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The Healing Miracle that is Aloe Vera
Enjoy the Healing Qualities of Aloe Vera - Grow Your Own Plants
The healing properties of Aloe Vera have been known for centuries and have been used around the world by many peoples for its health-giving and curative effect. Aloe Vera is a cactus-like succulent often used for its medicinal, antisceptic, healing and soothing properties. The variety that I grow is called Barbadensis Miller, and is the variety regarded to contain the best medicinal qualities.
Commercially Aloe is used as a popular base, or ingredient, in many cosmetic products, such as creams, lotions, shampoo and first-aid salves.
Beneficial properties: Soothing, cooling, moisturising and nourishing.
What benefits can I expect using the gel or juice from my Aloe plant?
Unfortunately, however convinced I am personally of the efficacy of Aloe Vera juice and gel, I have to use terms like 'possible' and 'may' to describe the potential benefits. I hope that possibly, maybe, your experience will be as positive as mine.
1. May help to speed up healing times for skin damage, burns, cuts and abrasions.
2. May help sooth skin injured by burns, irritations, cuts and insect bites.
3. May have an antiseptic effect against fungus and bacteria.
5. May help to soften, moisturise and sooth irritated, hard or dry skin.
6. May help relieve itching and swelling of irritated skin.
7. May have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobil and antifungal properties.
8. May be useful when applied or taken as a pain reliever.
9. May help to reduce stretch marks and scars.
How to use your Aloe Vera leaves and gel.
You can store unused leaf in the fridge, wrapped in clingfilm. In fact, if you have a large leaf, making 1cm slices at each use will give you a gel source for many weeks. As the cut end will seal itself ready for next time, any medicinal value remains high and clingfilm helps keep the leaf fresh.
Do you have any growing tips for Aloe Vera?
Yes I do, but as my priority here is to show how Aloe Vera can be used for healing, there is little extra room for growing tips. But rest assured, your plant will come with all the information you need to grow it successfully, and instructions on how to use the juice/gel successfully, in the information sheet supplied.
Organically grown Aloe Vera plant.
Important note: My plants are not Soil Association Certified, but I have been growing my own Aloe Vera plants for over 10 years. All new plants sold form as 'buddies' or 'pups' off the parent plant, and some buddies are grown on to become new parent plants. They are planted in soil dug from the garden, which in the 20 years of my tenure, have not had any artificial fertilizer applied (I make my own compost for the veggie plot from garden leaves, grass, bonfire ash and kitchen waste), nor any pesticides applied to plants. I do not use fertilizer because each new generation is repotted with fresh soil, and regular repotting means the plant soil doesn't become exhausted before replacement. In my honest appraisal, this to me means 'organic'.
The natural solution from nature.
So many medications in modern times are really expensive or have the potential for serious side effects. It's no wonder many of us are looking for natural alternatives that give the hope of accelerated healing.
Aloe Vera has been called 'nature's first aid kit', it is useful for THAT many things. Conditions like abrasions, acne, bites, boils, burns, cracked skin, cuts and scratches, dandruff, denture sores, dermatitis, dry skin, eczema, insect bites, itching, rashes, psoriasis, scars, scrapes, stings, sunburn, warts and wrinkles, to name only a few.
For this very reason, I always have an Aloe plant close by. You never know when you are going to need it. It is true, that many years ago, when anything went wrong, I would reach for the medical kit, which had a plethora of creams and potions in it. I would select whichever tube was appropriate for the problem at hand, and apply creams and plasters galore. And, in a way, there's nothing wrong with that.
But that's the difference between man-made and nature-made. Man-made is one product for one job, another for another, and so on. Nature likes to keep things simple. One plant for just about everything. Isn't that so like nature?
Up to now we've talked about external uses, but besides restoring skin tissue, Aloe Vera boasts some impressive internal health benefits too. To the sceptic, I have little sympathy, as nowadays almost everyone will know someone who has benefited from the healing properties of Aloe Vera, even if we're not allowed to say so officially in the West, for fear of upsetting big pharma. But it's worth remembering, two-thirds of the worlds population can't afford expensive drugs and so are routinely treated with herbs and plants, that not only work effectively, but are known to be equal to, and in some cases superior to, synthetically produced medicines.
Aloe Vera is now known to be very effective in treating acid reflux, to improve brain function, to lower cholesterol, and to help diabetics control their blood sugar. It is helpful in a variety of digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and possess soothing properties that help conditions that promote inflammation and over-acidity. In general, the joints and muscles benefit from Aloe's anti-inflammatory properties, as does the immune system, not in the least because of the 200 or so nutritional compounds that the body needs to be fit and healthy.
How will I receive my plant?
Your Aloe Vera will be shipped dry root (meaning no soil as in the picture opposite), which is common practice with these types of plants and will need potting up in normal or grit based compost as soon as you can. Aloe Vera is succulent of leaf and used to having dry roots occasionally, so will not harm in any way during its time in the postal system.
Your plant will be wrapped in clingfilm, then in a cardboard sleeve and finally in a jiffy envelope. It will also be accompanied by a growing tips leaflet to help you successfully raise your plant with no setbacks.
If your purchase comes through on Thursday to Saturday, I will delay posting until Monday, to reduce the chance of your plant sitting in the sorting office for the weekend.
Please contact me prior to purchasing if you have any questions.
Now that I'm 50+ I find that any cut or scratch takes longer to heal than it used too. I'm sure that is age and collogen related, as when I was young, my own healing ability was just incredible! Cut one day, scab the next day, fallen off overnight and gone the next day, it really was that quick. So now that recovery takes a little longer I was mightily glad to have discovered Aloe Vera, introduced to me by a good friend, who was really trying to sell me some juice and gels in fancy pots and packaging.
I wasn't having any of it, but I did listen to the speel about what Aloe Vera juice and gel can do to speed up healing, both internally and externally. That was when I decided to buy my own plant and do it myself, as it were. I'm sure my friend had my best interests at heart, but as pure as these products are, in order to make them 'safe' for public use, they are prepared from an extract, boiled to within an inch of their life, filtered and sterilized until there is very little goodness left in it, and sold as 'pure' product. The 'pure' is to do with the process of preparation, not the plant. That's just my view, but nobody has so far shown me any different.
Sorry, I digress. Have you noticed how straight cuts, like a blade, usually heal fairly rapidly, but jagged cuts, like that inflicted by a thorn, can take much longer to heal? I'm sure a straight cut allows the cells to return to the ones they were next too in the first place and so they get right back to sealing over the wound and renewing the blood supply. On a jagged cut, it's like pulling a plough through the dirt, the tearing and trauma drag cells, nerve ending and blood capillaries out of place, so that the damage is over a much wider area, with some even being displaced. This means the body has to recreate what is now destroyed beyond repair, and therefore, your average jagged cut takes much longer to heal.
Remember these are jagged injuries caused by a thorn, and the blister is from pruning bushes. The nature of both these injuries means they would normally take nearly 2 weeks to heal in most people. This result is in only 5 days, just about half the normal time. There is still a little healing to go, but this reinforces my belief in the healing properties of Aloe.
I always suggest that you consult with your GP before applying any new product to your skin, or ingesting any liquid that you don't know the properties of. It may be just possible that they have a good reason for you not to proceed, such as potential clashes with your current medication. But normally, there is no reason for you not to continue and most enlightened doctors will be happy that you are looking for ways to help yourself.
I've been using Aloe Vera for years. I'm so convinced of its efficacy that it is my first port of call now, not the second. But I'm not saying this to encourage you to make any changes in your response to injury or disease, you must continue to do what you feel is right. I only offer that aloe vera may be an alternative that you can try alongside your current medication or treatment plan. If you find that you are achieving a faster, better result, over time, then this may be enough to convince you to allow aloe vera to play a larger part in your healing plan. But please do this gradually, so that you feel it is the right thing for you, based on your own experience and conviction. I look forward to sending you your aloe vera plant very soon. Best wishes, Phil.
NEW! Aloe for use on burns. A burn to the hand healed in less than a week! My wife (Jill) burned her hand on a saucepan handle and scalded it quite badly. Luckily her reflexes were quick and she let go immediately, however, not before she grasped the handle to pick up the pan. She thought she had turned off the gas ring but a tiny flame was still burning and the pan on the back ring had it's handle over the near invisible flame.
We put her hand under running cold water for 20mins and then placed it on an ice pack used for sports injuries. We moved back and forth from ice to cold water for nearly an hour. During each drying time I applied lavender essential oil directly to the burn, lots of it. We did this until the burning sensation came out of the skin, but 3 white blisters appeared along the top of her forefinger.
Following this treatment, she applied aloe to her skin, directly from the leaves of several aloe plants over the next few days. This instantly reduced the burning sensation and calmed the stiffness of the skin which is trying to solidify due to the damage. Each time the aloe dried on her hand she would apply more and so was gently applying aloe gel every half hour or so. The crazing normally associated with a skin burn started to show but soon disappeared.
At night she would smear a large volume of aloe gel all over her hand and then we placed a sock over the hand so she could sleep and the aloe continue to work during the night. No other preparations were used at all besides the original lavender and aloe gel.
These photographs show the progress of repair to the skin of Jill's hand over the course of only 7 days. A wonderful result, I think you will agree. Please be aware though, you may possibly not get equally rapid results; it will depend on the severity and depth of the burn, and whether your skin is broken. Please have an emergency plan in place, as we did, so that you can react and take action straight away. As with all these things, timing is everything.
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