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Wisconsin zone 4/5
2294 Posts
February 14, 2013 - 7:02 am

I was very lucky to get several large potted ALOE VERA PLANTS from my neighbor. I have always known that ALOE VERA was a good treatment for sunburn &  minor burns. For the last several months I have been using it topically to moisturize and repair my aging skin. Free, natural and organic is perfect.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

Wisconsin zone 4/5
2294 Posts
November 6, 2014 - 4:54 pm

It has been around 2 years since I started using FRESH Aloe Vera right from the plant. Years past I bought Aloe Vera Gel in a bottle and applied it to my face, neck & chest after washing. I read what a wonderful moisturizer it was.  I looked at the bottle ingredients decided to stop using it.  The label said PURE, yet there was a list of ingredients I couldn't pronounce. Preservatives & color? Really. I decided the only way I would get away from chemicals is to grow it myself ORGANICALLY. So  I did & still do.

Late Summer I divided my Aloe plants and repotted them. Two of the large Aloes had a thick main root and flopped over, probably from harvesting the bottom leaves exposing the large main stem.  I decided to cut off the main stem & bury the plant about 3" deep, to the first set of leaves. But first I let the plant 'callus' where I cut the stem off. It took around 2 days to callus over. I potted them up with a cactus soil mix and watered them in. I didn't water again for about a month. Come Spring & Summer I water more often, about every two weeks. Better less often than too much.

Four of my plants are huge, which I harvest the leaves from, one leaf weekly. And four littler plants.  For the Winter season I only water them once monthly and keep them in a south facing window.

Some people who use the Aloe gel FRESH, like to harvest a leaf, slice it open length wise and scrape the gel out. Then store the gel in a container.  I don't do it that way. I like to harvest a leaf and then cut off about a 1/2", slice that open and immediately apply to my skin. Throw away the used tiny 1/2" piece and put the rest of the leaf in a baggie until the next morning or night when I need to moisturize again. Slicing off only the amount you will be using immediately.  I figure this way air & light are not exposed to the gel, the plant 'skin' is protecting it. I think when you scrape all the gel out at once you are losing the medicinal properties that the plant is giving us.

Aloe, Calendula, Plantain, Comfrey and Lemon Balm are all my FAVORITE skin care treatments that I grow organically. My Lavender still has a year or two to grow large enough for me to harvest enough buds to make an infusion.  I am now adding two more favorite herbs...Rosemary & Rose Hip oils.SmileWink

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

Wisconsin zone 4/5
2294 Posts
April 26, 2017 - 6:22 pm

I still have my aloe plants.  They all survived the cutting and placing the cutting in cactus & succulent soil mix. Amazing plants.  This winter I only watered them twice.  I have given away so many of the babies.  It is said that the aloe plants are great to have in your bedroom to help clean the air.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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