Posted : 8/17/2006 11:23:28 PM
WAndering Jew is way more common than you'd think -- VERY often found as a hanging basket (I'd betcha SOMEONE at work has it sitting on their desk!!) -- smallish leaf that comes to a point it's 'varigated' (lengthwise stripes) pale greenish white and kelly green. Grows fast -- often used all over the place up north as an indoor hanging plant. Down South it's used outside all over the place and there are a ton of varieties of it.
Here are a FEW:
Night-blooming jasmine you won't find as often up there. Poison ivy usually is the contact allergen that bothers *humans* the most. But since dogs spend their time on the ground nosing thru everything there are probably more dog contact allergens than human ones simply because we don't spend our days laying on our bellies in the grass!
You can get aloe as a plant -- it's succulent (cactus type plant) -- and the 'leaves' are thick and almost look 'inflated' -- [linkhttp://www.fotosearch.com/IMP140/aloe-plant/]http://www.fotosearch.com/IMP140/aloe-plant/[/link]
You can get them at nurseries and often if you just call a florist they can get one for you. Aloe is the stuff they often use on burns.
You cut one of those 'leaves' off and lay a piece of Saran Wrap down on your table. With a paring knife you cut off the edges just to remove the spines (prickers). Then slice down top to bottom the flat way so you have two 'flat' pieces of gooey leaf and lay them on the Saran.
With a table knife begin to scrape the goo away-- the entire inside of the leaf will turn to mush and scrape it away from the skin and throw the skin away. Pick up the piece of Saran and just squeeze the whole messy gooey lot into a small jar -- apply liberaly and refrigerate leftovers.
Incredible healing properties. BIG inflammation reliever.