Aloe is a plant group that contains hundreds of variant species. The most well-known of these in the US is Aloe Vera which is used in a variety of health products. The Aloe Vera is a good plant to keep in your garden, especially if you live in hardiness zone 8-11. However the plant does not do well where frost or snow occurs during the winter as it is best suited for hot dry climates. If you live in the more northern zones, you can grow the plant in a small pot that can be moved inside during the winter months as long as it can get sunlight through a window. Aloe Vera is resistant to most pests but spider mites and aphids can affect plant health.

There are many uses for the plant both topically and internally. Topical uses include relief from burns, sunburns, bug bites and rashes. It can provide relief from skin conditions like psoriasis, rosacea and eczema. It can help with fungal conditions like athletes foot and some vaginal irritations. Some of the internal uses are upset stomach, acid indigestion, constipation and may help reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. It can also be used as a toothpaste to reduce oral inflammation. In short, it may help reduce many types of inflammatory conditions both internally and externally.

So get yourself a few Aloe Vera plants and keep them healthy because you never know when you may need to use their healing properties.

Disclaimer – it is advised that you consult a medical doctor before using aloe vera in any way as there are side effects associated with the use of the plant, some could be serious especially if you have an allergic reaction. nor its author will be held responsible for any use or misuse of the information in this article. This article is written for educational purposes only.