The Outstanding Aloe Vera Plant


aloe vera 'barbadensis' For many centuries now, the aloe vera plant has been used for healing wounds, beautifying the skin and improving health. Throughout history, particularly during conflict, aloe vera has been used. It was lost to us when technology advanced and gave us medication and lotions that could be produced easily and cheaply in huge quantities in controlled laboratory conditions. Apart from the fact that aloe will only grow in warmer parts of the world, the gel has a short shelf life plus the fact that carting around plants or its leaves is nowhere near as practical as a bottled substance so it is no wonder that aloe vera was practically forgotten.

It's the gel inside the fleshy leaves that is the substance so highly regarded. It naturally contains antiseptic and anti fungal properties and a cooling, soothing ability with an added moisturising effect - allowing a wound to heal cleanly, quickly and without the edges of the skin drying out.
Aloe vera greatly reduces scar tissue by preventing the natural response by our 'damage control' to over-compensate and produce too much scar tissue. This is what causes raised scars - one of the reasons why aloe vera is so popular for repairing skin damage. These properties (and more besides) is what gives aloe vera its versatility in dealing with a wide variety of skin problems. For animals too, it's particularly suited to professional breeders and handlers who have discovered that hair growth returns faster after injury when aloe is used. This gets the animal back to the show ring faster.

A research group at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio is studying the effects of aloe extracts on normal and tumor cells in humans. Although aloe probably will not emerge as a new cancer drug, such experiments provide more information on how aloe gel heals wounds and burns.
A review of the medical literature by a group at the University of Texas in Galveston concluded that aloe gel clearly promotes wound healing and prevents progressive skin damage caused by burns and frostbite. It works by penetrating injured tissue, relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and dilating capillaries to increase blood flow to the injury.
A review of the scientific literature on aloe shows that while many cosmetics containing aloe claim to stop the aging of skin, they actually only moisturize it, thereby temporarily diminishing blemishes. However, aloe vera extracts have the potential--as yet undemonstrated--to stimulate synthesis of collagen and elastin fibers, which could stop the degenerative skin changes associated with aging.

I have never come across a more effective treatment for burns. Sunburn, friction burns, razer burns or scaldings, all are rapidly soothed when aloe vera gel is applied. I have (or know someone who has) successfully used the gel for skin problems such as:-
athletes foot; cold sores; rashes; dry and broken skin; eczema; psoriasis; facial wrinkles; 'pan' hands; mouth ulcers (remember - I've warned you about the taste!); skin ulcers; nappy rash and many more. I even know people who swear it reduces hair loss on the scalp. Also its many uses with animals. See ANIMALS & ALOE.

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