Variegated aloe

The charm of aloe

Of the different species of aloe existing in nature, variegated aloe is perhaps the most fascinating and able to strike the eye: not surprisingly, its widespread diffusion has two main reasons, namely its use in the phytotherapeutic field and the purely ornamental purpose inside apartments or gardens. The variegated aloe belongs to the Liliaceae family and has a bushy development, with very fleshy leaves with a characteristic streaked color. It is a plant that can reach up to one meter in height in optimal conditions, although usually the local climate favors the more moderate development of the plant. The leaves are usually collected in a rosette and have thorns along the sides and up to the tips. The thickness of the leaf is due to the considerable presence of aquifer parenchyma, which make the variegated aloe a plant extremely rich in substances widely used in phytotherapy for the well-being of the body. Alongside the charm of the leaves is added that of the racemic inflorescences which in the spring months turn the plant yellow, creating elegant contrasts with the green shades of the leaves.

Phytotherapeutic properties

Aloe is a plant that has, in recent years, a growing attention from the world of phytotherapy; in particular, variegated aloe is considered a valuable resource for different types of ailments. Its properties are mainly toning, anti-inflammatory and healing: this is why variegated aloe is the basis for the creation of many products intended for epidermal care. However, the application of variegated aloe is not limited to the dermatological one: consumed internally, variegated aloe is considered an excellent purifying agent for the body and is used for previous periods of detoxification from toxins produced by the body or taken by the external. Acting directly on the immune system, aloe vera is also taken preventively, to strengthen the body’s defenses, perhaps in periods when one is naturally more subject to seasonal evils. In this sense, aloe vera is used in different types of products, even if the consumption, in a simpler and more direct way, is already attested in the most ancient times, a sign of the real effectiveness and the remarkable beneficial properties of this plant, which boasts for this very reason it is widespread even in places that do not include such vegetation as native.

Products on the market

Since variegated aloe is widely used for skin care, many of the products made with this plant are just creams and gels for external use. They may contain only aloe extracts, or a mix of substances with similar properties, for an even more effective result. The products made in this way can fall into the category of phytotherapeutic remedies or cosmetics, for the creation of toning creams for the skin that can also be used daily. The variegated aloe carves out space, however, also in the culinary field: not only is it possible to give life to aloe juices to be taken to promote daily well-being, but also for the creation of tasty teas that thanks to the variegated aloe flowersthey take on intense and unmistakable fragrances. Syrups and other products of this type for preventive purposes can be taken to raise the immune defenses in a period of particular fatigue or in conjunction with the periods of greater diffusion of the most classic seasonal ills, for further protection. Furthermore, many products for the eye contour and facial skin contain extracts of variegated aloe, which allows adequate care and visible results within a short time from the beginning of the applications. Naturally, variegated aloe is also found on the market in the form of a plant, since its characteristics make it a decorative and fascinating plant.

Aloe variegata: Cultivation

Variegated aloe can be grown in Italy, but finds its place in open spaces only in areas with a more temperate climate: in all other cases it will be necessary to place it inside your home or apartment, in order to guarantee the plant temperatures. optimal for its development and growth. Aloe adapts easily to the most diverse types of soil; to promote luxuriant growth it is possible to add fertilizer to the irrigation water, while being careful not to exceed with either of the two elements and avoiding the formation of water stagnation. The plant does not require special additional attention except repotting when the container is too small, to be carried out in the spring, and elimination of dry leaves and flowers after the flowering period, to avoid that the older and weaker parts take away nourishment and space for the development of new leaves or new flowering, with an obvious advantage also from an aesthetic point of view for those who they decide to grow aloe for ornamental purposes. However, no further pruning operations are necessary.

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