3 Reasons to love Aloe
We love Aloe! These unique succulents are more than just a pretty plant, and there are plenty of benefits to have one (or a few!) in your home. Here are three reasons to add Aloe to your plant collection:
Aloe are a great houseplant, even for those without a green thumb! They love sun, and will thrive in a bright, sunny window or as a summertime patio plant without asking for too much attention. Aloe are succulent plants, meaning they have adapted to retain water and survive in drought conditions, so they will have no problem surviving a forgetful waterer! They do best when watered about once a week, or whenever the top few inches of soil have dried out. Just be careful not to water too often – the best way to kill a succulent is by overwatering.
Aloe Vera has a long history of medicinal use, dating all the way back to Ancient Egypt! These days, it can be found in all kinds of cosmetics and medicines. It is often used as an ingredient in soaps, gels and lotions for its moisturizing abilities. You can even harvest the gel from your aloe plant, if you’re looking for a more natural or inexpensive alternative to store-bought creams and lotions. This gel can be applied directly to skin to soothe sunburns, cold sores and other minor wounds, or as a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Aloe plants are also a natural air purifier that absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen during the night, so keeping one around can also lead to a better night's sleep!
With their thick, green, serrated leaves fanning out from a central stem, Aloe make a unique addition to any plant collection. Their desert vibes fit in great with other succulents and cacti, and are a perfect boho accessory. Though Aloe Vera is the most popular species, and the most widely cultivated for its healing properties, there are plenty of other interesting types of Aloe out there. Aloe plants come in many different shapes, colours and sizes, many of which are widely available and also make great houseplants. With the right conditions, mature Aloe plants will also produce flowers – striking, bright red or yellow blossoms on tall stems.