Aloe Vera Plants
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Aloe Vera Plants are a stemless, clump forming "succulent" that produces a rosette of thick, fleshy leaves with gray spots. It is very easy to grow, but requires well drained soil and lots of bright sunlight. Aloe Vera is a drought tolerant herb that is perfect for hot and dry areas. Although it is not hardy in zones below 9, it can be grown indoors easily in any zone. Aloe Vera has skin-saving properties that help heal burns, cuts and other skin irritations. Anesthetic, antibacterial and tissue restorative properties make this a 'must have' healing herb.
An item of interest regarding Aloe Vera Plants:
This ancient herb has been used throughout the centuries for its medicinal and cosmetic properties ~ it is said that it was an important part of Cleopatra's beauty regime.
History of Aloe Vera Plants:
The first known written reports on the nourishing juice of the aloe vera plant reach as far back as 6,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. Aloe was regarded as a sacred plant the “blood” of which held the secrets to beauty, health and immortality. Both Cleopatra and Nofretete greatly valued the nourishing juice and used it as a part of their daily skin and beauty care. The usage of aloe was regarded as the pursuit of physical beauty. Even the dead were embalmed with aloe vera because of its anti-bacterial and anti-fungi qualities. The common belief was that in stopping the physical decomposition process eternal life could be attained – both on a physical and a spiritual level. Aloe was known as the “plant of eternity”. Its anti-inflammatory and pain soothing effect were documented in the “papyrus Eber” of 1,550 BC.