Aloe Vera, often called the First Aid plant, is excellent for burns and cuts, thus, it eases pain and assists healing by providing a natural bandage. It’s an antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-fungal, and its antibacterial properties keep germs at bay, while healing naturally, the way Nature/God intended.
Ancient Egyptian stone carvings from 6,000 years ago, depict pictures of Aloe reflecting its significance as “the plant of immortality.” Cleopatra is reported to have used it in her daily beauty regimen, and its efficacy in beauty treatments has been studied extensively.
Aloe Vera – Nature’s First Aid Plant
Aloe, was once popular in medicine in America during the 1880’s, however, like other natural medicines and herbal healing, its popularity waned with the gradual dominance and takeover of allopathic medicine. The Flexnor Report was the tool by which a group of men used the American Medical Association to dominate Western medicine with Big Pharma drugs. As our effective healing medicines disappeared the incidence of chronic disease skyrocketed.
Health Benefits of Aloe
While over 300 species of Aloe exist, Aloe barbadensis is most noted for its amazing healing properties. It has dozens of therapeutic uses and its efficacy well documented.
With 200 active phytonutrients or plant nutrients,12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, water and 20 minerals, this plant tops the list with its plethora of health benefits.
Skin conditions such as dry skin, eczema and psoriasis, when applied topically in a cream or gel may be soothed by aloe according to Dr. Julian Whitaker, M.D.
Joseph Mercola M.D., states Aloe contains several immune system-boosting, laxative and moisturizing ingredients that make Aloe vera anti-inflammatory and important for fast wound healing.
GreenMedinfo lists nearly 100 studies demonstrating the efficacy of aloe. Diseases ranging from diabetes to tumors.
Blood sugar stabilizer
Skincare: relieves and heals sunburn, moisturizes skin, helps wounds and burns heal quickly and reduces discomfort and pain
Boost immune system, helpful in treating cancer
Digestive Symptoms: regulate bowel movements, relief from ulcers, celiac disease and Crohn’s
How to Grow and Use Aloe for Natural Healing
Aloe is easy to grow provided you have a sunny window with 4 hrs. or more of sun or bright light each day. You can purchase an inexpensive 3” potted plant or get a “baby or daughter start” from a friend.
Water your Aloe sparingly. Let dry out between waterings. Too much rain will rot it. Like most plants, it doesn’t like to “keep its feet wet.”
Rotate pot periodically if it’s sitting in a window. If you grow your Aloe outside, be certain the weather is above 60 degrees or more. Do not let too much rainfall kill it.
To treat a small burn or cut, first wash your hands, carefully slice a 2-3” piece from the end of a leaf.
Slice the Aloe open and apply the gel directly to the wound. For larger cuts, I place the gel with leaf intact over the wound and cover with a band aid or gauze. Use your common sense of course, some wounds may require stitiches!
Real Farmacy.com has a great article if you’d like to prepare a large quantity of Aloe gel for future use.
Aloe Vera Smoothies
Drinking your Aloe in a smoothie is an excellent way to receive the health benefits from this amazing miracle plant. Please see note below regarding Aloe consumption.
Gary Null, Ph.D., has a wonderful smoothie recipe containing Aloe in his book,The Joy of Juicing, He suggests that aloe protects us from viruses and bacteria, is anti-cancer and anti-parasitic with the amazing ability to repair DNA.
Ryan Carmody over at healthysmoothiehq.com has some great tips for making your own delicious Aloe vera smoothie.
Some Commercial Aloe Vera Products Found Worthless
According to the international news agency, Bloomberg, private brands of Aloe products have been tested and found to contain little or no particles of Aloe. Many commercial products often contain toxic chemicals- there are 80,000 unregulated chemicals used in consumer products in the United States- these products poison, causing more harm than good.
When choosing an Aloe vera product, be very certain you know the company has integrity and uses quality ingredients. We have carefully researched reputable companies that sell Aloe vera gel. Unfortunately,
to get 100% pure Aloe gel you’ve got to make it yourself.
Looking for a great herb growing and using guide? These are two of our favorite herbalists. They have a treasure of information to share with you. Nature’s medicine for everyday healing, for everyday life.
Craft a soothing aloe lotion after an encounter with poison ivy, make a dandelion-burdock tincture to fix sluggish digestion, and brew up some lavender-lemon balm tea to ease a stressful day. In this introductory guide, Rosemary Gladstar shows you how easy it can be to make your own herbal remedies for life’s common ailments. Gladstar profiles 33 common healing plants and includes advice on growing, harvesting, preparing, and using herbs in healing tinctures, oils, and creams. Stock your medicine cabinet full of all-natural, low-cost herbal preparations.
James A. Duke, Ph.D., delivers the lowdown on virtually every healing herb available in today's marketplace: its description and history, therapeutic uses, medicinal properties, prescription counterparts, dosage options, safety and effectiveness rating, and precautions.
Dr. Duke's inimitable folksy tone and friendly manner shine throughout The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook, making it as entertaining to read as it is practical. The most thorough and comprehensive herb reference of its kind, the handbook was culled from the thousands of entries in Dr. Duke's database of the world's medicinal plants. The database, which he began during his career as a top botanist with the USDA, is a lifelong project for Dr. Duke and has become a major reference resource for herbalists worldwide.
And Its Fruit Shall Be for Food and Its Leaf for Medicine
Note regarding internal consumption: Aloe is powerful plant medicine. You do not need to eat a lot of it to benefit from its healing properties. Consult your functional medicine doctor before taking any new plant medicine.
DISCLAIMER: Please remember these treatments options are only meant as guidelines and should not replace the advice or treatment provided by your holistic health practitioner. It is always good to seek the advice of your functional medicine doctor, homeopath, naturopath, or herbalist for professional advice in any matter related to your health. This article is for information purposes only.
Realfarmacy.com - What Aloe Vera Does to Your Body
Aloe Vera Gel Research Review - Natural Medicine Journal – An overview of aloe’s clinical uses
Bloomberg- No evidence of aloe vera found in products at…
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