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Gel d'Aloe: how to get it and how to use it
Aloe is part of that category of succulent plants. It has its origins in countries characterized by tropical climates and arid areas where the availability of water is scarce especially in the hottest months of the year. The characteristic of succulent plants is that of possessing stems and fleshy leaves within which they accumulate water and reserve substances to be used in dry seasons. In fact, inside these plants there is often a gelatinous substance that, due to its richness in nutrients, has excellent curative and cosmetic properties.
Aloe gel can be safely associated with all these features. The plant from which it is extracted is commonly cultivated also in the gardens and in the balconies of the houses. It needs simple and normal care but the result is not only to have at its disposal a beautiful plant but also a resource that can be used at any time and for numerous situations.
The type of Aloe that is usually exploited for medicinal purposes is Aloe vera whose scientific name is Aloe barbadensis Miller. Among the many species, it is the richest and best known. Suffice it to say that already the Assyrians, about 2000 years before Christ, knew this plant and in a tablet they had written that its leaves were like knife sheaths and in fact the shape is very similar to these tools.
The Aloe plant can reach up to one meter in height and the leaves can gradually become very thick and swollen. They are green in color and their epidermis is coated by a cuticle, essential for avoiding waste and the loss of water from the transpiring portion which is precisely the leaf.
Now we will see some rules to follow for the cultivation of Aloe at home.
The most important aspect is the position the plant occupies. Over time it has adapted to arid and sunny environments so it can easily live in the garden, but it is also suitable for growing in pots. Its worst enemy is the stagnation of water in the ground which, when it occurs, creates excessive absorption by the roots and a forced accumulation in the leaves that rot over time. The same fate can have the roots that are too long immersed in water. Having said this we came to the conclusion that, both on the ground and in the pot, we need to insert earth with draining capacities and above all we must press it after inserting the plant, to avoid the formation of empty chambers between the soil states.
At this point it is essential to pay attention to the water given to it. We must not water it too often because the soil must not be soaked. Between one irrigation and the next it is good to make sure that the earth is dry. We must not fear the total drying of water in the earth because the plant will always have its reserve. In the hottest periods of the year you can slightly increase the frequency of irrigation but do not overdo it. It does not need tannins or fertilizers but only attention.
Gel inside the plant
The gel that we find inside the Aloe leaves is nothing but its aquifer parenchyma, that is, a tissue with cells capable of absorbing and storing large quantities of water, mineral salts and other substances essential for the life of the plant. It is the most used part also artisanally for medicinal and curative purposes and it is the part that contains the greatest number of substances with beneficial properties for our body. It is rich in compound sugars such as glucomannans, it is also a source of vitamins, phospholipids, lignins and amino acids. Each of these performs its function.
Aloe gel: How and when to use aloe gel
First of all, aloe gel is considered a cure-all for sensitive skin thanks to its moisturizing and soothing properties and to the limited possibilities it has of triggering allergic reactions.
It can be emulsified with the normal cream that the person uses daily and by doing so will strengthen its effectiveness.
But aloe gel is very useful to soothe and heal skin that has been exposed to the sun for too long or has suffered lacerations due to burns. In this case, just spread the gel directly on the affected area for a few days to immediately see improvements.
Don't forget that it is an excellent ally against scalp dandruff. It will be sufficient to rub a little gel on it before shampooing and leave it to act for a few minutes.
To whom has it never happened to make an effort and feel muscular pains? Also in these cases the aloe gel may be useful, perhaps associated with a warming cream massaged on the injured part.
It can be used as a refreshing and moisturizing product even after shaving and it will work to cure any small tears in the skin that are often created. It also has disinfectant properties that can be exploited even in this circumstance.
For those wishing to try to brush their teeth in a completely natural way, they can use blended mint leaves, oregano powder to be emulsified with aloe gel which also offers the possibility of remedying problems such as gingivitis and the like.
Often it happens to be in presence of ponfi given by insect bites that react with our immune system swelling and giving the annoying sensation of itching. Just take a bit of gel rub it on the spot where the puncture took place and not only will the discomfort pass, but the swelling will begin to diminish until the problem disappears completely.