days!

3) Regulation of the digestive system

This was the most debatable feature of the aloe vera plant. As you've probably noticed, I hate the smell of Aloe Vera. But I hate the taste even more! But I was given it to drink (unknowingly of course) by my diabolical family  'for my own good' when I was suffering from stomach aches and constipation. It actually worked. Yes , it was very hard to consume because of it's very bitter taste but the pain eased considerably and all went smoothly (in a matter of speaking.) 

How can I get it?

Aloe Vera has been used for many other treatments. Nutritional benefits, wound treatment, herbal medicine are among many of the purported uses of aloe vera. I don't know the extent of these functions, I can only give my own experience. But I recommend that you try to obtain the purest form available if you can't obtain the plant.There are small breeds that fit into a small plant pot so it can be kept in small spaces. Once you give it enough water, soil and sunlight, you should have no problem. Again, if you can't get the real thing, get a product with a very high percentage of the stuff. As with many things, be conservative on your use.

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Updated: 01/24/2012, Kesken
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Kesken on 01/16/2012

Thanks! I was a late convert myself. The ingrown hair use works really well,better than those alcohol based products. But it's best to do it overnight. it leaves a bit of a film. It's not something to apply and leave home with!

Angel on 01/16/2012

Great article on such a useful plant. My grandmother had 2 or 3 plants around the house when I was growing up and used them on us grandchildren all the time. My husband was turned on to drinking aloe juice for his indigestion. Yes its nasty but seems to work better than anything else he has tried. I did not know about ingrown hairs... have to try that one. Thanks for sharing such useful info.

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