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Aloe vera (Burn Plant) - Herbal Plants
Aloe vera (Burn Plant)Name: Aloe vera (Burn Plant)

Description: This mildly spiky succulent grows as a rosette. Clumps grow to about 60cm tall. The leaves are grey green and striated with pale markings. They are very thick and fleshy and ooze a clear, gel-like substance when cut or broken. It bears yellow tubular flowers in summer and is actually a member of the lily family.

Origin: Most probably North Africa

Cultivation: Aloe vera is easily propagated from offsets from an established plant. It is possible to raise plants from seed which is sown in spring. The plant requires a well-drained position, protected from hot late afternoon sun and needs more water than many succulents. However it cannot cope with being water-logged, so plant in a raised bed or in a freely-draining pot.

USES: Aloe vera gel has always been highly prized as a treatment for minor burns. It can also be used to soothe sunburn and other skin afflictions. The gel is also used extensively in a wide range of cosmetics and skin-care products. While some claims are also made for its efficacy when taken internally, it is its use for healing and soothing the skin that is well documented.
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