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Agave General Information
Agave is a succulent perennial with large rosettes of sharply-toothed leaves that can reach six feet in height. Native American legend says the plant lives for hundreds of years before it flowers, which is why it is named Century Plant, although the number of years before flowering occures, depends on the vigor of the individual plant, the richness of the soil and the climate. During these years the plant is storing in its fleshy leaves the nourishment required for the effort of flowering. Although the Century Plant doesn't really take a century to bloom, it does take 10 years or so in warm regions and as much as 60 years in colder climates. This plant dies after blooming (a condition called monocarpic), but produces offsets or "pups" throughout its life and these remain to continue the lineage. The Aztec and Mayan Indians used the sap of Agave with egg whites to bind powders and gums in pastes and poultices for use on wounds. The Aztecs also used it for diarrhea and dysentery. Agave is a close relative to aloe vera and each can be used as a substitute for the other when the need arises. Agave americana and other species this is used by the Mexicans to make their national beverage, pulque. The flower shoot is cut out and the sap collected and subsequently fermented. By distillation a spirit called mescal is prepared. This is one of the most well-known forms of mescal, it is tequila, but has also been used as a source of medicine. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, diuretic, laxative, and restorative properties. The Native Americans of Mexico used the Agave to make pens, nails and needles, as well as string to sew and make weavings. In India the plant is extensively used for hedges along the railroads.

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Where and How Agave is Grown
The Agave plant requires a very well-drained soil, slighty acidic, sandy or gravely soil, and a sunny position. The Agave is not very hardy in Britain, but it succeeds on the South Coast of England from Torbay Westwards. Though these plants love the sun and the warmth, they will survive in a colder climate. The original habitat for this plant is unknown. It does grow wild in Mexico on clutivated land and in pine woods. The Century Plant occurs naturally in arid areas of Mexico. Century Plants are often used for fencing in Mexico and Central America. A dense hedge of these spiny succulents is impermeable to cattle and people. As an ornamental, Century Plant usually is grown in rock gardens, in cactus and succulent gardens, in Mediterranean style landscapes, in borders, or as a specimen. It tends to take over the landscape where ever it is grown. This plant is only watered in summer, do not water in cold winter time. Agave has escaped the cultivation/tilling and become established in the Mediterranean region of Africa and Europe.

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Agave Uses & Scientific Evidence For
The demulcent properties of Agave help protect the mucous membranes and encourage healing. This plant is used to treat ulcers, check the growth of putrefactive (the decomposition of organic matter) bacteria in the stomach and intestines, and other inflammatory ailments of the intestines, stomach, and mouth. It also works well in treating eye inflammations, bronchitis, arthritis, and heavy menstrual flow. Poultices of Agave can be used to treat skin infections and inflammations. The juice can be applied directly to cuts, sores, and wounds to aid in healing. This juice can also help when taken internally for indigestion, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, jaundice and dysentery. Steroid hormone precursors are obtained from the leaves. The sap of the Century plant is used as a diurectic and a laxative. A gum from the root and leaf is used in the treatment of toothache. The root can also be used in the treatment of syphilis.

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Agave Dosage Information
Agave comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For best results, read and follow product label directions. If unsure please contact your Doctor/Health Care Professional for more information.

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Agave Safety & Interaction Information
Agave is generally regarded as safe for consumption and for use as a medicine; however, exceeding the recommended doses of this plant can cause stomach upset. Exceeding the recommended doses for a prolonged period can lead to liver damage. For those with sensitive skin, using Agave topically can cause irritation. Do not use Agave internally if you are pregnant. If you come in contact with the plant, contact with the fresh sap can cause dermatitis in sensitive people, wearing rubber gloves can be usefull in handling the plant.

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