I am amazed at the rapid growth of my Aloe Vera plants that I started from the mother plant that you see pictured in the center that I purchased only this past June when it was only about four inches high. When I put my new mother plant out on my deck railing and accidently knocked it off, I was devastated because three of the offshoots about four inches tall on the plant broke off. I did some research and learned that offshoots are produced freely at the base of the rosettes and may be removed for propagation, which is no harder than sticking the cutting into some gritty soil. So I did just that, and the results over three months time are what you see pictured. I now believe that the accidental knocking of the plant off my deck railing was indeed a blessing in disguise because I now have three beautiful healthy Aloe Vera plants with several offshoots on each plant. I transplanted them all back in June and left them on the deck outside, bringing them inside only a week ago because the northeastern nights are getting too cold for the plant outside. The weather has been so unpredictable that I didn’t feel comfortable leaving the plants outside any longer. The Aloe plant’s fall and winter home is in front of a window that gets lots of bright sun light
To appreciate how well these plants have done, click on the picture and get a close up look. As you can see, there are several small offshoots on each plant.
I learned a great deal about growing the Aloe Vera plant just from watching my new plants grow. The Aloe Vera loves lots of sunshine, but if you leave the plant in the direct sun all day on a very hot day over only a few days, the leaves will start to turn brown or yellow. So you don’t want to keep your Aloe plant in very hot direct sun for a long period of time. Take you plant out of the hot direct sun, and it will heal itself over time. If this should happen to your plant, it would probably be better to keep it in a good source of sunlight, but not in the direct hot sun. When your plant is outside in the summer time if you live in the northeast, you want to give it plenty of water. Soak it good, let it dry out, then soak it again. Repeat this throughout the summer months. The Aloe plant goes dormant during the winter months so you only need to water the plant a small amount once or twice a month, and make sure you have a pot with drain holes in it.
Too numerous to mention here, the Aloe Vera plant is known as the “miracle plant” and its gel is used from anything to digestive tract disorders to skin disorders. All you have to do is research Aloe Vera plant benefits to find what you may be looking for. This is why I use Organic Aloe Vera plant gel and Organic Aloe Vera plant juice in lieu of water in all of my homemade Lanolin Hand & Foot Creams and my Clouds Of Silk Face Cream that you can read about on this site.
The Aloe Vera plant has been around since Biblical times and is mentioned in the Holy Scriptures of God in many places, and was used after the crucifixion on the body of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
“And then came also Nic-o-de-mus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
Then took they the body of Jesus and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury”. John 19:39,40
You can also read about the Aloe plant in Numbers 24:6, where it is written “As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of ligh aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.”
Being from the medical profession myself, I can attest that the majority of medical doctors, for the most part, are very reluctant to endorse a natural product “that works”. Their regime is the usual “pro-pharm” standard of care. I can understand this. Endorsing a natural product that works would most likely put them and the pharmaceutical companies out of business.
From the Dr. Oz. Show, I was astounded to read a statement from Arthur Perry MD on “The Truth About Aloe Vera”, where he says:
“Aloe sap actually contains at least 13 different drugs. And some of these do inhibit tumors and others stop the pain of sunburn. It kills bacteria, viruses, and fungus. It increases collagen in wounds. And it helps psoriasis and some skin rashes. All good so far.
But in some people, it can paradoxically causes rashes and worse, it can actually cause mutations in cells. And not a single study has ever shown that it has an anti-aging effect.”
While I am delighted that Dr. Perry did at least admit to a few of the too numerous to mention health and skin care benefits of the Aloe Vera plant, he avoided acknowledging that the majority of your pharmaceutical drugs given out by drug companies and prescribed by medical doctors can cause far worse side effects than a rash, or cell mutation, which is an indication that one should discontinue the product, which makes for a slanted medical opinion, in my view.
I think in todays world, where there are so many options and choices being offered to individuals, I think it is best to be an informed consumer and do your own research before deciding which route to follow when it concerns your health. What you don’t know can hurt you. A second opinion, and even a third can also give a person additional knowledge and insights in which products to use or not use.