Aloe Vera is an amazing and versatile gift from Mother Earth. My husband bought me this small Aloe Vera plant at the beginning of this summer and I put it in this pot, meaning to transplant it all summer, and guess what I forgot about it. So the little Aloe sat on the porch in the container, it came in, all summer! But oh my, it tripled in size, or more. Definitely time to transplant and start bringing, the not so little aloe, inside for the cold season.
Aloe Vera Gel/Juice has been found to have five major characteristics:
- Pain Inhibitor
- Antimicrobial (resistance to infection)
- Astringent ( tightens tissue and restores tone)
- Biogenic Stimulator ( increase cell growth for more rapid healing)
- Scar Inhibitor (restoration of normal tissue)
Aloe Vera is of course well known for it’s ability to heal skin issues of all kinds. I use the Aloe Vera Gel and or juice when I make my, (not certified), organic lotions. We also keep a pump bottle in the refrigerator filled with organic Aloe Vera for our everyday personal use. My daughter who is twelve, soon to be thirteen, is going through the pimple/acne stage now and she started on a regimen of putting it on her face nightly, after her shower, and “WOW” I cannot believe how much it helped clear up her skin. *Note: that Aloe Vera stimulates deep layers of the skin so acne may get worse for several days before it gets better, and that is what happened for my daughter. * Note: My daughter and I use a very good neem based soap on our faces, as well as a Tea tree oil based ointment for more then a couple of years now. I use the Aloe Vera daily after my morning shower and it has faded my red lines on my cheeks and some of the general ruddiness that I am prone to. And if I get a pimple, it lessens the healing time and they fade more quickly. Aloe Vera is known for its ability to fade scars, quicken the healing time of skin wounds, helps sooth all kinds of rash issues to include psosiasis and eczematous rashes, herpes simplex 1 and 2 blisters, fungus and yeast infections, hemorrhoids and bleeding piles, aids in fading scars but with patience, applying daily and nightly for at least 6 months, and of course burns of all degrees, poison ivy and oak, stings by insects, jellyfish and stinging nettle, brown spots and again with patience applying daily and nightly. *Note: Aloe Vera can be drying for those who have a tendency to have dry skin, so use a good organic natural skin moisturizer, my daughter and I do not have an issue.
Aloe Vera can be use on all animal’s skin issues too. My horse developed a cyst mass, on his scrotum, and my husband slathered a poultice, that I made, on the area for several days. The poultice was mixed with my freshly wild harvested yarrow and organic aloe vera gel. This application really reduced the severely reddened area around the skin where the cyst was attached. It eventually burst, dried up and is healing nicely now:)
Aloe Vera Juice and gel are used internally also. I drink Aloe juice straight, with its pulp, two to three times weekly, or I add it to my kale and fruit smoothie. You can purchase Aloe Vera juice/gel flavored with other fruit in most health food stores and online stores. The effects internally are said to be useful for many digestive issues, ulcers, arthritis, sore throat, eye and ear drops, canker sores and other sores of mouth and gums, and menstrual discomfort just to name a few. The fabulous thing about Aloe Vera is that it works in so many ways, but even if it doesn’t, it does no harm:) Most of my information here is from personal experience and from the author of “The Aloe Vera Handbook”, by Max B. Skousen the Director Of Aloe Vera Research Institute. Max also recommends that the Aloe Vera leaf be applied directly, after splitting it open to expose the inner gel contents, or I recommend purchasing organic gel or juice in health food stores or online. Just know your source, and that the Aloe Vera, whether it is plant, gel or juice that you purchase, is grown and harvested with Eco-friendly considerations.
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*Note: I am not a doctor and you are strongly urged to consult with your qualified caregiver before treating yourself with any natural or other plants or products I write about. Always test first to make sure you are not allergic.The FDA has not specifically approved Aloe Vera for any ailment other than minor first aid, so it is not said that Aloe Vera is a cure for anything. For more information about Aloe Vera read The Aloe Vera Handbook By Max B. Skousen Director Aloe Vera Research Institute or search online.