Aloe arborescens (Aloe arborescens) Plant
Due to the many possible medicinal and cosmetic uses of Aloe arborescens this plant should always have a special place in our garden. As aloe is easy to care for it can be grown well in pots and window boxes so that will survive in a harsh winter. It is very common to find this component in facial and hands creams, shampoos, and sunscreens. It is also recommended as protection against radiation.
The juice can be used in recipes such as that of Father Romano Zago (Jesuit in Brazil), which together with other components, is used as an anticancer remedy, although science has not yet ruled on the matter.
It has been found that aloe arborescens is more effective than aloe vera and it is medically proven that so far this is the aloe with greatest curative qualities. Indeed in Germany it has been recognized as the only aloe plant with high quality medicinal effects. This Aloe can reach a height of up to 3 meters in southern areas. If allowed to grow it becomes a bush and then a tree if you remove the side shoots that. In southern Italy the plant blooms with beautiful red flowers in January and February.
Soil: grows well in rocky but well drained soil. Needs moisture both winter and summer but also tolerates drought periods.
Light: It grows especially well in warm and bright spots
Multiplication: Reproduce planting the side shoots. Seeds can also work but need above 20 ° C to germinate
In winter: they adapt well to windows pots. Withstands temperatures of about 0 ° C but will not survive freezing during a long period of time.
In the kitchen:
It is claimed that the juice of the plant with corn vodka has a relaxing effect.
In the home:
Cosmetics: Some juice mixed in the shampoo prevents dryness and itching of the scalp. It is also used as a moisturizer for dry skin.
Medicine & Health:
It is used against sunburn and other minor burns. It also has demonstrated healing effects against dermatitis, eczema and other skin ailments. It is also used in cancer therapy and to reduce side effects of chemotherapy. Used against arthritic rheumatism, liver function regulator. Reduces the level of blood sugar in diabetes Mellitus.