In early Egyptian times, aloe vera was known as the "plant of immortality" and was given as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs. Nowadays, aloe vera plants are often grown in kitchen gardens and the juice and pulp of the plant is used to heal wounds and treat a number of skin conditions. Taking cuttings from an aloe plant is straightforward whether you are doing so to treat the skin, or grow another plant.
Look for an aloe plant leaf that is at least 4 inches long. Examine the plant to make sure it looks healthy, with no spots on it.
Cut the leaf close to the bottom of the stem with a sharp knife.
Keep the cutting in a cool, dry place for two to three days, to allow the fresh cut to heal.
Fill a pot with potting soil. Dampen the soil until it is moist, but do not soak it.
Calculate one-third of the length of your cutting. Make a hole in your soil as deep as this measurement and insert your cutting. For example, insert a 9-inch cutting to a depth of 3 inches.
Position the pot in a spot that receives plenty of indirect sunlight. Water the soil regularly to keep it moist, but do not over water.
Cut a 1-inch piece from the tip of a leaf with a sharp knife.
Peel off the spines from the stalk and make a vertical cut to open the piece.
Press a finger on either side of the piece to squeeze out the aloe juice and pulp.
Use aloe juice and pulp to cool down sunburned or irritated skin. Spread it on the affected area with your fingers or the aloe peel once or twice a day.
Tips and warnings
- Use aloe juice and pulp to cool down sunburned or irritated skin. Spread it on the affected area with your fingers or the aloe peel once or twice a day.