We live in a 4-plex apartment, and about 6 years ago a neighbor planted a few Aloe Vera plants along the side of the building as she was moving away. I've never thought of using them for healing purposes, but after a major heart attack, (also 6 years ago), and a lot of heart meds, I've noticed problems with side effects of the meds. My biggest concern is keeping my blood thin enough to keep blood clots at bay, which was the cause of my heart attack.
I came across this site in my quest for natural cures, and decided to try out the Aloe Vera as a drink to lower my blood pressure. We've probably got 30 or 40 plants, so I cut off some leaves, peeled away the outer skin, and scooped out the "pulp" from inside. I then blended it with about 8 oz of pure water, held my breath, and drank some. To my surprise, Susan Cunningham is right. There is almost no taste in the pulp! Now I plan to drink it daily and also rub some on my skin. I rubbed some on my left leg and not my right. The difference in smoothness and softness was very apparent! I also plan on seeing how it works on my age spots and who knows??? I think the woman that left them may have given me a gift from God! I'm 71 now, and could use some help with my aging body. I'll see what happens!
I use the aloe vera on my face in the morning. It is a great moisturizer, is not greasy, and tightens the face as well. I cut about a 2" slice and then half it like an apple and rub the pulp on my face until there is no juice left in the pulp.
I have been trying to figure out how to make it into a juice, but haven't tried it yet. Now I will. It tastes so bitter, if I get it on my lips that I was afraid it would taste horrible. But I do believe it is a gift from the Gods, so I will try to juice it also.
I was suffering from acne scars , and severe red cheeks , now Ive been only drnking Aloe vera juice , and it did wonders , my face has a clear , compelxion , the scars are there but the redness minimized , I cant wait till it gets better!!