by Taetske | 12:32 pm
(Last Updated On: February 28, 2019)

 

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.

 

Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera Plant

 

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.

 

Aloe Vera Gel from a cut leaf

Aloe Vera Gel from a cut Leaf

 

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.

 

Conclusion

Whenever possible use the products Mother Nature supplies us with. Most of the time you are better of using this instead of chemical things.

 

Source: Forever Living Products

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

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Comments

Miqa

Hi Taetske,
I also love the Aloe vera plant. 🙂 I have read your post and good that the gel worked so well on your wound when you had your bad fall.
I have always had a plant in my kitchen which I have used occasionally when ever needed. The best thing is that it is all natural.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge about this amazing plant.
Marika

Sep 16.2017 | 05:11 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Marika,

    Thank you for visiting my website. I also have various plants in pots outside and a few planted in the garden. Here in the south of Spain the weather is so mild that they are happy in nature. I am interested in all that is natural and live in a 180 year old farm where I do everything ” green “All the best and hope to see you again.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 16.2017 | 07:23 pm

Jack Taylor

Hello Taetske,

I really like your website! My father is a South American Indian from Chile and believes in a lot his native healing traditions.

I saved your website to my favorites and I sent my dad a link to this page. I’m 100% sure he is aware how powerful Aloe Vera is. I’m sure he’d love to read the article.

Best wishes,

Jack

Oct 15.2017 | 06:45 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Jack,

    Thank you for your visit. I firmly believe we can find all we need in Nature, Mother Earth provides for it. Modern medicine often stumbles blindly and chemicals are given to the people which cause more harm than good.
    Do tell you father to click on the banner of Sacred Science which I have in the side bar. A very interesting documentary of healers in the Amazon. You can watch for free. Thank you for your comment and I hope to see you again.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 15.2017 | 07:30 am

Roy

Fascinating information on the aloe. Used all those years ago by different people in different places all over the early world.
Also enjoy that you have first hand experience and loved the story you told about it’s healing abilities.

You have wet my appetite and I now want to find out more about the product.

have always believed in the medication used by the tribal people all over the world.

Nov 04.2017 | 06:04 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Roy,

    Thank you for reading my post. Mother nature is amazing as all we need she will provide freely. That is the reason we should take better care of her otherwise we ruin the gifts she gives us. We would do well to look what tribal people do to stay healthy, more often than not their choice is the healthier one.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 04.2017 | 06:17 pm

Hung

Aloe Vera is such a great plant! My mom uses it so much. She grows her own and make drinks out of it.

There’s so many uses to it too. Great job on the detailed information on this plant, more people should know it’s uses!

I wonder who was the first person that dared to try out this gel-like plant and discovered it’s versatility!

Feb 19.2018 | 10:52 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Hung,

    Thank you for reading my post and commenting on Aloe Vera. It really is a miraculous plant and everybody should have it in their garden if the climate permits.Good that your Mother also uses it. I have also been drinking Aloe Vera juice which is very healthy. The gel is also very good to treat skin issues animals might have. If they lick it it does not harm them. I really have no idea who was or were the first person/people to use this plant. As Aloe Vera has been used thruout history it is difficult to know.

    Regards, Taetske

    Feb 19.2018 | 02:22 pm

Md moinul Islam

Hi,

During our daily works we sometimes burn our hands, due to tiredness acne occurs on our face, high blood pressure etc. I was worried about these problems as I did not know the solutions for these. I didn’t know that Aloe Vera is so helpful for these three problems and for more. My eyes are opened now . From now onwards I’ll use it for such problems. 

Thanks for sharing

Mar 08.2019 | 06:53 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    The Aloe Vera plant is a must-have in the garden or in a flowerpot on your balcony. This plant has helped me many times in my life.

    Regards, Taetske 

    Mar 08.2019 | 02:59 pm

Louis

The wonders of nature’s herbs cannot be overlooked. Most times, nature has a solution to  health problems we encounter

Aloe Vera is a very potent plant. I’ve used Aloe Vera for a long time. I used it for detoxifying and I also use it to disinfect my children’s wounds. Do you know I also have a mixture of aloe vera, honey and some other local ingredients I use as my body lotion? It has been an effective plant for me

Mar 08.2019 | 06:55 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Louis,

    Thank you for your comment. Nice to see you again.

    Mother Nature will nearly always have a solution to our ailments. To think that perhaps only 10% has been discovered by scientists. This is especially true for the Amazon Rainforest. Instead of destroying it we should study and learn. Good to hear this plant has been so useful to you and your family.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 08.2019 | 03:06 pm

Adamu2

Thanks for writing out this lovely article and I must say it is a must for everyone to read and digest. Aloe Vera is a natural plant that does amazing things. I came across its gel and it really works for my constipation. I also apply its cream on my body. Your article has given me the insight to plant it in my compound. Thanks for this information. 

Mar 08.2019 | 07:01 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Adamu,

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    That is a good idea to have an Aloe Vera plant in your compound. It likes sun and not too much water. If all goes well you will get baby plants which you can separate from the mother plant. Like that you will soon have a nice collection.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 08.2019 | 03:14 pm

ajibola40

Great reading this article on Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera has a calming effect on the skin and has been shown to help reduce itchiness and inflammation and so many other things  Aloe Vera can be used for. There are some other names it is being called apart from Aloe Vera which are medical aloe, burn plant, lily of the desert, and elephant’s gall. As you suggested it is good to use the natural and fresh Aloe Vera gel.

Mar 08.2019 | 07:08 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Ajibola,

    The natural gel taken from the Aloe Vera plant is the best. So, the best thing is to have a pant at home when there is a need. Nice you told me about the different names it has some of which I did not know.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 08.2019 | 03:29 pm

Jay

Most things mother nature gives to us for use towards our health is always better than the artificial produce which has chemicals in it. A lot of the time plants are been used as healing powers towards a lot of ailment but a lot of people don’t really realize this and actually prefer the drugs gotten from a pharmacist. 

I am not saying going to a doctor is wrong but what I mean is that we need to have a little faith on what God has placed there for you and me to use. Aloe Vera is one of those plants that have healing powers and it can do wonders to the body.

It has properties that can accelerate the healing rates of an injury making us recover fast without depending on the drug we get from the chemist.

Mar 08.2019 | 07:47 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Jay,

    Thank you for your comment on my website. Nice to see you again.

    I fully agree with you. I prefer to find a natural solution instead of going to a doctor and get something chemical. Mother Nature provides for most of our needs. We have turned away from nature and look at the general health of the people. It has not improved, rather the contrary.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 08.2019 | 03:43 pm

rmjia

Hi, Taetske. Very interesting history on Aloe Vera which I did not known. My parents planted them in their garden. They made juices out of them and it is one of my favorite homemade drinks. I am curious if there are old scars, can Aloe Vera still heal them? Will be glad to hear your thoughts on this. Thank you!

Mar 08.2019 | 08:01 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Rmjia,

    Thank you for commenting on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    I only have experienced the Aloe Vera healing properties on wounds but not on old scars. I think it might improve the overall aspect of the skin but do not think it will take the scar away. Anyhow, you do not lose anything trying. Put some gel morning and evening like for 1 month and see what happens. Tell me if it is successful.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 08.2019 | 03:48 pm

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