Grow Aloe For Healthy Skin
Aloe is a powerful medicinal herb that's easy to grow and perfect for treating dry winter skin.
One of the best home remedies for winter skin irritations is a succulent herb that can be grown in your very own kitchen.
Aloe Vera plants have been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of skin ailments including eczema, burns, bug bites, cuts, and rashes. Just a dab of the mucilaginous gel has the power to soothe, moisturize, and calm irritated skin. Salicylic and Fatty Acids give the gel its anti-inflammatory properties. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to help keep skin healthy and free of infection. In addition, Aloe has been found to penetrate the skin and nourish it deeper than either vegetable oils or water.
Aloe is a semi-tropical plant comprised of 95% water. It must be grown in bright warm conditions where there is no danger of freezing. Fortunately, it's relatively low-maintenance and makes an excellent house plant.
You can buy a mature Aloe Vera plant at most garden stores or nurseries. You'll want to keep it bathed in light, which is why a spot on your kitchen's window sill is ideal. You'll also have the plant nearby for emergency burns while cooking.
Aloe plants have a remarkable ability to store moisture, so you should wait for the soil to become completely dry before adding up to two cups of water. Since the plant has a root system that spreads outward, you'll always want to go for a wider, rather than deeper, planter. Drainage is important, so make sure the pot has a hole or a layer of gravel at the bottom to ensure proper drainage.
When your nose, cheeks, or hands become red and chapped from the winter winds, simply reach for one of the Aloe plant's lower stalks and use a sharp knife to slice it open. You can squeeze the soothing gel directly on your skin as often as needed throughout the healing process.
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