Aloe Vera

Written by Judi Singleton

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Because of their popularity, Aloe vera plants are available at almost every garden shop or nursery. Unless you live in area with a very mild climate, it's best to leave your Aloe plant inrepparttar pot and place it near a window that gets a lot of sun. You can moverepparttar 146434 pot outdoors duringrepparttar 146435 summer months. Aloe vera is a succulent, and as such, stores a large quantity of water within its leaves and root system. Duringrepparttar 146436 winter months,repparttar 146437 plant will become somewhat dormant, and utilize very little moisture. During this period watering should be minimal. Allowrepparttar 146438 soil to become completely dry before givingrepparttar 146439 plant a cup or two of water. Duringrepparttar 146440 summer months,repparttar 146441 soil should be completely soaked, but then be allowed to dry again before re-watering. Aloes have a shallow, spreading root system, so when it is time to repot choose a wide planter, rather than a deep one. Use a planter with a drainage hole, or provide a 1-2 inch layer of gravel inrepparttar 146442 bottom ofrepparttar 146443 pot to ensure adequate drainage. Use a good commercial potting mix with extra perlite, granite grit, or coarse sand added. You may also use a packaged 'cacti mix' soil. Fertilize yearly, inrepparttar 146444 spring with a dilute (half strength), bloom type fertilizer (10-40-10). Aloes are propagated by removingrepparttar 146445 offsets which are produced aroundrepparttar 146446 base of mature plants, when they are a couple inches tall (or larger). They may also be grown from seed.

As torepparttar 146447 claims ofrepparttar 146448 medicinal properties ofrepparttar 146449 Aloe plant, However, recent studies have takenrepparttar 146450 folk uses of aloe and applied them in clinical studies. The results of these studies were impressive enough that aloe is a standard skin treatment for many burn victims. It is also recommended for its antiseptic properties for treating wounds, radiation burns, and many other afflictions ofrepparttar 146451 skin. It is quite likely that you will find an aloe product in your own doctor’s office, as well as your local hospital.

Studies in laboratory rats have shown that another of its uses, that of internal consumption to protect and nourishrepparttar 146452 digestive system and vital organs, is not only effective, but is showing that it can actually extendrepparttar 146453 life of lab rats ingesting aloe. Rats with aloe added to their diets show much less damage torepparttar 146454 vital organs at old age than do rats without it. Since many cultures aroundrepparttar 146455 world ingest aloe regularly, this is of particular note, and thankfully studies are ongoing. When you need to use it medicinally, just remove a lower leaf fromrepparttar 146456 plant, slice it open, and applyrepparttar 146457 gel onrepparttar 146458 affected area. The magical uses of Aloe are not easily located. It is a feminine plant, and its planet isrepparttar 146459 moon. Its element is water, and its powers are protection and luck. Aloe can be hung overrepparttar 146460 home for good luck. Carry it with you to protect yourself against evil, or to protect yourself from clumsiness.

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Cilantro For Your Health

Written by Judi Singleton

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6 fresh green Anaheim chiles (about ¾ pound) ¾ pound fresh tomatillos or 1-¼ cups drained canned tomatillos (about half of a 28-ounce can) 1 cup chicken broth 2 garlic cloves 1 cup packed fresh cilantro sprigs Preheat broiler. Arrange chiles on rack of a broiler pan and broil about 2 inches from heat, turning them frequently, until skins are blistered and charred, 8 to 12 minutes. (Alternatively, if using a gas stove, lay chiles on their sides on racks of burners and turn flames on high. Char chiles, turning them with tongs, until skins are blackened, 3 to 6 minutes.) Transfer chiles to a bowl and let stand, covered, until cool enough to handle. Wearing rubber gloves, peel chiles. Cut off tops and discard seeds and ribs. Remove husks from fresh tomatillos and rinse tomatillos under warm water to remove stickiness. In a saucepan, simmer tomatillos, broth, and garlic until tomatillos are tender, about 10 minutes if using fresh tomatillos and about 5 minutes if using canned. Add chiles to tomatillo mixture. Cool salsa slightly and in a blender pulse until coarsely chopped (use caution when blending hot liquids). Salsa may be made up to this point 2 days ahead and cooled, uncovered, before being chilled, covered. Bring salsa to room temperature or reheat before proceeding.

Just before serving, in blender pulse salsa with cilantro until cilantro is finely chopped (use caution when blending if salsa is heated) and season with salt. From Asia this one is wonderful: Lemon Grass Roasted Chicken A last minute basting with lemon grass and a cliantro paste gives this dish a zesty aroma and flavour. 1/2 cup finely chopped lemon grass (3 or 4 fresh stalks) 2 tbsp. finely chopped shallots 1 tbsp. minced garlic 1 tbsp. dried chile flakes 1 tbsp. soy sauce 1 tbsp. sugar 4 1/2 tsp. fish sauce 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1 chicken (2 to 4 lbs) 2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro 1 tbsp. vegetable oil

In a large glass bowl combine all but 2 tbsp. ofrepparttar lemon grass with shallots, garlic, chile flakes, soy sauce, sugar, fish sauce, and salt. Addrepparttar 146433 chicken, turn it to coat it inrepparttar 146434 marinade, and put some marinade beneathrepparttar 146435 skin. Pour any excess marinade intorepparttar 146436 cavity. Marinate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Bring to room temperature before cooking. Preheat oven to 350°F. Putrepparttar 146437 chicken, breast side down, on a rack in a roasting pan. Roastrepparttar 146438 chicken for 40 minutes. Turn it over and roast until nicely browned, 20 to 30 minutes. About ten minutes beforerepparttar 146439 chicken is done, combinerepparttar 146440 remaining 2 tbsp lemon grass sithrepparttar 146441 cilantro and vegetable oil, and basterepparttar 146442 chicken withrepparttar 146443 mixture. The chicken is done whenrepparttar 146444 juices run clear. Let stand for 10 minutes before carving.

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