Aloe vera plants are a great looking house plant. They look slightly exotic, like a green cactus, and are pretty complimentary to any decor.
Oh, did we mention that they also serve a dual purpose of being an incredibly healing natural remedy to keep around the house? It’s also great for your skin and hair as you’ll find by reading below.
Before we get into the multiple health benefits of keeping an aloe plant around, you must be aware that the plant has to be kept up and away from your furry friends as the plants can be toxic to cats and dogs and potentially other household pets as well if they ingest it.
Just keep it somewhere that your animals will not get into them and you should be fine. Since aloe plants benefit from being outdoors in the summer when there is no danger of frost, they may even be kept outside during the warm months or of course year round if you happen to live in a warm climate.
Benefits of keeping an aloe plant
First of all, aloe plants are incredibly hearty and easy to grow, even if you’re not that great at keeping house plants alive. As long as they have the correct amount of sunlight (just put them near a window that gets plenty of sunlight), and the correct amount of water, they grow pretty much anywhere, and you can have them indoors at any time.
The most popular and well known variety of aloe is the aloe barbadensis plant, also know as aloe vera which is what most of us know this naturally skin soothing plant extract by.
Most of us have used aloe vera in some form on our skin at a point in our lives. For me, it was after the unfortunately many times my fair skin got sunburned as a child.
The family would always keep a bottle of aloe vera gel or vitamin E cream handy for those moments when our Irish skin would be crisped by the sunlight. Aloe plants that are kept indoors are easy to care for. During the winter months, they should be watered very little, only when the soil becomes dried out.
This is because they go into a sleep sort of phase where they do not require much water – in fact you may be putting them in danger by keeping the soil too moist in the winter time, so let the soil get pretty dry during the winter.
Because aloe is a succulent plant, it stores a lot of water in its leaves. Keeping house plants offers an additional benefit to the actual healing qualities of the plant itself – they help oxygenate the air your breathe.
The healing properties of a simple raw aloe leaf
Aloe has been used for many generations, and in many different cultures, as a skin healing and soothing agent. It helps to calm sunburns and speed the recovery of the skin from other abrasions, contusions and burns.
Simply breaking open an aloe leaf (it is best to remove the leaves from the bottom first since they would likely be the first to die anyway) and squeezing the liquid-gel like contents from it onto an infected area of skin offers instant cooling, soothing relief for pennies on the dollar.
It is a truly “live” and fresh remedy that is very effective because it is in its rawest and most effective form when it comes right from the plant itself with no processing and no efficacy-cutting from other ingredients.
Aloe has also been found to be useful to ease itching from but bites, bee stings, and other irritations of the skin which typically cause a persistent itching or burning sensation.
In addition, aloe vera gel is very therapeutic for not only the skin, but the hair. In fact, it is a key ingredient in our popular Deep Hydration hair conditioner. It helps promote healthy hair growth an keeps your scalp and follicles healthy, promoting vibrant, natural hair growth while helping maintain precious moisture along the shaft and strengthening the cuticle while helping keep it smooth and flat.