Here is yet another plant that does well in Aquaponics flood and drain media based systems.
I planted this group of Aloe Vera around 9 months ago as small suckers I obtained from a neighbour. Several visitors and friends have told me that Aloe Vera will not do well in Aquaponics because it is a plant from arid regions.
Aloe Vera is believed to have originated in the southern half of the Arabian peninsula, Northern Africa, the Canary islands and Cape Verde.
Aloe Vera grows in arid climates and is widely distributed in Africa, India and other arid areas.
Aloe Vera is frequently used in herbal medicine. Many scientific studies of the use of Aloe Vera have been undertaken, some of them conflicting. Despite these limitations, there is some good evidence that Aloe Vera extracts may be useful in the treatment of wound and burn healing, minor skin infections, Sebaceous cyst, diabetes and elevated blood lipids in humans. These positive effects are thought to be due to the presence of compounds such as polysaccharides, mannans, anthraquinones and lectins.
Aloe Vera as a refreshing drink is widely available in supermarkets and health food stores.
Aloe Vera is particularly good for the immediate treatment of burns.
Aloe Vera juice is used for consumption and relief of digestive issues such as heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome. It is common practice for cosmetic companies to add the gel like sap or other derivatives from Aloe Vera to products such as makeup, tissues, moisturizers, soaps, sunscreens, and shampoos.
Other uses for extracts of Aloe Vera include use as fresh food preservative.
Those interested in natural medicine have good reason to grow your own very healthy Aloe Vera, at home in your Aquaponics System.
Imagine having your very own Aloe Vera plant available at any time.
Yet another plant that does extremely well in media based Aquaponics Systems.