Monday, July 27, 2015

A GIFT WITH HEALING PROPERTIES

I can't remember if I mentioned this, but a few weeks ago, 2nd Family gave us this clay pot with this Aloe vera in it.  They said we had to have Aloe nearby in case we needed it.  A very thoughtful thing to do.

Newly planted aloe vera
It must be happy in its new home because here it is this weekend...

Aloe vera plant with babies
It's getting bigger and babies are springing up all around it!  Yay! 

We haven't had need to use it yet, thankfully, but it's great to have one handy on the porch...and so that got us to wondering.  What are any other healing herbs/plants to keep in a pot on the porch to pull and use as needed?  I know there are herbs that make teas and such, but we were thinking more of something like the Aloe, something that's right there when you need it and you just break off a piece and use it when you need it.

Anything we must have?


18 comments:

Gail said...

I know aloe is good for wounds and burns.

Here is a link that may contain many things you can use.
http://www.anniesremedy.com/chart.php?gc=bchart

Sarah said...

Wow that is growing well. I didn't know you could just break off a piece and use it immediately. I need to get one of these!

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Aloe is great for burns, just break off a branch, squeeze out the gel directly on the burn (sun or stove type). It will immediately help cool and heal it. Another great thing for burns Manuka Honey, it's organic and stop the burning immediately. We keep a jar in out medical case for emergencies.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

aloe is a good moisturizer too. yours looks very happy!

Janie Junebug said...

I don't know much about plants, but I congratulate you on your aloe vera.

Love,
Janie

Texas Rose said...

You definitely have a green thumb! Look at all those baby aloes! You'll have enough for several pots at the Farm and in town. The one I have on my back porch has rescued me from more than a few kitchen burns and other skin irritations.
As for other plants, I like to have different mint varieties in pots on my porch. I add them to iced tea or water - it's really refreshing - this would be great for you after-mowing. It's also good for an upset stomach.

Anne in the kitchen said...

Mint and ginger. You can chew the mint leaves as they are and you can pull up ginger root and cut a small slice to chew for upset stomachs. (Ginger multiplies like crazy)

1st Man said...

What a great link, thank you. I've bookmarked it for future reading. Aloe is a good one for sure. Happy to have it.

1st Man said...

Yep, you just break it off and squeeze out the gell onto burns or rash or itches. You definitely need one! :-)

1st Man said...

I haven't heard about Manuka honey, I will have to google it. I'm assuming being honey, it has indefinite shelf life? Great suggestion, thanks.

1st Man said...

I didn't know that, thanks, nothing wrong with that now that "50" has arrived. Guys need smooth skin too, ha.

1st Man said...

Well thank you for that, you are always so kind!

1st Man said...

On this part at least, ha. Oh, mint is a great idea. I've got some empty clay pots on the porch. Thanks for the suggestion!

1st Man said...

Another vote for mint....and ginger I love anyway. I wonder if it grows in our heat? And soil? I will have to research that, thanks!!

Amanda Pope said...

Hey,my aloe took a dive and died but it was pretty big when it did.We had too much rain and thats what did it.I should of brought it in.They don't like alot of water so be careful.Yours is looking pretty good.

Anne in the kitchen said...

I pot it in a large ceramic pot. Because it will not over winter in Alabama I don't waste space in the yard planting it. I just buy a hunk in the spring at the grocery store and plop it in the potl. A little water and sun and it pretty much takes care of itself. You get this tall thick grassy looking foliage while the root morphs and splits. I

1st Man said...

Thanks for that, I wondered how much to water. Right now it's just getting watered once a week so I guess that's a good plan, ha. Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Wow, thanks for that info. I didn't know it was that easy. A pot on the porch is a good idea. Or maybe outside by the barns. I like the idea of something grassy looking...thanks!