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Here's a number of Answers to Your Aloe Vera Quesions!
June 04, 2018
I'm discovering aloe1.com, an Aloe Vera website which deals in a particular sub-variety of the aloe barbadensis miller that has an interesting history.
A chemist, Rodney M. Stockton, discovered a new variety of aloe vera in 1941 when he got a severe sunburn in Florida. When he hunted for a remedy he was told about a plant with the name, Virgin Trinity. A Seminole Indian medicine man introduced Stockton to the plants from which he made a salve for burns, and a remedy for intestinal problems.
A botanist told him that this plant was a descendant of the aloes that Nicodemus used to embalm Jesus for burial. This led Stockton to start growing the plant, which became known for his own name, aloe barbadensis miller-stockton. He introduced his pure aloe drink in 1951, and an ointment in 1953. The pure gel in the plant kept him in excellent health until he was 96.
He had a young doctor friend, Dr. Michael Haley, who agreed to take up the care of his plants and Aloes business. Dr. Haley and his family have developed it further. However, the main one they promote is their big pails full of pure, frozen aloe vera gel that customers can use to make a rich, healthy drink by defrosting just a certain amount at a time, and blending to liquefy for a few days use at a time. Why? Because they add no preservatives. This is the pure, straight aloe vera gel.
Of course, one can order their registered, Aloe Vera Gel Health Drink and their Youth-Derm Ointment as well.
Last week I spent some hours exploring especially their collection of 30 videos that demonstrate how to use their frozen aloes and also how to care for, and harvest the plants. It is even possible to order some of their plants, but one has to be prepared to be put on a waiting list for a number of months.
Below here I have put forth a collection of questions my visitors to my site have asked, and my answers. However, I think you would enjoy learning things at the aloe1.com site too. Particularly their videos. aloe1.com/videos/
Answers to Questions My Visitors Asked
Here are some answers to questions my visitors have asked when they come to my website. My feeling is that some folks have these questions, others might well be wondering about the same things. So I will answer .... of them right here.
Question: Is aloe vera gel good for poison oak?
Answer: I have never run into poison oak myself, but I have used aloe vera gel for many skin irritations, and I understand the plant well enough that it wants to heal pretty well everything we encounter. God says in the Bible that He provided plants for our food and healing. Aloe vera has been quite thoroughly researched for it's healing properties, so I personally, would reach for my aloe vera gel first thing if anything begins to irritate my skin and cause it to itch. I take to drinking more of the aloe vera juice any time I feel my internal digestive system is a little out of whack as well.
Question: Is aloe vera what is known as the burn plant?
Answer : Yes, it is! I have a personal story of how I accidentally burned the heel of my hand on Easter Sunday at my brother's apartment. I watched the outer skin curl away like white crepe, exposing my second layer. I rushed home, cut open a chunk of a wide piece of aloe vera leaf, laid it over my burn and immediately - ah, the pain let up. I wrapped up my hand and was able to go do dishes Of course, I only used the fingers of that hand, and kept the wrapped section out of the water. If you go to my website, https://www.aloe-vera-and-handy-herbs.com/...... you can read about the even and the healing process with photos in greater detail. At the end I hold up both hands, and you cannot tell which hand got burned!
Question: why is there a burning sensation in aloe vera?
Answer: I wish your question was more detailed. Generally I do not feel any burning sensation in aloe vera. I'm trying to recall if I have ever felt a sting when I applied the aloe vera gel. When taken directly from the plant, it has only been soothing and healing. I'm wondering if you are talking about a commercial product with aloe vera on the label. If that is the case it may have had other ingredients that would react with your itch or open wound. The line of products I buy from Forever Living are more than 99% real aloe vera gel, but I have seen other products such as an aloe vera drink in the grocery store that showed only aloe vera in the single digits, like under 10% true aloe vera. Most of it was water and perhaps some preservatives ingredients. If real aloe vera should cause a sting on contact, I would guess it is attacking the ill or foreign bodies in your system which are making you sick. If the stinging continues indefinitely, naturally, stop using the aloe vera gel. But if it is just a brief experience, I would chalk it up tot healing . Note: that is my own opinion. I am not a scientist or doctor who has done lab investigations.
Question: How would you prepare aloe vera for gastritis?
Answer: One of two ways. I would slice open an aloe vera leaf, and scrape out the gel with a spoon, as I demonstrate on my site, then cut the gel up into bite size pieces and serve it up in a small cup - as I did for my Dad. He gulped it down before each meal for six weeks. When he went back to the doctor for ultra sound tests, there was no sign of his two-inch stomach ulcer! I have since discovered aloe vera juices by Forever Living, and I much prefer to open the jug I keep in the fridge, and pour myself half a small glass (2-4 oz) and drink that before bedtime. Or, if I feel I need some additional healing in my digestive tract, I will drink some several times a day.
(I like the taste, so I could gladly drink tall glasses full several times a day, but that would get a little expensive. I'm still on a budget).
Question: What color is the inside of an aloe plant?
Answer: The green leaves are full of gel, and that is nearly clear or transparent. I would say it is colourless. Now, we are referring to the common aloe vera barbadensis here in North America. The Aloes family of plants has nearly 300 to 600 different plants all over the world. I understand that in Africa there is a plant that almost the size of a bush and the colour of the leaves is a dusty pink. It is known as the aloe ferox plant, and it is 8 times as potent as our plain aloe vera. In some parts of Africa there are trees that bear clumps of leaves that look like aloe vera. There are some aloes that grow as more bluish plants, and some that are many bright colours of pinks and purples. Aloes of all kinds have been known and used around the world for hundreds of years. The Bible describes aloes as being used when wrapping the dead for burial. I suppose to preserve the body as long as possible. I have not had time to research these in depth, and I'm sure there is still lots to learn about the aloes family of plants.
If you find them growing free and wild near your home, I suggest you study up and write about them. Ask the older people in your clan or neighbourhood. They may tell you many interesting stories and facts! When you do, please write and tell me. I would be thrilled to learn from you!
Question: What is the difference between aloe ferox and aloe vera?
Answer: As mentioned above, aloe ferox is a dusty pink, with large leaves curling upward from a strong sturdy stem. The gel inside is said to be 8 times as strong as our more common aloe vera barbadensis. Someone needs to reseach that fully and find out if products can be made so they can be sold far and wide for specific problems and at specific doses. Aloe vera can be grown larger too. Forever Living has plantations in Texas and the Dominican Republic, where they grow these on farms, and when they harvest the leaves they are as long and thick as the average adult's arm! If you ask me I can give you a link to a video which shows the harvesting process and how they are skinned and the gel mixed in large containers from which their products are made to the highest, purest standards.
Question: What about the gold tooth aloe plant?
Answer: Sorry, I have no experience with that aloe plant. I have seen photos on the internet of it to know it looks similar to aloe vera with the Latin name, barbendasis(sp?) But I am not aware of studies as to the properties of the golden tooth plant.
Question: Why is my aloe vera rotting at the base?
Answer: In my experience growing them as house plants I've observed that if I overwater my aloe veras they tend to disintegrate and fall apart at the base just above the dirt. When I have neglected or failed to water them for a few weeks they recover. Sometimes the soil gets rusty looking. When that happens I know it is time to pull up the plant and put it in a fresh pot. Something unhealthy has got into the soil. That usually fixes the plant. Last fall I realized that those of my aloe vera that thrived best were in pots with good drainage holes. Those without holes at the bottom were the smaller, puny looking plants and sometimes had crumbs of rusty stuff on the soil So I transferred them all into new pots with good drainage. Over this past winter I now have plants that are almost 2 feet tall and they look very healthy!
Question: How can I save my aloe vera plant from dying?
Answer: I forgot to water my aloe vera plant in the basement bathroom for months at a time. It looked all picked over as I used it for my face when in front of the mirror. But that plant stayed green and refused to die! So if your plant is dying my first thought is that you are over-watering it, or it has something wrong with the soil it is in. Dig it up, shake off all the dirt you can from the roots and put it in a new pot with good drainage. Then only water it once a week with clean, filtered water. You should see huge improvements with time.
Question: Where can I buy aloe vera ready to eat?
Answer: Generally I say you have to learn to grow them. But I've heard from visitors to my site who say that they know of a grocery store in their area (these are people in the southern USA) - where they can buy a nice long aloe vera leaf to take home to eat. Once a leaf is cut off from the plant, it tends to dry up, so if you are lucky enough to find such a store, you would need to hurry it home, keep it in the fridge, and try to finish up the gel in a few days. Leave it too long and it will become putrid and probably not safe to eat.
I have asked at stores that sell plants why they don't carry aloe vera plants. The answer I usually get is, "Doesn't everyone have an aloe vera plant in their home?" Well, apparently not. Not enough to eat on a daily basis. Shipping plants is tricky business. But if you are up to the challenge, I would encourage you to get into the business of growing good-sized healthy plants and persuading stores like Home Depot, Walmart, etc., to carry them.
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