Aloe Vera, your Ally, and Friend
Aloe Vera or Aloe Barbadensis, a gift from Mother Nature.
It seems to be forgotten but Nature provides for all our needs.
In the Bible, Genesis 1:29 one can read:
God said, Behold, I have given
you every herb bearing seed,
which is upon the face of all earth,
and every tree, in which is the fruit
of a tree yielding seed;
to you, it shall be for meat.
This plant has been known for at least 4000 years and was used to heal wounds, especially for burns, rejuvenate and soften the skin and hair. It was effective in treating acne, inflammation, and bruises. If taken internally it would help constipation, stomach ulcers, arthritis and high blood pressure.
Aloe Vera documented in History
It is often called the Silent Healer and the Indians believed that all those who were touched by it would be healed. Its use goes far back in history. In India, China and Tibet it was used for eczematous skin conditions. The earliest recorded pharmaceutical use of Aloe Vera is in form of Sumerian clay tablets from around 1750 B.C. There are 2 papyrus which tell us from the use of Aloe Vera in old Egypt. One is called papyrus Smith, which is being kept in the Medical Academie in New York and the other is Papyrus Ebers, which is being kept in Leipzig in Germany, dated to 1500 BC. Men would use the gel after shaving and in the hot dry climate, women would use it for their skin. It seems that Cleopatra also used it. It was used in the embalming process of pharaohs and nobility. There are carvings on temple walls from as early as 4000 B.C.
There is a lot of documentation from Imperial Roman times. It seems that the middle and upper class would use it internally and externally and it was applied to war wounds and the injuries suffered in the arena.
Marco Polo discovered on his travels that in China be it the population and at the Imperial court there existed real admiration for its healing properties.
During the reign of the Catholic kings, Isabella and Ferdinand the Aloe Vera plant was cultivated in the south of Spain. Mahatma Gandhi who lived from 1869-1948 used to drink Aloe Vera juice frequently.
There are too many examples in history to name here but luckily at the beginning of last century scientists pick up interest and started to investigate. Not always were these experiments successful but at least investigation continued.
Stabilized Aloe Vera Gel
When one buys a product which says: Aloe Vera Gel 100% one has to be sure it is stabilized Gel as the moment the gel from a leaf in contact with the air starts to oxidize and therefore loses its properties. Also, the plant has to have the right age as when it is too young it has not grown into its full healing potential. If you have a chance keep a real plant at home. In the case of emergency only make a small cut in a leaf and use the gel that comes out. The plant has the power to heal itself. If though you need a big quantity then you have no other option to cut off an entire leaf. Open it lengthwise and then use it up completely, no good to keep a piece until the next day as it will have oxidized.
Ingredients of the Aloe Vera Plant
The gel contains a long list of ingredients, Saponins, Minerals like Calcium, Manganese, Sodium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Cinc, Crom, and some more. Also Vitamins like Beta-carotene, B1, B2, Folic Acid, C, B3, B6, B12.
Amino acids, and a lot of Enzymes.
There is one part of the leaf which has laxative properties. This part is called Aloina and should not be consumed but it has excellent properties for skin care.
Private Use also for Pets
I have used it myself for my housepets when they had a minor wound. It takes only 3 minutes for the gel to penetrate, just keep your pet from licking that spot for a while.
In 2007 I had an extremely bad fall. I have a 60 m. .long driveway from the house to the gate and this road is cemented. That summer afternoon I played golf with Cindy, a big Rothweiler Lady. 5 m. Before the gate, I threw a ball direction house and suddenly I flew through the air. Cindy who had completely overlooked me had scooped me up and sent me flying. My head, elbow, foot, but especially my knee crashed on the hard ground. Under my knee, I had a gaping hole. the size of an egg and it was also half a cm deep. I hardly dared to look. I washed it and put some gauze folded a couple of times into a square on the wound. Then I put a lot of gel and covered it again with various layers of gauze. Every time under the shower the top layer would come off and I would put gel and cover it again.
One day, more than a month later, everything just fell off and I saw a pretty, completely pink and flat scar only the size of like half an egg. Over the years you can hardly see it anymore.
I have also used it when I had problems with my gums or any kind of itch.
Source: Forever Living Products
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