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Get to Know Aloe: 10 Interesting Facts about Aloe Vera Gel July 07, 2005 5:07 PM

1. The Aloe Vera plant is a member of the lily family, and its thick gel contains 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins. 2. Throughout history, Aloe Vera gel has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including boils, itchy skin, ulcers and bruises. 3. The gel of older (therefore, larger) Aloe Vera plants is more effective than that of “baby” plants. 4. Aloe Vera plants have large, yellow flowers. The spiky leaves can grow up to 20 inches on a fully mature plant. 5. To use the thick gel from an Aloe Vera leaf, slice it open with a sharp knife. Then, either apply the gel directly to burned skin or, using a small spoon, scrape the gel into a small container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 6. When selecting an Aloe Vera leaf to use, choose one closest to the soil. This leaf will probably be a larger one and will be deeper in color. 7. Aloe Vera plants should not be kept in direct sunlight. This plant grows best when kept near a window that gets indirect light. 8. It is important not to overwater your Aloe Vera plant. Make sure it dries out between each watering. 9. The roots of Aloe Vera plants can rot, if left in standing water. When choosing a pot for your plant, make sure you pick one with a large draining hole. 10. Because it can be astringent, make sure to moisturize the skin after using Aloe Vera gel. Or, mix the gel with Vitamin E oil for a skin-soothing treat.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
hi Barb and thanks for sharing your knoledge July 08, 2005 12:42 AM

and in a great timing for all those summer sun burns... this group had more info and q on it but the care2 delete any info of non active topics...and i was on exams period...so my appologizes to u all, hope to write more from now on... i'm don't plan on re -writing the introduction unless someone wants it - so let me know.... Tally  [ send green star]
 
 July 19, 2005 8:24 PM

that's awesome... great info--what do you know about ingesting it? I have heard it has good properties for that as well. Olga  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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