About Aloe Vera
Aloe vera's name comes from the Arabic word "alloeh," meaning "shining, bitter substance" and "vera," which means "true" in Latin.
There are hundreds of types of aloe plants, though only a few species contain the medicinal and healing properties that "true aloe" contains. Aloe vera is an excellent plant at home because it boasts many health benefits. Aloe vera gel contained in the plant's leaves can help with several skin irritations and ailments, including:
Psoriasis and eczema
In addition to its use in skin care, consumption of aloe vera gel also has several health benefits, including:
Reducing dental plaque
Reducing blood sugar
Intake of antioxidants
Aloe vera belongs to the Asphodelaceae (Liliaceae) family, and the botanical name is Aloe barbadensis miller.
Aloe vera is a succulent plant. Succulents are any plant with thick, fleshy leaves that store water.
Aloe is considered to be an angiosperm plant because, in the right conditions, it will flower. Aloe vera leaves are made of three different layers:
An inner gel that is comprised of water with glucomannans, amino acids, lipids, sterols, and vitamins making up the rest
The yellow sap in the inner layer, which is latex and contains anthraquinones and glycosides
The thick outer layer, which protects the plant and synthesizes carbohydrates and proteins
Aloe vera is native to Africa, Madagascar, and the Arabian Peninsula.
Most aloe plants boast a rosette of triangular, fleshy green leaves that fan out from the plant's center, and many have toothed edges. Some aloe vera plants retain dead, brown leaves around the bottom of the plant for protection against the heat of wildfires.
Some species will bloom tubular flowers in the right conditions, which can be yellow, red, or white. The pointy leaves are typically green but sometimes appear to have a grey hue to them and may also contain white spots.
It is a unique-looking plant, making it a great decorative indoor plant.
Types Of Aloe Vera Plants
The aloe genus contains many other types of plants besides aloe vera. There are over 500 aloe plant species, and almost all of them can be cultivated as houseplants. Here is a look at some of the aloe varieties:
Aloe Vera Plant Styling
Aloe vera plants can make beautiful decorations. These medicinal plants are practical and aesthetically pleasing and can be styled in many ways. Small terracotta or wooden pots can be a nice way to bring a simple, classic style to your house.
Aloe vera also looks great in a terrarium with air plants, orchids, and baby tears (a moss-like creeping plant). A different and fun way to bring some personality to your house is by using "head" planters (made to look like a person's head), as the aloe plant's spiky leaves look like a 90s hairstyle.