One of the oldest and most popular medicinal plants on the planet is undoubtedly aloe vera, which it is super resistant and easy to care for, it is highly prized thanks to its multiple healing and aesthetic benefits. It is also one of the most recommended species for absorbing bad energies that may be present in the environment.
Of African origin, this succulent has more than 350 species and is characterised by elongated, fleshy leaves in a vibrant shade of green that can reach a thickness of up to 7cm.
Research by NASA scientists on which plants are ideal for "cleaning the air" revealed that aloe vera is at the top of the list thanks to its purifying power that releases oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide at night. Well, let's get to know this plant a little more better:
It's not a cactus
From its appearance and the fact that it thrives in desert landscapes, aloe vera may be related to cactus... But it is actually a lily that belongs to the Liliaceae family.
Basic care of aloe vera indoors
The ideal environment to place this species is one that has good sunlight. Although it can withstand direct sunlight for a few hours, it is recommended to avoid direct sunlight, especially during the summer, as it could burn its leaves.
You can drink it
Taken internally, Aloe Vera has a nutritional, anti-inflammatory and immune balancing effect on the body. Always choose those that are pure and fresh from the inner leaf, at a minimum containing 90% of this plant and will tend to have that taste, so it may not be the most delicious thing you will drink, but the benefits make it worthwhile.
When you can, always opt for an aloe vera gel to enjoy all the benefits of this 'miracle plant'; don't skimp on your health.
It is super hardy and easy to care for
The perfect temperatures range between approximately 17°C and 27°C and it is always recommended to avoid colder temperatures, as it is a species that may not be able to withstand frost.
Although it is a plant that, in most cases, grows without problems, fertiliser can be used during its flowering season: spring and summer. However, it must be a specific one for succulent or succulent plants and it is always essential to follow the recommendations of a specialist.
Used in cosmetic products to moisturise
Aloe vera is added to many products these days, but often in such low quantities that it would not have any significant impact on your well-being.
When choosing an aloe vera product, look closely at the list of ingredients on the back. This list is always in order of concentration; so opt for a product that has aloe vera listed as one of the first three ingredients to ensure that you can enjoy the full effects of this wonderful plant.
It is not only good for people with atopic problems or allergies
Aloe vera's natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial actions, combined with its nutritional elements, promote cell growth and therefore healing.
However, its balancing effect on the body, gut flora and immune system, together with its antioxidant properties, means that aloe vera can help everyone enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and calm, which in turn can help your bodybecome more efficient at fending off attack.
It is also very healthy for animals
Aloe vera works just as well for animals as it does for humans! Many leading pet breeders and trainers include aloe vera in their pet care routines.
The Royal Veterinary College in the UK confirms that aloe vera was widely used by veterinarians in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly on farm animals and horses - the plant is even part of the college crest!