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Hello the Aloe
By Lynn Kirkland

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Herb of the week for 8th June
by Lynn Kirkland

Hello the Aloe

June usually brings lovely crisp mornings and clear days and the gardens do their best to provide an attraction for the birds.
The bright and beautiful flowers of these aloe plants will attract the wax eyes and give great pleasure as they enjoy the nectar from the flowers or perhaps it is the seeds that bring them in great numbers.
This aloe is not aloe vera which is said to be the most medicinal of the aloe family.
Aloe vera is not frost hardy and is best grown in a pot.
However any aloe can be used for healing by splitting open the leaf and applying the clear gel to burns, insect bites, pimples or grazes.
There are some people who are allergic to aloe so it makes sense to do a patch test before applying aloe to a skin problem.
Just apply a little to your pulse point inside your wrist and wait for a few moments. If you feel any irritation just wash off the aloe and do not use it.
Most people find aloe the best treatment possible for burns. It is wise to still use cold water first and then apply aloe. I have taped a split leaf onto a scald and it has been wonderful in taking all the heat away and healing without scarring.
Just dab a little aloe gel onto spots and the astringency and antiseptic properties will have it gone in no time.
If you get bitten by an insect the relief from aloe gel is immediate.
What a great herb to have in the garden both for its healing properties and its attractiveness to the eye and to the birdlife.

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