Originating from Arabia, Western Asia, the Aloe Vera plant can be found growing wild in a number of tropics around the world.
This plant can live as an indoor potted plant and there are a few benefits to having one in your home. They do especially well in well-drained sandy potting soil such as Westland cacti and succulent mix.
Terra cotta pots are perfect to pot your plant as they are porous. Allowing the soil to go dry is essential as these plants do not require a lot of watering.
As well as being a great ornamental plant, Aloe Vera has also been noted for its medicinal and therapeutic properties.
What are the benefits of Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera has some unique therapeutic properties especially when applied as an ointment. Consuming Aloe vera has shown possible benefits and is available in supplement form but long term use may be not so good for our health.
The plant extract is commonly seen in skin care products and even toilet roll as it is a great skin moisturiser. It is also known to be helpful in skin injuries like burns, so it is always handy having one in the kitchen.
It can also be used for treating sunburn, you may have seen many sunburn creams containing Aloe Vera.
Because of these moisturising benefits the plant also plays an important role in treating acne and has shown to increase collagen production and improve skin elasticity which can help reduce wrinkles and ageing of the skin.
The polyphenols found in Aloe Vera are also beneficial to our health. The powerful antioxidant properties can help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. Having an Aloe vera plant in the room can help remove harmful toxins in the air.
Chlorhexidine is found in most mouthwash products, 100% AloeVera juice has been shown to be as effective as Chlorhexidine in reducing dental plaque. Aloe Vera kills the plaque-producing bacterium Streptococcus mutans in the mouth, as well as the yeast Candida albicans.