The Natural Vitamin Supplement

aloe vera (The Natural Vitamin Supplement)

A plant given to me from a relative years ago, survived in the house and outside with little care or watering. The plant, aloe vera, was a small sprout in a small pot that I sat near the window.

Knowing that aloe vera is a moisturizer, and my family knowing my interest in survival, I had interest that quickly faded as life challenges consume my time. The plant became an afterthought, just something I may remember to water once a week. I applied no fertilizes, no special needs for the cold or the heat of the day by a window, the plant survived. The plant did so well without any attention that I had to replant it in a larger pot due to overgrowth. After the aloe vera consumed that pot over the years, I had to take half of the plant out and sat the other half outside in heat of 100 degrees 90% humidify in the Summer and the cold well below 20 degrees in the winter. Yet the outside half thrived for years just as well as the indoor version, without no watering or fertilizing on my part, just natural rain showers when they came and the natural nutrients in the potted soil. Now the outside aloe vera like the indoor version, both need to be halved again due to over growth.

The story above had to be told because my first interpretation of the plant was that it was fragile and hard to grow since the leaves were soft and full of liquid. After researching this plant this year, everything I thought I did wrong was the right thing to do with this species. It is in the category as a cacti, and succulent that requires little watering and can tolerate the heat and cold. Like in most U.S. desserts, the heat of the day can reach over 100 degrees, yet at night it can freeze. What a perfect plant for those who think they kill everything they grow.

The main reason I took the time posting this article was after I found out how nutritious this plant is, as a nutrient supplement. I always knew of the topical applications for the skin, yet inside to jell of the stem of aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, D, E, B, B-1, B-2, Choline, B12,and Folic Acid enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids. What a great additive to food, a natural vitamin. We do not need much of the plant, small quantities a day added to about any food stock. One leaf could supply the daily vitamin needs of a small family.

How we process aloe vera is all over the internet. Some say keep away from the yellow mass near the tips, others say skin the leaf like a fish. Whatever works but the side effects are nothing compared to the nutrient supplements you would need in a survival situation.

So, there is no excuse that every survivalist has a potted aloe vera sitting on their window sill. A plant that wants you to forget about it, at least most of the time while it live on and reproduces all on its own.

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