Aloe Vera has great skin nourishing properties and can be used by simply cutting a leaf off, and rubbing the gel on your skin. Great used to help sooth and heal sun burnt skin.
Not often considered a culinary herb, Aloe Vera does have a purpose in the kitchen. The gel is used mixed into drinks such as cocktails and medicinal tonics, whilst the drained leaves can be used in salads and stir fries.
Great grown in a pot with sandy/gritty compost, and moved indoors over winter.
Genus: Aloe barbadensis miller
Aspect: Full Sun
Hardiness: Tender (cold tollerant)
Height: 0.3 - 0.6 metres
Spread: 0.6 - 0.9 metres