Aloe is too big for her britches…
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This aloe plant has seriously outgrown her current home. It is time to re-pot and move into larger digs.
I selected a pot that had drainage holes, and was rather large. This will allow enough room as the plant grows and the roots won’t be crowded.
I am not a plant expert – just a lover of plants that are easily cared for. This is what I did, following left to right:
Loosened the root base from the old pot.
This particular plant is very healthy and hearty. The leaves are very large and thick, not susceptible to breakage.
Aloe plants have magical healing properties. In my research I discovered that Native Americans referred to aloe as “Wand of the Heaven.” Many cultures have used this ancient healing plant for centuries. Following are remedies and cures that I have personally used or seen work on someone I know. I am not a doctor or an expert – just a huge fan of aloe.
- Sunburn relief. Cut open a leaf and rub the soothing gel on all sunburned areas. When I was a kid in Florida my mother kept aloe leaves in the refrigerator in the summer months.
- Burns in the kitchen from grease spatters or from your skin touching a stove burner or oven rack. Again, rub the affected area with the gel.
- I have seen aloe work on a severe grease burn with blistering. The next day the injury was totally healed.
- Also spread the gooey gel on bruises.
- Aloe relieves the sting and itch of insect bites
- Soothes poison ivy
- Heals blisters
- Use aloe on your face to help dryness, wrinkling and diminish brown spots and brighten skin tone.
- My grandmother used to make a drink with aloe. She claimed it helped her diabetes.
- Some people also drink an aloe mixture for heart health – reducing cholesterol.
What do you use aloe for? We would love to hear your aloe cure-all.