Variegated aloe

Variegated aloe

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Aloe variegata

The inflorescences are orange. The leaves are fleshy and rich in aquifer parenchyma with thorns only on the sides. The structure of this plant is made so that it can survive even in cases of drought. It blooms in Spring and Summer, is a perennial plant and is native to South Africa. It is a plant that can be kept both in an apartment or on a terrace but is renowned not so much for its aesthetics but above all for the therapeutic benefits that it makes in herbal medicine as a medicinal plant. It is very similar to Agave but differs from it because it has a slightly different shape and does not die after flowering. Furthermore, the leaves are much fleshier and have thorns that the Agave does not have. Compared to other houseplants, the variegated Aloe, has the ability to release a lot of oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide and therefore for this very important factor, it is very suitable for a bedroom.

How to keep variegated aloe in good shape

Variegated aloe needs a lot of sun. If held in an apartment room, it should be placed near a curtain so that it has direct exposure to sunlight. The same is true if it is placed in the garden or on a terrace, its exposure must be categorically in the sun if you really want to keep the plant in good shape. If you live in a southern part of Italy, the plant can be very well min garden or on a terrace because the climate is temperate and the Aloe loves this type of temperature, if instead you live in the north of Italy, the plant will have to be placed for obvious reasons, in the apartment. Temperatures that are too cold and freezing would not help its growth and health and could become sick or even die. Ideal temperatures are 20 or 24 degrees during the day and should not exceed 10 or 12 degrees at night. It can also be kept in a greenhouse. The variegated aloe can be grown in a vase of maximum 60 centimeters in circumference and adapts to all types of soil as long as it has a substrate of sand and universal soil. Do not over-water the plant but above all do not leave water in the saucer to prevent the roots from becoming moldy. From time to time the plant should be fertilized with liquid fertilizer for succulent plants and if necessary, it should be repotted by changing the soil but only in spring. Aloe is never pruned but only dried flowers are eliminated. Its propagation takes place by cutting. The sprouts are cut and left to dry in the sun for a couple of days or more (depending on the temperature of the area where you live) and then the sprouts are planted in small pots with a light substrate of sand and earth. The jars should be kept in a very bright place.

Therapeutic virtues of variegated Aloe

The variegated aloe is very appreciated for its virtues of officinal herb since ancient times. Even Christopher Columbus called it "The medicine in a vase". It has emollient, toning and healing properties and is suitable for skin diseases. It is also used for the preparation of cosmetic products such as toning of the skin of the face and in the form of gel and also has a high power to regulate the metabolism of sugars and fats. The juice of the plant's leaves is used to purify the body of various toxins. Even if it is said to be muted, aloe juice has anti-carcinogenic properties and is used orally, as a preventive measure to immunize the body by increasing the immune system. In the kitchen the aloe is used to make excellent tea with the use of its dried flowers.

How to prepare variegated Aloe juice at home

We have seen that variegated Aloe juice contains beneficial principles for the whole body. The juice can be purchased in herbal medicine already ready but you can also prepare it at home. To try our hand at preparation, we must first of all know that the principles of the plant are not contained in the whole leaf but only in the upper part. Then we cut the first part of the leaves and put them to wash under the jet of running tap water. Let's put them in a colander and dry them with absorbent kitchen paper. We centrifuge the leaves and obtain a yellowish juice that must withstand the condensation phase. We leave this juice at room temperature for a few days until it turns green, sometimes tending to black. We sweeten the juice with a good dose of acacia honey and we take this preparation in the amount of 0.025 grams. The therapeutic effects are many but care must be taken not to overdo it. Aloe juice too, has its contraindications, it could in fact incur in digestive problems or in vomiting or diarrhea. Special precautions should be taken for women who are pregnant or need to breastfeed. It is a good rule to rely on the expert advice of a herbalist professional.


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