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Aloe Vera

My family and I use aloe everyday on our skin and hair.  We make a weekly aloe vera infused fruit juice to cleanse internally. We have found that Aloe Vera is great for skin eruptions caused by eczema and scratching, aftershave to prevent bumps, acne, dark spots, rashes, burns, blisters, diaper rash, as deodorant for small children not old enough to use actual deodorant, boils, hair bumps, cuticle soother, hair gel that is moisturizing, mucous reduction and so much more. It replaces hair products, itch and healing creams, and other expensive toxic products. We like to keep it green.

Aloe Vera Inner Gel Uses:

Facial cleanser: rosewater, and a few drops of jojoba oil in a food processor. Keep it in the fridge!

Nourish your skin: Aloe vera is extremely nutrient-rich: it has 18 amino acids, B vitamins 1, 2, and 6, vitamin C, niacinamide, choline and the minerals calcium, iron, lecithin, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc.

Organic sugar scrub: 2 tbsp. aloe vera 2 tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. lemon juice

Speed hair growth: Massage aloe vera into the scalp, leave in for 30 minutes and rinse.  Aloe Vera is known to stimulate the production of enzymes on your scalp which help with hair growth.

Tighten your pores: Aloe acts as astringents, rub it on your face to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.

For scars and stretch marks: Aloe vera speeds cell regeneration, rub it on scars and stretch marks to watch them fade more quickly.

Eczema or psoriasis: aloe is possibly the best moisturizer available. Rub all over irritated itchy skin for immediate relief.

Conditioner/ Detangler: blend inner leaf gel until smooth liquid, add a small amount of water and natural oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil and massage into cleansed hair and scalp. Rinse out only part of the mixture under cool water and style as usual.

HOW TO PREPARE INNER ALOE GEL

Allow this yellow sap to drain off for a few minutes by slicing off either end.

                     

 Slice the leaf into cubes as shown and use. It's helpful to cut the sides with the picks on it. Slice these cubes open and rub on affected area. Place remaining slices in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

                    

                  

Aloe vera is native to Africa and has been used by used by many different cultures including Greeks, Arabs, Egyptians and Spaniards for millennia. In 1500 B.C. Egyptians recorded use of the plant for treating burns, infections and parasites. The earliest record of Aloe vera is on a Sumerian tablet dating from 2100 BC.


Aloe vera is one of the most vitamin and mineral packed nutrition drinks around. Aloe vera contains about 96% water, 18 amino acids, vitamins including vitamin B-1, vitamin B-2, vitamin C, niacinamide, vitamin B-6, choline, essential oil, calcium, chlorine, sodium, potassium, manganese, monosaccharides and polysaccharides including uronic acid, mannose and glucose. Aloe vera also contains aloin (barbaloin), ethereal oil, isobarbaloin, emodin glucoside of d-Arabinose, emodin, resitannol, ester of cinnamic acid and cinnamic acid.

Aloin (barbaloin) is an unwanted, harsh, irritant, bitter tasting, laxative contained in the yellow sap of Aloe, which is removed during processing. Aloin has strong laxative properties.

Cinnamic acid is an odorless white crystalline acid. It has a floral aroma, is found in the essential oil of cinnamon and in shea butter. Cinnamic acid is used in flavours, synthetic indigo, pharmaceuticals, and to manufacture esters for the perfume industry.

Emodin is an orange crystalline compound obtained from rhubarb and other plants and used as a laxative. Emodin belongs to a family of compounds called anthraquinones, which have shown anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects.

Mannose is a monosaccharide, C6H12O6. The word mannose is from Manna, the food the Israelites ate in the desert in the book of Exodus. D-mannose, this form is used as a remedy for urinary tract infections.

Aloe vera is a rather amazing plant because fresh Aloe vera gel heals  like magic.

The gel has been used topically for thousands of years throughout the world to treat wounds, skin infections, burns, and numerous other dermatologic conditions. There are very few places where it has not been used.

The Benefits to Skin.
Aloe vera is well known as the supreme skin care regimen. It can aid in keeping the skin supple, and is used in the control of acne and eczema. It has a moisturizing effect and is a common remedy for sunburn due to insect bites and allergies. Aloe's healing power comes from increasing the availability of oxygen and strengthen the skin. Pamper your skin with a little fresh gel everyday. 

Intestinal Health: Many traditional liquid health treatments are made from a base of Aloe vera juice with other herbs included. Drinking the juice and gel is widely endorsed by herbalist for soothing digestive tract irritations and general gastrointestinal health. It is also used to alkalize the digestive juices to prevent over acidity. It is said to cleanse the digestive tract and create a soothing, balancing effect.

Suggestions for Use.
 Add the juice  to orange or grape juice, an organic banana and a little ice and blend in a blender. If your stress is casing you digestive trouble add a spoon of Slippery Elm to the blend. If you have intestinal pain or menstrual troubles make a Yarrow tea and add this to the mixture.

To make a salve, remove the thin outer skin and blend the leaves in a blender, add lemon juice to each cup and a tablespoon of honey to help preserve. It is best to use fresh but you can store it in your refrigerator for a couple weeks. This salve is great for skin. 

 

 

If you would like to add the gel to a conditioner, drink, or just use as a liquid, scoop out the inside of the leaf and place in blender for a few minutes with a little lemon juice to preserve the mixture and a little water. Blend until smooth and place in refrigerator.

 Usually within 2 or 3 weeks,or when the slices are cloudy or the liquid will smells rancid, it has expired