Introduction: How to Grow Aloe Vera From a Leaf (And Use It)

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This tutorial will instruct you on how to grow aloe vera and how to use it. Aloe vera can help you and your household or area. Aloe vera is the most useful plant in the world and has at least 6 natural antiseptics for killing mold and bacteria. Aloe vera has 101 uses.

Step 1: Gathering the Materials

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Materials list:

  • an aloe vera leaf
  • a clay pot with large holes in it
  • potting soil
  • a watering device (such as a hose)
  • a couple fragments of broken pottery
  • knife
  • spoon

You can gather all these things at a plant nursery and a gardening store.

Step 2: Prepare the Pot

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First check your pot. Your pot should have large holes for water drainage. Then get a piece of broken pottery and place it over the hole like shown above. This piece should keep the dirt from falling out of the pot but will still drain water. Next, fill the pot with potting soil until it is 1 inch below the edge of the pot.

Step 3: Plant the Aloe Vera

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Take the leaf of aloe vera and place it on the soil so it lays flat. Then push it a little into the soil like shown above. The aloe vera should still be exposed a little. Next, find a place to set your pot and aloe. It should be near sunlight and on something that you're okay getting wet.

Step 4: Water and Wait

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Then water the aloe vera. Pour water into the pot until it reaches the edge of the pot. Then let it soak through the soil and drain a little. Water the aloe whenever you see the soil dry. Next, you wait. The aloe vera should sprout tiny leaves in a couple of weeks.

Step 5: How to Use It

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Here is how to use the aloe vera. In about two months after sprouting the aloe vera should be ready to use. First pick a leaf. If you look in the end than you picked, you should see a clear jelly-like pulp. Next, take a knife and cut the aloe vera lengthways in half like shown above. Then take a spoon and scrape out the pulp like shown above. The pulp is ready to apply.

Here are a few ways to use the pulp:

  1. Apply to fire burns for a quick heal
  2. Apply to sunburns for a quick heal
  3. Apply to stings and insect bites to sooth it
  4. Helps heal bruises
  5. Can take care of rashes.


jett.lingenfelter (author)2016-05-11

I did this once before. The aloe vera leaf died. I'll try it once more. Can I put a Jobe fertilizer stick in the soil?

parmans (author)2016-04-28

I planted aloevera plants in bottle 2 years

Best plant to grow thumbs up if u like

SparshS3 (author)2016-01-20

aloe vera grows by leaf cutting ??

juntjoo (author)SparshS32016-04-12

Just like "swamp thing"

DawnM39 (author)SparshS32016-02-24
How to Best Prepare and Eat Aloe Vera & Aloe FAQ

juntjoo (author)2016-04-12

I have one big leaf I bought from the store. It seems to big to waste on just one plant. Could I cut it down the middle then place the cut ends in the dirt(in two separate places)? Or what are the rules for how pieces of the plant can regrow? Thanks!

SharonW74 (author)2016-03-02

there is no point in this demo without a pic of a plant grown from the cutting!

DawnM39 (author)2016-02-24

In my opinion the FDA only wants people to buy pharma drugs so they can make profits. The bible speaks of aloe and all natural products are good to use if you know or learn how to use them so that you don't have side effects when not cleaning them properly and knowing what parts are of use, etc. Blessings

KatieH35 (author)2015-11-22

Will the stub left over from the leaf you cut off grow back or is that part of the plant just dead?

MarkD1 (author)KatieH352015-12-03

In my experience, the leaf wont continue to grow in the direction that it was broken, but it wont grow back out.

fretted (author)2015-06-22

1. Aloe Vera Is High in Vitamins & Minerals:

Aloe Vera contains many vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6. Aloe Vera is also one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12. Some of the 20 minerals found in Aloe vera include: calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese.

2. Aloe Vera is High in Amino Acids & Fatty Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are about 22 amino acids that are necessary for the human body and it is said that 8 of these are essential. Estimates of the amino acids found in aloe range from 18-20 amino acids, with all 8 essential amino acids. Aloe vera also includes quite an impressive range of fatty acids. Aloe contains three plant sterols, which are important fatty acids – HCL cholesterol (which lowers fats in the blood), campesterol, and B-sitosterol. All are helpful in reducing symptoms of allergies and acid indigestion. Other fatty acids include linoleic, linolenic, myristic, caprylic, oleic, palmitic, and stearic.

3. Aloe Vera is an Adaptogen

Aloe vera is a well-known adaptogen. An adaptogen is something that boosts the body’s natural ability to adapt to external changes and resist illness. It is thought that aloe’s power as an adaptogen balances the body’s system, stimulating the defense and adaptive mechanisms of the body. This allows you an increased ability to cope with stress (physical, emotional and environmental stress like pollution)

4. Aloe Helps with Digestion

Poor digestion is related to many diseases. A properly functioning digestive tract is one of the keys and foundations of health. Aloe is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract and help improve digestion. The interesting thing about taking aloe internally is that, because it is an adaptogen, it helps with either constipation or diarrhea, helping to regulate your elimination cycles in whatever way you need. It’s been a great remedy for people with problems such as irritable bowel syndrome as well as acid reflux. Aloe also helps to decrease the amount of unfriendly bacteria and in our gut keeping your healthy intestinal flora in balance. Aloe is also a vermifuge, which means it helps to rid the body of intestinal worms.

5. Aloe Helps in Detoxification

Aloe Vera is a gelatinous plant food, just like seaweeds and chia seeds. The main benefit to consuming gelatinous plant foods in your diet is that these gels move through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins along the way and get eliminated through the colon. This will help the proper elimination of waste from your body and help the detoxification of your body.

6. Aloe Alkalizes the Body

Disease cannot manifest in an alkaline environment. Most people are living and subsisting on mostly acidic foods. For great health, remember the 80/20 rule – 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acidic. Aloe vera is an alkaline forming food. It alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.

7. Cardiovascular Health

There hasn’t been a lot of studies conducted on aloe’s effect on cardiovascular health, but there has been some research to show that aloe vera extract injected into the blood, greatly multiplies the oxygen transportation and diffusion capabilities of the red blood cells. According to a study published in the 2000 issue of the British Medical Journal, beta sitosterol helps to lower cholesterol. By regulating blood pressure, improving circulation and oxidation of the blood, lowering cholesterol, and making blood less sticky, aloe vera juice may be able to help lower the risk of heart disease.

8. Aloe Helps Boost the Immune System

I think given the stresses of our daily lives, every one can use a boost to their immune systems. The polysaccharides in aloe vera juice stimulate macrophages, which are the white blood cells of your immune system that fight against viruses. Aloe is also an immune enhancer because of its high level of anti-oxidants, which help combat the unstable compounds known as free-radicals, contributing to the aging process. (Free radicals are a bi-product of life itself, it is a naturally occurring process but we can overload ourselves with unnecessary free-radicals by living an unhealthy lifestyle). Aloe is also an antipyretic which means it used to reduce or prevent fever.

9. Aloe Vera is Great for the Skin

Because of aloe’s well-known healing properties for the skin, aloe is one of the primary compounds used in the cosmetic industry. It is a known vulnerary, (meaning it helps heal wounds) and is great for applying topically to burns, abrasions, psoriasis and even to bug bites. Aloe acts as an analgesic, acting to help relieve pain of wounds. It’s feels especially good to cut a stem of aloe, place it in the fridge and rub it on sun burnt skin – the immediate soothing effect feels like an absolute lifesaver. Aloe is also an antipruritic: A substance that relieves or prevents itching. Aloe vera is an astringent: which causes the contraction of body tissues, typically used to reduce bleeding from minor abrasions. Due to aloe’s high water content (over 99% water) it is a great way to hydrate, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin and fits within my general guideline: “Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat!” Aloe increases the elasticity of the skin making it more flexible through collagen and elastin repair. Aloe is an emollient, helping to soften and soothe the skin. It helps supply oxygen to the skin cells, increasing the strength and synthesis of skin tissue and induces improved blood flow to the skin through capillary dilation.

10. Aloe vera is a: Disinfectant, Anti-biotic, Anti-microbial, Germicidal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal & Anti-viral:

Wow, I think that covers all anti- bases. Okay, I admit, that was just a sneaky way to add in another 8 good reasons why you should keep an aloe vera as a handy (to to mention beautiful) house plant and incorporate it’s uses into your healthy lifestyle. Aloe vera’s active ingredients are sulphur, lupeol, salicylic acid, cinnamic acid, urea nitrogen and phenol which are substances that prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms and act as a team to provide antimicrobial activity thus eliminating many internal and external infections, also active against bacteria. It also helps to treat fungal and viral infections.

11. Aloe Helps Reduce Inflammation

Aloe Vera contains 12 substances, including B-sisterole, which can help to slow down or inhibit inflammation. This may be able to help with painful joints due to stiffness and help improve joint flexibility.

12. Weight Loss – A Secondary effect

Improving your digestion, and detoxifying your body will have a secondary effect of promoting weight loss because when you start to improve your digestion you naturally eliminate more efficiently, which is a primary way that we all detoxify – through our bowels. This will lighten your toxic load on your body and will give you more energy.

Aloe Vera Intake Precautions

This plant is incredibly medicinal, yet there are some cautions against long-term use. Just because a little is beneficial, doesn’t mean that a lot is more beneficial. This is an incredibly potent plant and should be used with a level of respect for its potency. Long-term use can lead to loss of electrolytes, especially potassium.

Tip: Avoid taking aloe internally during pregnancy, menstruation, if you have hemorrhoids or degeneration of the liver and gall bladder.

Sussurro (author)fretted2015-09-17

To fretted: Most of these claims are false. The FDA has banned non topical uses of aloe vera in the US. Here is a link to an fda investigation of an Internet company making similar claims illegally.

And here's a link for anyone that would like to study the benefits and risks of aloe vera for themselves:

To the OP: thank you for this post, I love my aloe plants and look forward to expanding my collection!

ArthurMaurice (author)Sussurro2015-10-10

Please don't take any statements by the FDA as gospel, find out for yourself.

NeuroLogixCEO (author)fretted2015-08-11

What is your resource for the benefits? Thanks

Gavinpop1235 (author)2015-01-04

Thanks for this it helps alot i have a aloe plant but the pets ate it so i only have a leaf left

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-19

I love this. Thank you


craftclarity (author)2014-05-30

I have an avowed black thumb....and I bet even *I* could do this. Thanks for posting this!

doodlecraft (author)2014-05-29

Awesome, I really feel like I could do it after reading this...even though I usually avoid living things. Haha, thank you!

rose129 (author)doodlecraft2014-05-29

Nice.. I have also tried it.

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