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The Remarkable Aloe Vera Plant

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With all the talk out there in the aloe industry, what aloe vera is and what makes this healing plant so popular, is still far from the reach of so many that are trying to understand what exactly is in the plant ...that gives it it's healing power.

From the ancient Egyptians, Greek, and the Roman physicians, up to and through the discoveries made in the early twentieth century ...the question remains, what and how does this healing plant work its magic!

As can be seen, the "remarkable aloe vera plant" ingredients are in everything. It's in our soaps, it's in our shampoo, it's in our hair conditioner, it's in our shaving lathers, it's in our bath products, our face creams, our body lotions, our toothpastes, our liniments, our body powders, our cologne ...not only is it used in everything we put on our body ...but its also found its way to internal uses with dramatic medical breakthrough from A to Z.

Listed below are just a few:

  • A. Arthritis, allergies, abrasions, asthma, acne, acid indigestion, anemia.
  • B. Bad breath, burns, boils, bursitis, blisters, burses, bronchitis, bowel regularity, body cleanser, bladder infections, blood pressure.
  • C. Candida, cancer, cankers sores, cold sores, cuts, colic, cradle cap, chapped/chaffed skin and lips.
  • D. Dermatitis, dandruff, dry skin, denture sores, diaper rash, dishpan hands, dysentery, diabetes, depression, decubitous ulcers.
  • E. Edema, epidermises, Epstein-Barr virus, exanthema, eczema.
  • F. Fever blisters, fungus, feline leukemia, fungus infection.
  • G. Genital herpes, gingivitis, glaucoma gangrene, gout.
  • H. Heat rash, hemorrhoids, heartburn, herpes zoster.
  • I. Impetigo, inflamed joints, insomnia, ingrown toenails, indigestion, insect bites.
  • J. Jaundice, joints.
  • K. Kidney infection, keratosis follicularis.
  • L. Leprosy, laryngitis, lupus, liver ailments, leukemia, lupus.
  • M. Multiple sclerosis, moles, mouth ulcers, muscle cramps/strains.
  • N. Nausea of all kinds.
  • O. Onycolysis, odor control of chronic ulcers, oral disorders.
  • P. Pin worms, psoriasis, prostrates, poison ivy/oak, pancreas.
  • Q. Quality of life (enhance the immune system).
  • R. Razor burns, radiation burns, rashes.
  • S. Strains to joints and ligaments, stings, styes, seborrhea, stretch marks, sore throat, shingles, staph infections, sunburn, sciatic nerve, sickle cell disease.
  • T. Torn and bruised muscles, turf burns, tonsillitis, tendinitis, tuberculosis, tumors.
  • U. Ulcerations of all kinds, urticaria, ulcers (peptic and duodenal).
  • V. Vaginitis, venereal sores, venous stasis, varicose veins.
  • W. Wind burns, wounds of all kinds, warts.
  • X. X-ray burns.
  • Y. Yeast infections in humans and animals.
  • Z. Zoster (shingles).

Sounds like good news, doesn't it? That could be a yes and a no.

First, if all these statements are true (and they are) there is the small matter of the efficacy and quality of the aloe vera that is used. Then we have to look at the matter of how much is really real aloe, how much is water and whether or not the Aloe used has been properly stabilized.

There's that word again, stabilization!! And rightly so, it's the key word when dealing with the healing power of the plant. We will cover stabilization in an article of its own in the near future ...but in the meantime, when using an aloe product, just make sure that its been properly stabilized. Know your supplier.

Back to the plant now and clarify just what makes the aloe vera plant so effective, and why some feel there are some "secrets" about it that is still known to only a select few.

Essentially, the aloe vera plant contains two juices the tubular found next to the yellow viscous sap in the cells just beneath the think green rind of the leaf and the gel fillet, which serves as the water storage organ.

The tubules hold the yellow sap that contains what is known as the anthraquinones, mostly aloin, which is best known as a potent laxative, (seldom used in modern times).

The gel fillet of the aloe leaf actually contains about 99.5% water, and makes the liquid usable as a beverage and the primary substance of so many kinds of treatment compounds.

So, understandably, the most effective Aloe Vera compounds available today are formulated to emphasize the positive aspects of the leaf gel fillet, while minimizing the presence of aloin and other "purging" anthraquinines.

It is the continued belief that the gel (fillet) along with the rind (yellow sap) that offer the best combination of healing components. And by all means it is the successful filtration/extraction of that mix, that combination which makes for the truly remarkable healing combination.

Five unique benefits of the healing plant:

  1. Penetration ...Aloe penetrates all seven layers of the skin where most lotions, liquid substances and water will penetrate only two.
  2. Antiseptic ...aloe has six antiseptic agents, which kill bacteria, viruses and fungus.
  3. Stimulates cell growth ...stimulates the birth of new, healthy tissue at six to eight times the normal rate.
  4. Settles nerves.
  5. Cleanses, detoxifies and normalizes your metabolism.

All of this explains why across time, lay persons and physicians alike have proclaimed that this plant, aloe vera has the remarkable ability to heal, alleviate, eliminate, and even cure, a monumental list of human and animal diseases and disorders.

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What does Aloe Vera taste like ...or even look like?

A list of conditions from A to Z that Aloe Vera can help!


GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on June 06, 2010:

barryrutherford ...everyone is entitled to their opinion, but don't knock it until you have tried it.

I actually saw a man that had diabetes and an infection in his toe soak his foot daily in aloe and save the amputation of his toe. Until you have experienced the effects of this miracle plant ....don't knock it.

But remember all aloes are not equal. Don't use a weak aloe and expect dramatic results. I would not spend my time sharing this information unless I truly believed in Aloe Vera benefits.

I personally have put aloe vera on an open cut and it healed faster with out infection.

The stories go on and on best to your health!

Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2010:

maybe the effects are a bit over the top !

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on May 31, 2010:

Hello snakebaby ...thank you for your comment. I know how it is with the yellow thumbs. I am the same way. I am not good with plants.

As for using the plant directly on your face ...I have heard of using it on burns ...but I would recommend the Aloe Pure Cream that we sell from and you will see great results. It is really smooth and soothing. So answer is yes it is good for skin!!

Please come by again best to your health!!

Sabrina Yuquan Chen (陈玉泉) from Boston, MA, USA on May 29, 2010:

I used to have aloe plants, but they all died, due know, yellow thumbs :-(. When they were live, I had tried put the leaf directly on my face. Does it work as a good skin care product?

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on May 22, 2010:

Narayankishan ...yes you can mix it with water. We do it all the time ..add it to our water bottle for the day. I would say one or two ounces. I actually drink it most of the time plain two times a day. Two ounces in the morning and two ounces at night.

Thank you for coming by best to your health!

NarayanKrishna from The country of Mount Everest on May 21, 2010:

gjcody, you mentioned we can drink it. Do we drink it mixing in water? If yes what is the proportion? And how many times a day? Will it also helps for blood pressure by drinking aloe vera?.

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on February 27, 2010:

Olie not know that this to be a fact. But I am sure it gives you a lot of vitamins and minerals that will enhance your health. It all boils down to eating properly and get the proper vitamins and minerals.

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on February 27, 2010:

Goji ... way better than a band-aid ...thank you for your comment ..come by again.

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on February 27, 2010:

luxtor are totally right ...great for everything that ails you. Thanks for your comment.

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on February 20, 2010:

Strato are absolutely right ...we at Healthy Systems use stabilized Aloe Vera. That is so important.

Appreciate your comment and thank you for stopping by best to you and your health!

HerbGardeningAdvi on February 18, 2010:

aloe vera is good for everything and the good new is that it´s really easy to grow.

check my site!

GojiJuiceGoodness from Roanoke, Virginia on February 05, 2010:

Aloe vera gel for cuts, burns, etc are great. So much better than just a band-aid!

olie on January 26, 2010:

Has anyone lost any weight drinking aloe ?

kim on December 28, 2009:

i have heeps of aloe vera in my garden.. how can i use aloe vera? do i put it in a blender and drink it? or or just mix it with my veggies? thnx!

sara khan on October 24, 2009:

aloe vera is very good herb which has uncountable benefits

luxtor on October 13, 2009:

aloe vera very good for skin,hair,stomach,etc

strato on September 30, 2009:

Great informative page, everything you need to know

about aloe vera.

I just only want to remind that if we don't grow our own plants, we must be looking for stabilized aloe vera.

My best wishes for health and happiness!

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on September 25, 2009:

smackie says ...Thank you for your comment. Believe me it is very useful using aloe is only an enhancement to your life.

smackie on September 18, 2009:

great info! Thanks for sharing with us. Very useful in our day to day lives. =)

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on July 17, 2009:

frogyfish ...thank you for coming by and for your comment. Yes ..I know that the house plants have so many benefits too.  I like to have one around just because!! 

So if you can see what it can do on the outside ...there are large ....much larger aloe plants that have much more medicinal benefits to drink and they are grown south of the border of the USA.

My best to you and your health!!

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on July 17, 2009:

Thank you Kelley Eidem for coming by.

I do believe that cancer can be cured as our body is designed to heal itself. The problem is that our lifestyle does play a part in getting us sick and keeping us there. I know that it is hard to change habits that are we create for ourselves and also the ones that are passed down from our families.

I will check our your hubs too. My best to your success!

frogyfish from Central United States of America on July 11, 2009:

Very good information. Thanks for sharing it. I do grow aloe vera plants that I had started over 25 years ago but they are the tiny houseplant ones. I have used a leaf on burns several times, even tho these type are not supposed to be the real medical ones. Some amazing info here!

Kelley Eidem from Panama City, FL on July 11, 2009:

There's a book called "Cancer Can Be Cured" written by a Franciscan friar. His recipe which he learned about, is used by some of the poor people in Brazil. consists of fresh leaves from an aloe arborescens plant, raw honey, and a little alcohol blended together.

Aloe can heal a lot of things.

The best to you.

Kelley Eidem

Together we can cure cancer - one person at a time!

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on April 26, 2009:

Curious Traveller ...thank you for coming by ...I am always glad to reach out there and give this information to anyone new. That is my goal.

I hope you give the aloe a try. It is one of the oldest remedies and way under used.

My best to your health!

Curious Traveller from United Kingdom on April 23, 2009:

I (male traveller) have certainly heard of this substance on many occasions but had no idea it could be put to such wide use.

Very informative and useful Hub.

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on April 06, 2009:

Mdavies ...I have a nutrition company that a partner and I started in 1999.  It is now our 10 year anniversary.  Aloe Vera Juice is one of our flag ship products.  Just to let you know how great it is and how good it taste ...we have people that have been buying it for all of the 10 years and would not use any other kind.

Thank you for asking and thank you for stopping by ...please come by again best to your success and business too.

Mdavies from Denver Colorado - Ex New yorker on April 06, 2009:

Where do you get your Aloe Vera?

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on March 01, 2009:

Olde Cashmere....thank you for your comment. A person cannot get enough of this information about Aloe Vera. I am drinking Aloe Vera Juice as I speak to you. I drink it about 4 times a day.

It is a comfort to me. It just knows where to go to help!

Please stop by again best to your health!

Olde Cashmere on March 01, 2009:

Tons of useful information, I loved reading this article. I also enjoy utilizing and learning about Aloe Vera.

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on December 03, 2008:

Good to see you back Moon Daisy and glad to see you are drinking Aloe Vera Juice. Yes that is true ...I take Aloe Vera Juice everywhere I go. I would not leave town without it.

The most important thing I can say to people is make sure they are taking one that is all juice and no water or other things added. I know the ones at the popular department stores ...sell for 7 or 8 dollars and they are watered down. We say there is probably more aloe on the label than in the gallon jug.

But no matter ...get the aloe in you or on you and you'll be healthier for it. My best to you and your health ...please come by again.

Moon Daisy from London on December 03, 2008:

Very interesting. I've recently bought some aloe vera juice, (took me a while to get used to the taste, but now I crave it!) and I'm fascinated to read about all of the things that it can be used for. I'll be working my way through your hubs! Thanks for the information.

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on June 19, 2008:

Yes ...S Writer ...I agree ..Aloe Vera gel is super great ...most people are aware how good it is for a burn ...but do not know the benefits of the other uses it has ...and besides it can also be filtered into a drink that makes it all the better.  Sometimes people get such a bad burn that they even get an allergic reaction to it.  That is when it is also good to realize that putting it into you is a beneft.  My partner's motto is "get it into you or on you."

Thanks for the comment and stopping by.  My best to you and your health!

S Writer from USA on June 19, 2008:

I've got 99% aloe vera gelly and it feels and works great on bad sunburns!

GJCody (author) from Pittsburgh on June 06, 2008:

Chaser4 ...thank you for the comment ...I have another one ready to go ...I am glad you appreciate the information. ...and you have a great weekend.

Chaser4 on June 06, 2008:

Hey GjCody...I see you're still at it. Thanks for the information about aloe vera uses, A-Z...I'm sure many others can use the information also. Here's hoping you continue this series about the Aloe Vera plant. Looking forward to the next hub.

Have a great day.

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