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All About Aloe

By Sharon
August 4, 2011

My mother had a plethora of houseplants. They held no interest for me when I was growing up. I much preferred climbing the mountains with Aunt Bett, gathering wildflowers and herbs and learning of the magic they held. To a little tomboy, houseplants were nothing but boring, except for the one that I was told to never touch, Aloe vera.

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plantladylin
Aug 3, 2011 6:16 PM CST
Sharon:

Another great article on an interesting and useful plant! I remember receiving a little Aloe "pup" from a co-worker in the mid 1970's and that thing grew and multiplied to the point where it was over running a flower bed. We dug hundreds of large, medium and small Aloe's out one year, gave them to neighbors and friends and still had what seemed like a truck load that went out with the trash. I now keep one or two Aloe's in containers because I can't imagine being without that healing sap! Years ago when one of my nieces came to Florida on vacation she spent too many hours on the beach and got a pretty bad sunburn. I immediately cut off a couple of Aloe spikes, took scissors and cut away the spines down each side of the stem, slit the stem down the center and put the aloe juice on her sunburn. She was amazed at how quickly it cooled her burning skin! Some folks have said that the aloe juice stinks, but it's the best burn remedy ever! I can't count the number of times I've burned myself on the stove, or with the iron and the first thing I reach for when that happens is my garden shears to cut a stem of Aloe! I think every household should have a little Aloe plant on the kitchen windowsill!

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Sharon
Aug 3, 2011 6:26 PM CST
Thanks, Lin.
I'm glad to know that somebody else counts aloe as valuable as I do!

My daughter lives in the south too, and I think every product she has must have aloe in it.
She isn't much of a gardener or she'd keep it as a houseplant.
I think I must have failed in my mommy duties about the gardening part!
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Aguane
Aug 3, 2011 7:24 PM CST
Sharon, your article about Aloe should be published every Spring. It is a wonder plant with so many beneficial attributes. I ALWAYS have aloe growing for all the reasons you mention here. Some people ask me if they can just go to Walgreen's and purchase the product in a bottle. The answer I give them is "No". The fresh plant kept on hand is the only way to go! ~Thanks again!
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Sharon
Aug 3, 2011 7:39 PM CST
Thanks Susie, that's exactly the way I feel about fresh Aloe!
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Bubbles
Aug 3, 2011 9:18 PM CST
Enjoyed your article about aloes. Even non gardening neighbors have it growing in their yards for burns. Of course, this is Texas so they grow much bigger here!
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Sharon
Aug 3, 2011 9:29 PM CST
I hear that same thing every time my SIL visits and sees my little tiny aloe that I'm so proud of!
She's from Texas, too.
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Bubbles
Aug 3, 2011 9:34 PM CST
It's not tiny, it's just a different variety. Rolling my eyes.
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Sharon
Aug 3, 2011 9:47 PM CST
Sure.
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Boopaints
Aug 3, 2011 10:56 PM CST
I love Aloe and have also had it in my garden all of my life. From sunburn to chapped lips to bug bites, it really works! Thank you for another great article.
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Sharon
Aug 3, 2011 11:23 PM CST
Me too, Becky, but I forgot to mention the chapped lips!
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Aguane
Aug 3, 2011 11:32 PM CST
(my ad page is loaded with aloe ads:) ))j Interesting how this works.
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Sharon
Aug 3, 2011 11:37 PM CST
Fun, isn't it?
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KyWoods
Aug 4, 2011 2:24 PM CST
I brought my aloe here from California nearly 14 years ago, and I still use it for sunburn and bug bites.
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Sharon
Aug 4, 2011 2:53 PM CST
Long-lived, aren't they, Renee?
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wren
Aug 6, 2011 9:12 AM CST
Great article
I lost my plant to a combination of to many freezes and yard help who did not follow directions.
Really need to get another one soon.
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Sharon
Aug 6, 2011 9:37 AM CST
Thanks, Sandy,
Yes, you really need to get another one.
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vic
Aug 6, 2011 9:54 AM CST
GREAT article Sharon!

I don't have an Aloe plant anymore but when I did, I used it numerous times for sunburn. It felt so cool and healed the burn quickly!

I used Aloe for my radiation burns when I had cancer and it was the ONLY "lotion" my radiation oncologist allowed. I bought pure Aloe in a bottle Whistling and while it worked beautifully on my radiation burns, to this day, when I smell it, it takes me right back to the room with the big machine shooting rads. Crying Not a painful memory, just not a happy one. Thumbs down

Not too long after I finished radiation, a dear friend I worked with was scheduled for radiation following her cancer. I bought her a bottle of Aloe and put it in her mailbox. She told me it was great stuff! Thumbs up

I'm with Sandy, I need to get another one. There's always a clothespin for my nose Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

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Sharon
Aug 6, 2011 11:13 AM CST
That's so good to know, Vic. Sorry for your purpose for it's use, but I'm so glad it helped.
We can put up with a lot of scents if we know they are good for us, don't you think?
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vic
Aug 6, 2011 11:48 AM CST
We sure can! That goes for tastes too - like cod liver oil and icky stuff we used to have to take when we were little Hilarious!
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Sharon
Aug 6, 2011 11:50 AM CST
Yup. Except I'm not sure that cod liver oil would stay down, even if I needed it.
Nor would cod.
Nor would liver.
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