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Posted by Aaaiasc (Minneapolis, Mn/usa) on 05/23/2011

I've been doing a lot of research on aloe benefits. I've found some good sites like and, but I'm wondering if you have sites you'd highly recommend?

Posted by Nancy (Brighton, Mi) on 12/21/2010


Replied by Elizabeth
Nashville, Tn
You may need to check the preservatives and other chemicals that have been added to the gel. That can cause skin irritation.
Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
True. Many popular brands, big companies, etc put alcohol or other stabilizer in their aloe vera gels so they will be quick-drying. Beware of that on the ingredients label.

Posted by Fountainflower (Chicago, Il, 60302) on 03/26/2010

[WARNING!]  I studied holistic medicine and healing for many years. After a stint of ill health and poor diet, I developed two ulcers and then GERD and was told Aloe Vera was the best cure by other professionals in the alternative healing arts. I used it for almost a year. I ended up much sicker than I should have been, with a stomach valve that refuses to close properly, malnutrition, esophageal spasms that either felt like heart problems and caused me to call an ambulance or that triggered a near fatal PSVT as I have pre-existing heart disease already.

Here's the think about Aloe. I started seeing a Chinese doctor when my life was at stake and I was bedridden in agony. The aloe is a temporary cure that makes you feel better but is only recommended for a week or two at most. Aloe has a cooling effect on your digestion. It slows your digestion, even though it has laxative properties. It metabolically cools your digestive tract, and for someone like me, who was suffering from lack of digestive fire, and the inability to digest my food properly, this made my condition life-threatening, and then the food started backing up in my stomach, thus causing the stomach valve to not close properly, thus causing MORE esophageal spasms (GERD) that put my life at risk. After two years of agony, when I stopped the aloe, I started healing, recovering from pain and malnutrition, and started losing weight. I HIGHLY recommend NOT using Aloe as a remedy for more than a week or two, and instead, go see a holistic or Chinese doctor for your ailment, FIND THE ACTUAL CAUSE< change your diet, meditate, and get a cure that doesn't have the potential to kill you. And yes, I was staunch advocate of Aloe as a cure, I stood by it and even argued with the doctor that he was wrong for 6 months.

So please realize, I am very alternative and holistically minded, but Aloe is not something you should drink on a long-term basis without a doctor advising and monitoring your progress and digestion, because unless you have too much heat (in Chinese terms) in your bowels and adrenal organs, which is rarely the case with GERD and constipation, drinking Aloe will make you sicker over time. Please consider my words.

Replied by Aubergine
Washington, Dc
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Bad experience with aloe juice: After reading here about people's good experiences with Aloe, I figured I would try some. My grocery store sells the stalks, but I didn't want to bring one of those home - one of my kids would probably try to use it as a weapon, if my husband didn't put it in the trash first - so I looked at the aloe products on the shelf with the supplements. I was a bit confused by all the choices but I ended up getting a juice product that uses a formulation called "ActivAloe. " Without mentioning the actual brand name (which does have the word "aloe" in it), it comes in a 32-oz bottle and there are three flavors - the original "gold" as well as "cherry berry" and "orange papaya. " I chose the orange papaya. The label says it's 7% orange and papaya juices, and the rest is "whole leaf aloe vera juice concentrate. " I tried some that evening. The label said to take 2 Tablespoons (1 oz) so that's what I took. During the evening I was very gassy, but I have that problem when I eat certain sugars or processed foods so I figured it was something I had snacked on earlier. Later that night I felt like I was getting a cold. I took a little extra ACV plus some extra vitamin C, did a sinus rinse (which I routinely do anyway) and gargled with a hydrogen peroxide oral cleanser.

In the morning I felt a little worse with congestion in my sinuses and chest. I did my normal breakfast routine (a green superfoods bar plus ACV, lecithin, coconut oil, turmeric and oatmeal) plus a 1-oz dose of the aloe juice. I made sure to stick with alkaline foods throughout the day - this normally eliminates any cold symptoms for me within half a day - but I didn't feel better. Also I was still very gassy, which didn't make much sense since I was not eating any of the bad stuff that tends to give me gas. I continued for 2 more days with alkaline foods, ACV and my other regular supplements, plus 1 ounce of aloe juice twice a day, plus extra vitamin C and sinus rinses morning and evening, without any relief of the cold symptoms. (I also felt generally crummy, as with any cold. )

Then last night I noticed that an old case of thrush was back - but not just in the one little spot where I had it before. This time, seemingly overnight, the pockets between my cheeks and gums were inflamed on both sides of my mouth. I was also gassier than ever. By this time I had figured out that the gas was the worst shortly after I drank the aloe juice. I thought, "how can anything that makes me this gassy actually be healthy for me?" It suddenly dawned on me that maybe the aloe juice was actually making me sick. I poured the rest of the bottle down the drain.

Today I did an oil pull and I'm continuing the alkaline food routine with ACV and plenty of water to try to flush out whatever's bothering me. 24 hours after stopping the aloe (which I only took for 72 hours in the first place) I feel somewhat better, but I still have some of the congestion and the thrush. (The gas, thank goodness, is gone. ) Hopefully there will be more improvement tomorrow.

It occurred to me that the aloe might be bringing out some sort of toxin that was locked up in my cells somewhere, but that seems unlikely. I started taking ACV every day 5 months ago, and since then added sunflower lecithin (Ted's "pulling oil" remedy, 2 TBSP per day), coconut oil, turmeric, raw honey, and green superfood capsules to my daily diet. (I was already taking fish oil and vitamin E. ) At the same time I have greatly reduced or cut out many of the acid-forming foods I used to eat, and have added more vegetables and other whole, alkaline foods. (I have also done some oil pulling with EVCO but I have had trouble making it a routine. ) With these improvements I've lost weight effortlessly, I don't feel hungry, my skin looks great, the bumps on the backs of my arms disappeared, my chronic case of thrush went away, and the osteoarthritis in my hip no longer bothers me.

My point is that I would be surprised if the aloe juice suddenly brought out toxins that the other remedies hadn't touched. But I could be wrong! And I have used aloe vera gel on my skin in the past without any adverse reactions. Anyway, now I'm a little leary of trying other forms of aloe, but maybe after I get better I'll go ahead and buy a stalk of the real thing and carefully monitor the effects!

Replied by Charlotte
Kenmore, Wa
The dose makes the poison. You shouldn't exceed the recommended daily dose of aloe vera juice (about 1/4 cup) if you don't want to experience any side effects. When you drink it with caution, it can bring many health benefits, but if you stick to the recommended dose and still experience the side effects, probably it's better to stop taking it.

Posted by Lisa (Atlanta, Ga) on 02/10/2010

I have some juice recipes for anyone interested in taking aloe vera internally. I buy stalks of it at Publix for $1.99. Go to utube and watch them peel it, if you're not sure about that, you will need 1 tbls. of aloe juice or gel for each serving of juice you make. And you have to have a juicer, its well worth the money.

2 carrots
2 green apples
1 orange (peeled)

put thru juicer, then add 1 tablespoon aloe juice and drink immediatly.

1 cup pineapple (don't peel it)
1 carrot
1 green apple
put thru juicer, then add tablespoon aloe juice and drink immediatly

1 small piece of ginger
2 carrots
2 pears
1/2 small papaya
put thru juicer, then add 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice, drink immediately.

1/4 small beet
2 large carrots
1 stalk celery

put thru juicer, add 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice, drink immediatly.

Posted by Ann (Bethel, Minnesota) on 01/27/2009

I haven't been able to find anywhere where I can make my own aloe vera juice. I have a huge plant and only know that I can use it for burns. Can someone please help me on this subject?

Replied by Sandy
Tampa, FL
Hey! Just take the aloe vera leaf and you know cut off the spikes on the side and peel off the leaf and use the gel inside. Sometimes I leave some of the leaf. It's also beneficial for you. You can eat just raw aloe vera just like that. I have been using on my gums because they've been swollen and hurting or you can put it in a blender and just mix it with orange juice or whatever you'd like to mix it with. The aloe gel it self doesn't actually taste like anything so go ahead and just start using it :). You might want to start off with smaller doses because it does detox your body and depending on where you are it might cause nausea, etc.
Replied by Sylvia
Houston, Tx
Aloe Vera: Hi i read ur ? u had and i can say that Aloe Vera works for everything! I eat it now that i was diagnosed with Diverticulitus.It helps heal the holes i have developed in my large intestine. U can use it for boils, scrapes, burns, blackheads that are extremely in the skin, acne, basically anything!!!!
Replied by Shannon
San Antonio, Tx
Hi, To answer the question on how to make aloe Vera juice, here's my method. I cut about five thick arms of the aloe plant from the very bottom of the plant. I then peel off the skin with a sharp knife and place the gel in a flat container. Once I get all the gel I possibly can, I spread it out on the container and freeze it. Once frozen hard I bring it out and thaw it. Once it thaws, it'll be pure liquid and not gel anymore. Then I strain it and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for longevity. You don't have to strain it if you don't mind the little fibers. This is the way I make aloe juice in its purest form. Hope this helps anyone!

Posted by Rinal Shah (Anand, 388120) on 10/24/2008

How we can make Aloe vera Juice at Home??

Posted by Rich (Gainesville, USA) on 09/08/2008

[YEA]  Thanks to everyone for telling their personal success stories using cayenne pepper. I have used it on and off for years, but I will start using it only on from now on.

I have a couple of other remedies to share with you. Many of us know about aloe vera and its topical uses, but did you know that the gel is very nutritious and it can be eaten? It has virtually no flavor after you rinse off the yellow juice and it is great for your health. Aloe is similar to cayenne in that it increases the effectiveness of anything that you take with it, so I'm going to try taking aloe and cayenne together. That promises to be a very powerful combo. Aloe has many, many uses and I encourage everyone to read up on it. There are other medicinal aloes too, like aloe ferox, aloe saponaria and aloe arborescens. Aloe has proven to be of tremendous benefit to cancer and AIDS patients! Like cayenne peppers, you can easily grow your own aloe.

Another great remedy is North pole magnetism. A scientist named Albert Roy Davis discovered that the North and South poles of a magnet are two different energies with opposite effects. The North pole energy will heal many conditions while the South pole with worsen most conditions. There are some therapeutic uses for the South pole, however. Yes, magnets do work, but you need to have the right type of magnet and use the correct pole. Get quality ceramic type magnets, use the North pole only and you'll be amazed at what magnets can do. Albert Roy Davis discovered that North pole magnetism can eliminate many diseases, even including cancer. It can even slow aging. Literally! Exposing the spleen to North pole magnetism on a regular basis will slow the rate of aging, and this was confirmed at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Read the books written by Davis and Walter C. Rawls, Jr.

Gum Issues   1  0   

Posted by Sonal (Charlotte Nc) on 09/13/2013

[YEA]  Want to share my experience with aloe vera. My gum was hurting from eating too much sweets and nothing was helping. I tried oil pulling with sesame oil, mustard oil, turmeric powder, salt but all in vain. Finally I tried aloe vera and it helped and was healed in a day. Have a aloe vera plant so I took tbsp of gel from leaf and mixed it with water. Did some gargles/squished around mouth with this water and voila gum is not hurting.

Heartburn   3  0   

Posted by Shalese (Syracuse, Utah) on 03/11/2007

[YEA]  i started taking aloe vera juice 1 week ago I had come to the end of my rope after being on aciphex for heartburn for 5 years. then being told to double up on my dose. that did not even work anymore I had such bad heartburn I thought I would never make it through the day. I called my doctor and he told me to come pick up samples for other meds. I decided I was sick of the meds. so I went to my local Health foods store looking for answers. They told me to take aloe vera juice about 2oz- 8oz a day. I didn't think it would work, but i was desperate. I took it that day and it did nothing! I still slept like crap that night. but the next day i took it. after the second time i took it my heartburn just went away. It hasn't returned for 1 week. I have not taken any meds whatsoever. but yet I feel gassy. But I still would rather have gas instead of heartburn any day. if anyone knows anything how to get rid of severe gas contact me please.

Replied by Chris
San Pedro, CA
[YEA]   Shalese from Syracuse, Utah wrote she still has a problem with being gassy......i do too, but if i take seasalt-2/3tsp w/baking soda-3/4tsp, dissolved in hot water, plus calcium carbonate-3/8tsp & a small amount of magnesium carbonate-1/16tsp powders stirred in a small glass of water, usually right after i eat, or just before, sometimes sounds like too mych acid is being produced when u put food in your was with me......the seasalt (Celtic Seasalt) helps anytime i feel alittle bad......hope this helps.
Replied by Bret
Phoenix, AZ
[YEA]   I am taking aloe for a chronic infection. I did suffer regularly from indigestion and overactive intestines.But these symptoms were minor inconveniences compared to the infection. It was as if I had a mild irritable bowell. Upon taking aloe I found it to be similar to essiac. A preparation that requires it to be taken in sips, not gulps. If you are taking whole -leaf aloe, the quinones are laxative-like in their affects. Instead of complicating your current regime I would simply make green tea and mix the aloe in the green tea, sweeten with honey, molasses, etc. Sip the tea over one hour period and all your gas issues should be lessened. Do not gulp aloe!
Replied by Pam
Carpinteria, CA
If the aloe gives you gas, charcoal will get rid of it. Activated charcoal, either capsules or powder mixed with water, will get rid of gas pain within half an hour. It's great stuff.

How to Use Aloe Vera   1  0   

Posted by Jenn (Coborra, Australia) on 01/04/2015

[YEA]  Aloe vera, the plant would be good for healing.

Because the sap stains clothing permanently, it may be wise to wear old daggy clothes, when doing this cut with a sharp knife, a leaf or a piece of same depending on the size of the leaf, about 6 inches, and put in a cup of cool water.... With this same knife, take leaf out and cut off the spines along the edge and discard it and the water which may have a brownish tinge. Rinse knife and cut open the leaf to reveal the white inner gel. Now this gel, although extremely bitter, can be taken internally for those die-hards out there, and will help with digestive and constipation problems and can assist if taken on a regular basis with internal cleansing and inner healing.

But, for healing of skin it's wonderful.

If using for this purpose, scrape as much of the inner leaf out as possible, put into clean drinking water in a cup ( preferably not tap water due to the chemicals) and discard the leaf afterwards. You may find it easier to put a small piece onto your scars and cover with a piece of clean cotton material or bandage, or a wide band-aid . You can change it as often as you like but try and leave it on for at least 2 days at a time, to allow it to heal. Try and use the Aloe vera gel in water within 5 days and make a fresh batch. After you have made it a couple of times all these instructions will seem like nothing, you'll just whizz through it because it is so easy to do.

Long term healing is possible if taking a good quality calcium, zinc supplement with possibly magnesium , silica, biotin or brewers yeast..some or all, as these help to renew your skin.

There is Aloe vera juice available in many places and is marketed as 99.92% pure and if you do not have access to the actual plant then this would be acceptable but it does generally have Potassium Sorbate or Sodium Benzoate as a preservative, which are necessary to stabilise the Aloe vera to market it to the public, otherwise it would go 'off' but is used only in very small quantities.

Fresh is best but if it is not available then the inner leaf juice available commercially can be used.

If using the commercial juice, soak clean cotton strips ( an old sheet, not flannelette will do) in the juice , wring out slightly and either use straight away or hang to dry and use as a medicated dressing. Sorry about this long answer! This can also be used for burns and general skin healing.

Hope this will be of assistance.

Lactose Intolerance   1  0   

Posted by Jean (Ajax, Canada) on 07/30/2008

[YEA]  I had a very bad case of lactose intolerance, I could not eat desserts, ice cream or milk without bad stomach cramps and major gas and bloating. I drank aloe vera juice either the inner filler or the whole leaf (stronger) and I have no more problems....funny thing is I tried the juice as a cleanser...and I was pleasantly surprised...Goodbye to LACTAID!!

Long Term Use of Aloe Vera   0  0   

Posted by Roma739 (Mamaroneck, New York ) on 03/12/2013

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Warning about taking aloe vera for a long period of time. I took it with my smoothie for about 5 months after much research on Lactose Intolerant issue. It worked, but after my blood test I discovered that my blood platelets decreased from 185 to 144. Puzzled, I further researched and came upon research lab results on aloe usage after 30 days culminating in sharper decrease in platelets than vitamin E usage and ginger.

Immediately I stopped using aloe and tried to deal with this issue. I intend to take another blood test soon hoping that the absence of aloe will regenerate my platlets.

Replied by Art
Tustin, Ca. Usa
In reply to Roma739 from New York: If the low platelet count persists, melatonin at 20mg every evening may be of help according to the following abstract:


Replied by Roma739
Mamaroneck , New York
After abstaining from aloe leaf for a few weeks my blood test results improved. The platelets increased to 169 which indicated that one has to be aware that one remedy can cause another issue. The aloe did help with my lactose intolerance and increased my energy. Since the leaf is much stronger than other bottled forms, I know to limit my intake per week and be mindful that ginger, vitamin E and omega 3 thin the blood. So if you are on blood thinners or anemic be mindful. My doctor was intrigued by the aloe vera and told me that double digit platelet results are more dangerous than my results. However I think it's important to monitor your health.
Replied by Sunny
Los Angeles, Ca, Usa
What does decreased platelets do?

Lung Fibrosis   0  0   

Posted by Mohan (Montreal, Quebec/ Canada) on 10/21/2010

Ted recommends Aloe vera oil pills for the lung fibrosis. I googled it and cannot find oil which can be taken internally. Can someone help?

Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx
I know there's a site that carries it. I think it's Lilly of the Desert. They sent me some, but I was afraid to take it because of the Mayo Clinic warnings. However, the Digestacure website totally contradicts these warnings. Here is the Mayo Clinic link:

I think I would proceed with caution. Look up Pycnogenol and its health benefits. Maybe that would be better? Read up on it first!

Melasma   1  0   

Posted by Sansash (Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife) on 08/13/2011

[YEA]  Hi - I just wanted to share with you my 'cure' for melasma. My partner and I recently moved to Tenerife. I have very bad melasma on my upper lip and upper right arm. Since we moved here I have discovered the aloe vera leaf. I have been applying the gel from the leaf morning and night for the past week. The melasma on my upper lip has gone completely and the melasma on my upper arm has started to fade gradually and looks a 100% better than it did a week ago. I used to hide my arms but now I'm wearing short sleeved tops which I never, ever thought I'd wear again. You need the actual aloe vera leaf. Cut a slice off the leaf and slice it open to reveal the gel inside. Rub this on your melasma morning and night and it's really like a miracle the melasma fades gradually. I don't think aloe vera gel in a bottle will work alone as it's not pure aloe vera gel. The plant grows abundantly here on Tenerife but I'm told you can buy it in health food markets or online.. Good luck to you all.

Multiple Cures   4  0   

Posted by Dianne (Tampa, Fl) on 07/08/2009

[YEA]  I apologize in advance for how lengthy this is. I am writing to let everyone know about the incredible benefits we have experienced with Aloe. About one and a half years ago our whole family came down with whooping cough. I decided to try Aloe, as a friend I had known had had great success with it for treating a serious prolonged cough and my mother also told me that in Colombia SA they would use a beaten concoction of Aloe and egg whites to treat whooping cough when she was a little girl. I researched Aloe on the internet, and though I didn't find the egg white recipe, I found many things Aloe is good for. It did work very well for whooping cough, especially helping to calm the nightime attacks, and a friend tried it for her daughter's whooping cough and had the same results. When I looked Aloe up on the internet, the treatment for the ailment that interested me the most was asthma. My son had been struggling with it for several years- not severe, but mostly sports induced and it greatly hindered his ability to play sports. I have tried most home remedies for asthma and have had so-so results. He began drinking it every day and by the end of the second month his attacks were completely gone. As long as he continues to drink it daily, he has no attacks. If he stops it entirely he begins having attacks again after a couple of months.

I found that one of the reasons that Aloe works for asthma (and other conditions like arthritis and lupus) is because it is anti-inflammatory. So, it keeps the airways from getting inflamed. Another reason it works is because it is also excellent for treating allergies which many times are a trigger for asthma. One of the reasons it works for allergies is because of the collagen it causes your body to produce which thickens the the mucus linings of your respiratory system and intestinal tract (heals leaky gut) which in turn helps you not to be so sensitive to allergens. Another reason is that it treats systemic candida which is usually the root of asthma and allergies.

The funny thing I noticed, which is not mentioned in any literature I have researched about Aloe, is that it has also helped with his stunted growth. My son is really short for his age and in the two years before taking Aloe, he only grew six inches total. Once he began taking Aloe for his asthma he grew almost six inches in one year. The growth spurt coincided exactly with time he first began the Aloe. I've tried my own "experiments" to see if his growth is related to the Aloe or if it is just his time to start growing, and I've found that if he has a period of a couple of months where he doesn't take his Aloe at all or only takes it once a week or so, he only grows about a quarter of an inch per month or less. When he takes it every single day, he grows about a half inch per month.

My father has been really inspired about my son's story and began taking it himself about four months ago for his prostate. He has been on prostate medication for the past ten years and still gets up to urinate about four times per night. He has tried different prostate medicines as well as his own share of home remedies, and nothing has worked. Well, after drinking Aloe daily for a couple of months, he was able to get off of his prostate medicine completely. Now he only gets up once or twice per night and he's not on any prostate medicine.

I've heard some people make some type of Aloe tea infusion, but the way we take Aloe is this: We buy a fresh Aloe stalk from the produce section of the grocery store. It has to be at least fourteen inches long, or I've read it's not as beneficial. The Aloe has to be nice and firm. Don't use it if it is soft and squishy as it is too old and may actually aggravate some candida problems. We slice off a three inch section from the base and peel off the thick green skin with a paring knife and discard it. We then take the gel (from the three inch section) and gently blend it with a drink mixer with some orange juice for palatability. The less you blend, the better as you don't want to destroy the beneficial properties.

You can buy bottled Aloe, but I DON'T RECOMMEND IT! While there may be some good Aloe products out there, I've read that sometimes the bottle can say 100% Aloe and it is actually 95% water, but for some reason the FDA allows them to say 100% Aloe even if it isn't. The other reason is that bottled Aloe is usually pasteurized which kills many of the beneficial enzymes that make Aloe so effective. Fresher is always better with Aloe.

Replied by Jane
Austin, TX
Does the three inch section of the aloe vera plant make one drink per person that you use? thanks for the info. Jane
Replied by Dianne
Tampa, FL
Yes, the three inch section is for one person. I also neglected to mention (my post was a little long already) that my father also had the beginnings of glaucoma and when he went back to his eye doctor after taking the Aloe for several months, his eye doctor told him his eye exam came back great, but that the best news he had was that any trace of glaucoma was completely gone. If you do an A-Z search on the internet of the health benefits of Aloe, you will find all the ailments I mentioned in the previous post and this one listed there except stunted growth.
Replied by Hortense Knowles
Windermere, Florida
I read what Diane had to say about aloe. She bought 14 inches and use 3 inches. Does she discard the rest of the leaf or does she store it and if so how is that done. I have three large plants and have only use aloe for burns. Help I would love to start drinking aloe. Thank you so very much.
Replied by Sally
Miami, FL
Hello everyone, I love Earthclinic! Thanks so much for keeping this going. My posting is regarding the questions about Diane's Aloe Remedy. I can't speak for Diane, but from I what I understand, the length of the Aloe leave indicates that it is an "adult", full grown, well-developed leave, she must use three inches pieces at the time and as far as keeping it, I noticed that, at the grocery store, the leaves are kept refrigerated (near the berries, salad bags, etc.), so at home I would keep them in the bottom most portion of the fridge. I hope this helps.
Replied by Ladyja
Chandler, Arizona Usa
Store bought? I have two HUGE pots (16" wide by 20" high) in my back yard, also have two pots a little smaller. It's VERY easy to grow here in the valley. It's a water sometimes, stick whereever in the yard and ignore. My mom even put some in a pretty pot and gave it to my daughter for her dorm room. It's one of the cheapest and easiest palnts. I even had success with growing it in Atlanta Georgia...stuck it in a big pot, left it outside, sprinkle of water every two weeks and in 6 months...repot again! I don't have a green thumb either and am more prone to killing plants! ;-) Aloe vera is still a desert plant and drought resistance. I would suggest that anyone try growing it first. That way any possible additives can be controlled with NO preservative risk. Good Luck & Bless be!
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
Hello to all who want to grow their own aloe vera plants (cactus),

In my area, which is close to the Southern Ky. border, they will not survive the winter outside. My brother who lives within a mile of the northern Alabama border planted the ones I gave him outside, found they died back during the winter, and unfortunately, did not come back up in the spring. So unless you live further south than we do, bring them in before the first killing frost, if you want to keep them growing year round.

Replied by V Kiong
Kuala Lumpur/kg Cham, Ft/kg Cham, Malaysia/cambodi
I am not a chinese traditional sinseh but I do know that they look at illnesses and diseases from the yin/yang principle. It is all about balance between yin and yang or hot and cold.

Too hot or too cold can give rise to similar problems and for similar problem, the remedy will be different, depending on whether the cause is too yin or too yang.

It may thus be important to consult a chinese sinseh before self medicating.

Thank you.

Replied by Dianne
Seffner, Fl
I found it!!! I previously posted a piece about Aloe for stunted growth, but said I had no literature to support it. Well, I was researching Aloe for something else and came across a study performed on chickens who were fed increasing quantities of Aloe. The chickens with the Aloe grew more than the ones without. Just google Aloe and chickens for more information.

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