Getting to know Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a slow growing, succulent plant also known as ‘Lily of the Desert’, ‘First Aid Plant’ or ‘Medicine Plant’.
The fleshy stems with small white thorns along the margins, house a clear gel that can be used topically to help heal a list of minor skin ailments.

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How to Care for your Aloe Vera Plant

These hardy, water resistant plants can be kept either indoors in a bright well lit position or outdoors in full sun.
Here at Little Lands, we have planted them in modern earthware pots with the same layering system found in all of our terrariums.  The top layer of pebbles will help to keep the moisture in.

Like most succulents, they are low maintenance and prefer to have soil that is on the drier side so don’t over water.

How to use Aloe Vera Gel

Simply break off an Aloe Vera stem and squeeze the clear gel from its base.  The area you have broken the stem from will form a callous and will cause no damage to the plant.
You can also place the stem in the fridge for added cooling relief.

Uses for your Aloe Vera Plant

Get relief from sunburn and other mild surface burns
Use as a skin moisturiser
It can help take the sting or itch out of insect bites


Get your own Aloe Vera Plant

Where:   Little Lands Conservatory
45 Main Road, Monbulk

Price:      $35