Seen at the Festival of the Tree

...if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden ~ Chinese proverb

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Aloe vera

I was feeling rather smug as I sat in the Natural Health Centre as today I should have been back at work following my career break. Instead I was having my 'feet done' by Val, my reflexologist - a much nicer activity!

I took this picture just before setting off and by a strange coincidence found myself in the waiting room 20 minutes later reading a book on the same plant, Aloe vera.

I'm pleased that the 4 'babies' given to me by my friend Hilary last May are now doing really well and are having babies of their own in addition to brightening up my windowsill.

It's a handy plant to have in the kitchen should you burn or scald yourself as you can snip off a leaf and apply the resultant thick gel that oozes out onto the skin for instant relief. In addition to this property, the book claimed many other benefits such as boosting the immune system and being of value in the treatment of ulcers, eczema, asthma, acne and psoriasis. I couldn't find any up to date clinical research to backup these claims, but I did find this interesting recent news article instead.


  1. I have Aloe vera envy! I'll swap you a baby one for a baby Partridge-breasted aloe (Aloe variegata)

  2. You can have one anyway - as you can see they become prolific very quickly! :-)

    I've already got a baby Partridge-breasted aloe - it's the great great grandson of 'Percy plant', the only plant in NAH's possession when I met him over 25 years ago. So I have to keep the dynasty going!

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  5. Glad to hear you’re all enjoying it! As for the aloe, I buy 100% pure aloe vera as well, and I keep it in the fridge. Like I said before, I have never had a problem, and I always keep mine in a jar, too. It is way to thick to put in a pump. I like to use amber or cobalt colored jars to keep the sunlight out. I’ll have to look into the aloe issue some more!

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