I walked into a pharmacy at Avondale and found this:
I haven’t used Aloe Vera Juice or gel (although I have the plant in my garden), so I decided that I would find out what I can use it for and how my hair would take to it.
What is it
Aloe Vera is a plant that originated in North Africa and has been used historically as far back as 6000 years ago in Egypt where the plant was depicted in stone carvings. It is a legendary healing plant used historically by the North Africans, Greeks and Native Americans. The aloe leaves contain a clear gel that is often used topically (externally on the skin, scalp and hair). The green part that surrounds the gel can be used to produce a juice or a dried substance (called a latex) that is taken orally (by mouth). It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. The plant is so healing that scientists are looking at its potential to be a HIV/AIDS and cancer fighter. Due to its healing properties, it is often found in cosmetic and hair products.
The Chinese call it ‘the harmonious remedy’, the Egyptians ‘the herb of immortality’ and the Russians ‘the elixir of youth’. It’s also mentioned in the Bible in John 19:39 -40: He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.
What is it used for?
It’s two main uses are for burns and to soothe the stomach lining, as in the treatment of ulcers. Raw or processed aloe vera can be used, but it’s more common for processed aloe vera to be used as an internal remedy (as a drink) and the raw plant to be used directly on the skin. As for all home remedies, it’s recommended to consult your doctor beforehand.
Aloe Vera can be used directly on the skin to soothe burns, as a general skin moisturiser especially for dry skin, for acne, bruises, insect bites, rashes, psoriasis and sunburns.
How can it be used topically?
To use raw aloe vera on the skin from the plant:
1. Break or cut off about 2 inches from the tip.
2. With a sharp knife, cut through the thick, green bark and you will see a gel-like, clear substance. The plant will continue to grow out new shoots.
3. Then rub that clear substance on the affected part of the skin. Keep the leaf section in a sealed bag in the fridge for repeated use.
As a juice, just apply it directly to the skin.
Side effects and warnings from topical use
Aloe Vera used topically is not associated with any significant side effects.
Aloe Vera is used as a traditional (home) remedy for a variety of conditions like diabetes, osteoarthritis, asthma and epilepsy. It is also used as a laxative; for soothing ulcers, hemorrhoids, aiding in cholesterol reduction, inflammation reduction, easing of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms, aiding of digestion and colon problems.
How can it be used internally?
Find a commercial, certified organic juice and drink it either on its own or mix it with water or juice to make the taste better.
Side effects and warnings from internal use
• Abdominal cramps and diarrhoea has been associated with oral use of aloe vera.
• Diarrhoea caused by the laxative use of aloe vera, can reduce the absorption of many drugs.
• For people who are diabetic and use glucose lowering medication should take aloe vera orally cautiously, because studies suggest it may lower blood glucose levels.
Some remedies (other than for hair)
1. Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor to alleviate asthma
2. Mix two tbsp of aloe vera, two tbsp of organic brown sugar and one tbsp of organic lemon juice to use a skin exfoliator
3. Apply directly to skin to decrease dark spots and pigmentation
4. Apply directly to skin to shrink warts, to rid rosacea and eczema
5. Mix some aloe gel and vitamin E oil to make a homemade burn healer.