Friday, August 21, 2009

Aloe Vera Plant Question

I have an Aloe Vera plant that has some huge leaves(?) on it. I haven't been able to find how to really harvest it.. The How When and What to do after with both plant and harvested part? So I thought I would ask everyone here. If you have any info or a good website for info.. All I could come up was big Aloe Vera farms or places that sell it..
I am doing okay Recouping but having a really hard time not overdoing it still.. Its the little things that are tripping me up.. But Nana and the girls have been making sure I am doing better about it.. I hate it. I am usually the one taking care of everyone else... Okay I am done whining... Let me know if anyone knows anything about Aloe Vera!! Oh and we are having Absolutely Beautiful Weather!!!

8 comments:

Anke said...

I am not really sure how to harvest aloe. Normally I just cut a piece and rub it over the burned area. The plant heals itself and this has worked for us now for a while. Don't put your aloe outside though when it rains a lot. I did that and my plant rotted... :-(

Gail said...

We always just keep an aloe alive so it is handy for burns, etc. Just pick off a leaf, split and use it.

I do not know how to store it or process it.

~Tonia said...

What about after harvesting Does it get a new leaf started there? Does it keep growing straight up with spaces where you have harvested leaves? Mine is on the front porch but it doesnt get rain. Just watered every week or 2. I know you can scrap the leaf and freeze it for later use.

tree ocean said...

"A Modern Herbal" by Mrs. M. Grieve (I highly recommend this book I book cheap off a sales rack at B & N), says, "The drug Aloes consists of the liquid exuded from the transversely-cut bases of the leaves of various species of Aloes, evaporated to dryness."

Under medicinal action and uses, it says it is "one of the safest and best warm and stimulating purgatives to persons of sedentary habits and phlegmatic conditions."

So the dried reference is for oral consumption, but it also says it was rarely used by itself. (it did give the dried dosage as 1 to 5 grains per dose)

Might be a good idea to freeze the juice in ice cube trays, but it would take a lot to fill a cube, I guess. And ice isn't great for burns... Fresh off the plant is probably better.

Keep resting!!!!(imagines Tonia sitting on her porch swing looking for something to do when she spies the lush aloe....LOL)

Carolyn said...

I need an aloe plant! But I don't know how to harvest it other than using it for burns. I guess you could separate some of it and give it away or sell it to friends/neighbors.

~Tonia said...

It has 2 babies in it. I had planned on digging those out and giving them to my MIL. I could freeze it in freezer bags in a thin layer so if we do have burns it would unthaw quickly and not be ice.. I know you can take it internally for digestive healing and it does work,... I just cant get past the Actually swallowing the stuff!!lol

tree ocean said...

The thin layer in freezers bags is a great idea as you said it would thaw quickly ...

I guess the dried powder would not be so gross to swallow. You could try some in your dehydrator if you have one-like fruit roll ups. or mix a bit of the juice in some mashed berries and dry that- might not notice the taste.

The book did note that it can be very griping used alone and effects mostly the large intestine so I think purge means to make you go!!!~ Or mix some with chocolate and make your own ex-lax! hehe

~Tonia said...

Chocolate covered Aloe..... hmm maybe... Lol