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ALOE VERA, Aloe vera

Aloe Vera

Whenever we think of a burn, we should think of aloe vera.
Once I burned a couple of big blisters on my hand when I learned against my chain saw exhaust, (dumb, I know). After awhile, I came into the house and looked up my old trusty aloe plant. Well, it had been shoved back into a corner of the laundry room and it was really hurt’n for water. Some of the lower leaves were all dried up and dead. The ones that were left were pretty limber from a lack of water. I pulled the old dead dry leaves off that were around the bottom. Then I found a bottom leaf that was still in fair condition and cut a piece off the end about an inch and a half long. After cutting the spines off each side, I then split it in a half. This gave me two little pads of almost transparent gel with a green part of the outer leaf to hold onto.

My hand was start’n to hurt pretty badly by then, and the skin was red and shiny. I rubbed that little pad of aloe gel on it for a minute or two and the hurt seemed to go away, so I went back out to work. Two blisters formed but they didn’t hurt. Two days later, my hand seems to be all better. One blister peeled off but the other disappeared. It looked like the moisture went out of the blister and the skin seemed to fasten onto the flesh again. Strange, I know.
The aloe is a member of the lily family. The history of the aloe goes back more than two thousand years BC. It is mentioned a few times in the Bible. The most notable was where Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus took a hundred pounds of myrrh and aloe and with linen cloth wound them around the Lord Jesus Christ for his burial.

The aloe plant can be used in so many ways. Topically it has been used for all kind of skin disorders, such as dermatitis, eczema, impetigo, seborrhea, psoriasis and even dandruff. It is said to be helpful for mosquito and insects bites, allergies, and even poison ivy and poison oak. It is especially good for burns, no matter what degree, for wind burn, razor burn, sunburn, prickly heat, turf burn, radium, x-ray, or any other kind of radiation burns (it is said that the first astronauts carried aloe burn ointment into space).
 

 

Aloe is also touted to be good for shingles, herpes, zoster, sensitive moles and even skin cancer. The aloe is used in blood cleansing formulas to help prevent and overcome diseases. Aloe is also a good bowel cleanser. That is why it is used in Grandma’s herbal Super-Lax in combination with other herbs. However, if you take too much aloe by itself, it becomes a purgative.


The aloe is an excellent bitter tonic that will help the digestive system. It is said that it will help to heal a peptic ulcer. It is also a hepatic to help the liver, an emmenagogue that will help the female reproductive organs, a vermifuge to help get rid of worms and parasites, an emollient to protect the skin and heal scratches and scrapes, and an anodyne that will even help to reduce pain.
Most aloe house plants are about a foot high, but some species grow from thirty to sixty feet high with a stem or trunk about ten feet in circumference.
We could say many more great things about the aloe plant but just remember this: keep one growing in your house always. It doesn’t require much water of upkeep, and it will be a welcome friend when you need it.

 

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