I'm going to explain how to ask your aloe vera questions on this website.
You may not have noticed unless you really go reading all over my website, but I have five pages where you can ask specific questions and under certain conditions. I'll answer them there, and others may come to add their comments too. The page becomes something a like a discussion, depending on how well people participate.
There are some other details you need to pickup on. The point of this kind of page is to provide information to others on the internet. That takes some words - more than one or two lines, and there should be enough detail in your question, so that Google and other visitors can tell what in the world you are asking about. When you do that, plenty of people will come to see what your question was, and what kind of answers are coming in. If you upload a photo or two, so much the better! If you have trouble describing your sick aloe plant, or you want help to determine just which aloe type of plant is, then a photo will be like adding another 100 or 1000 words!
Sometimes I get such short questions, that I feel I need to ask the inquirer some questions to deterimine what exactly they want to know. But if they don't even give me their email and first name, I have NO means of reaching that person privately. (You do NOT have to worry that your email will be shown to the public; that is just so I can reach you to clear something up before I post your question on my website).
My instructions from SBI! (my website host) is to delete any question that is not complete enough, and they don't exactly recommend that I contact people privately, because that just makes extra work for me, but I have done that because I do want to be helpful. So sometimes, I'm afraid I've been frustrated by poorly submitted questions, and lack of contact info.
So now you know. If you have submitted a question and got no reply, and never saw it show up on the website, it is proably because I had to give up and delete it.
You might refrain from asking your question because you think, "There's no way Ruth will know the answer this problem!" True enough. I may not know, but if I post your question on a new webpage on my site, and if it has enough keywords showing so that Google can bring in visitors who are also interested in that question, the visitors will show up, and someone else in another part of the world, may provide you with the very answer you need and want!
Incidentally, if you provide an email address, the SBI! system will send you an automated notice when I post it, so you can come take a look, and it will send you an automated notice when anyone else makes a comment below your question.
Here are the five topics with Content 2.0 forms, and the page on which the form appears;
Aloe Vera FAQ - here you can ask general questions about aloe vera (Check the comments section at the bottom, many questions and comments are already there).
Aloe Vera, the Burn Plant - tell your story of using aloe vera in a crisis!
How Aloe Vera Healed - Share your story of - how aloe vera healed you or a loved one
Indentify Aloe type plants - need help to - identify an aloe type of plant?
Photos of Aloe Plants and Trees - upload photos to - get help identifying your aloe plants
Product Questions - here you are invited to - ask your questions about Forever Living Products (Lots of people put in their email here; but forget to ask their question... Should I delete them?)
How to ask good questions that get used on my site. Here's an example of a poorly worded question, and no email to reply to;
"Hi I am a first time user and is it ok to use the brown stuff on your face"
Huh? Which brown stuff? (I'm not a mind-reader, allthough sometimes I work my imagination hard to figure out what the person might mean to ask).
A far better question might be; "Hi Ruth. I'm just discovering some of the benefits of aloe vera. I've been cutting open some aloe vera leaves, and notice there is a bit of brown stuff in the gel near the green skin part. Is that part poisonous, or is it safe to put on my acne on my face? Thanks, Sylvan."
Ah-ha! Now I know what you want to know! I can give you a decent answer.
"Hi Sylvan. Glad to see that you are discovering aloe vera. There are lots of wonderful uses for the gel from the leaves of this healing
That brown strand in the edge of the gel, near the green outer skin of the leaves, is called Ambertose. It is the part of the gel that is the most powerful! It has the greatest healing properties. However, because it is so powerful some people hesitate, some are even afraid to use it. If you take it internally, you could be surprised to find you will suddenly have a strong bowel movement.
Now some folks NEED that property because their bowels are plugged up and need a good cleansing. What's more, if I had cancer or an open ulcer on my skin that didn't want to heal, I would be especially looking for that ambertose part of the gel - to get quicker healing!
I'm not a medical professional, but I would let that ambertose bleed out after cutting the leaf, if the person to get it was too weak to cope with a sudden strong bowel movement.
On the other hand, if a loved one was very sick, or had an open burn, and needed to recover quickly, I'd try to give them some of that ambertose specifically.
Thanks, Sylvan, for asking this question, as I think others would want to know this and I have not yet written about this on my website."
By the way, there is a lively conversation happening in the comments section of this question about aloe vera with purple inside
I have yet to see purple oozing out of my aloe vera plants, but I know there are 100s of kinds. I wish someone would post a photo on that page so we can see what this purple really looks like. In fact, I've just done a Google search and found some photos - but then saw beside one this comment, "You know you can spray paint ur aloes." Ah, now I can see this was done on several of the most purple plants. By their shapes hardly one or two look like true aloe vera barbadendsis. Most of them are of another aloes variety. So the mystery continues.