Aloe Vera and its Wonderful Health Benefits

Varieties of Medicinal Aloe Plants

Posted by Jolole (Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia) on 06/26/2013

I have spend many hours researching how to use aloe vera to support my health and in particular during cleansing periods. I am an organic home gardener and have some mature aloe plants in the garden. Also have my own limes and lemons. I was about to introduce a regular aloe vera smoothy in my diet, when I came across the warning by Fountainflower on 03/26/2010. Thank you Fountainflower, your feedback came absolutely at the right time for me. Having seen a chinese health practitioner a couple of years ago, I am aware that I too suffer from lack of digestive fire and the inability to digest my food properly. I still intend using aloe vera to help me clease but no longer than a week and will monitor progress carefully. Other people have also mentioned that aloe vera is not the only medicinal aloe. Aloe Ferox and Aloe Aborescens are just as good sources, whilst also beautiful ornamental flowering plants. The three varieties have nutrients in common but also have differences and worthwhile to do some research on this. To my delight I discoverd that I even had a big aborescens x ferox aloe in the garden and never knew its medicinal value. Blessings of good health and wellbeing to all.


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Posted by Anna (Chula Vista, CA) on 02/22/2007
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If you are trying to wean your child, I have the perfect remedy, this works great, my 1 1/2 year old son was very hard to wean and I put Aloe Vera and it worked out great, and he didn't make a big fuss though. Try this. It works great!

Where to Buy

Posted by David (Anchorage, Ak, Usa) on 02/15/2013

If you want the least expensive option other than the fresh plant take a look at 200x aloe powder. There are companies that offer dehydrated 200x organic aloe powder that can be reconstituted. I suggest sourcing aloe from Australia and not China or Mexico (the 3 big producers). You must use the reconstituted aloe within 20 minutes or it will begin to ferment. So add your preservative or consume/apply immediately.

Where to Buy: USA

Posted by Noelle (Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa) on 08/30/2009

Does anyone know where I can get fresh Aloe Vera Leaf in the Minneapolis-St Paul area? I used to purchase it by the pound at Rainbow Foods on 26th Ave, but they no longer get it in. We have a fair sized Latino community; I've tried several of the Hispanic groceries along Lake Street, but they don't seem to have it either. I want to get the 14" size Aloe Leaf that cured Diane from Tampa son's allergies and leaky gut. Any suggestions?

Replied by Sara
(The Beach, Canada)

buy the plant. take as much as you need by snipping that amount of the living plant. you can buy them at garden centers or florists.

Replied by Noelle
(Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa)

Hey, I got it, I got it. I found a regular supplier for Aloe Leaf by the pound. Cub Foods in Minneapolis at the Minnehaha Ave & East Lake St, and 60th Street & Nicollet Ave locations. And the piece I purchased was 26" long! Yippee!! Thanks for the suggestions, y'all -- Noelle in South Minneapolis.

Replied by Candice
(Chandler, Az)

I am amazed at what I am reading about aloe vera, thank you everyone for posting! I just wanted to let everyone know that you can go to and type in Aloe Vera in the search box and there are many videos showing how to cut it open, and other benefits. I noticed many people who kept asking how to cut it open and it is made simple by watching one of these videos. Good luck to everyone! I could not find any aloe vera leaves in my health food stores in the Phoenix area so I had to buy Whole Foods brand in a bottle. I will have to plant my own since I live in the desert! Have a healthy day!

Yeast Infections

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Posted by Rosie (La, Ca) on 02/20/2010
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A quick cure for yeast infections is to cut off a piece of aloe vera, remove the skin and insert it like a tampon. It burns, so it is difficult to keep there. Just putting some of the aloe vera gel on, also helps. You will have immediate relief, but keep doing it for atleast 3 days to prevent recurrence.

Replied by Loulou
(Warwick, Ny)

Aloe Vera should be soaked for about 15 minutes before using. I saw this on Youtube and several other sites. You cut the pieces, soak them in water then proceed to cut it and extract the inner gelatinous section.

Supposedly there is a layer of protective ''latex'' between the outer skin and gel. When you cut aloe this latex seeps out and works to protect the exposed aloe gel. It can cause problems with digestion or irritation to the skin. Soaking it in water after cutting it in sections will allow the latex to seep out and then you rinse the pieces, discarding the water.

This is the same for many foods we consume like rice, legumes and oatmeal.... They have a ''poison'' as a way to protect themselves from insects and one needs to soak them, rinse it out and then cook it before consuming.

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