If you don't relish the idea of injections, face peels, plastic surgery or doing anything else unnatural to fight the effects of aging, this may be
the plant for you. I hate the idea of putting anything chemical into my body . So for me and people like me, there really is only one alternative.
Find the things that nature gives us to do it naturally.
Aloe Vera is one of those things. Used in a variety of ways, through ingestion, injection and topically, it has been shown to reverse the effects of
aging within 90 days...quite significantly. When I found out about the study done in 2009 about the effects of aloe on your skin, I wanted to go
submerge myself in a tank full of it. But, my friend talked me down from the ledge so to speak and now I use it pretty much every day as a facial
I'm not talking about a gel or anything bought from the store. I have plants I keep in my bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom that I snap off a piece
and rub it on my face or ingest. Now, you must be wondering why I don't just buy it from Amazon or something. Well, when I say I want to use things
natural, I mean directly from the source whenever possible. Anytime that I can get something directly from the source without anyone else touching it,
changing it, diluting it, etc.. I will do so. And that is exactly what I can do with this plant. It's worth the initial investment ($20.00) and
also, you can grow more from offshoots of the original. Nature knows how to replenish itself.
What It does
Topical is just that. To apply, snap off a small portion of the leaf and rub the gel directly onto your skin. The plant will self heal. Literally
using the gel inside of it to seal up its wound. It is the cheapest moisturizer you will ever find, and chemical free too! For the guys, it is great
as an after shave. Same concept, snap a piece off, rub the gel on your skin.
In the most simplest terms (which is the best way to say things) the plant increases the elasticity, blood flow, strength and synthesis of skin
tissue. It's an antioxidant, pulling out all the bad stuff from your body and skin (using it either topically and ingested). Most people use it
topically for sunburns and minor cuts. It can do sooo much more for your skin/body then that though.
Aloe Vera is a safe and effective treatment for psoriasis and rashes, as well as scars. A study was done in 1996 showing when patients used a .05%
Aloe Vera hydrophilic cream 25 of the 30 patients were cured of their psoriasis
You can choose to mix the plant with some other natural plants/herbs or emollients. Making under eye treatments, scrubs and moisturizers with almond
milk, olive oil, brown sugar, etc... I just prefer to use it alone and find I'm more consistent using it that way.
A quarter of a teaspoon a day is all you need. But, you can't just eat a bit of the leaf. (of course you can't, this would be too easy..no?) What
you want is the actual clear gel or "meat" inside. The best way to eat from the succulent plant itself is to trim off the outside skin with a
sharp knife. Then crush the meat (gel) and eat as is. There is caution to be used. More is not always better. Too much aloe a day will cause some
bathroom issues. (natural laxative)
This plant has been shown to bring positive change in your body at DNA level. Aloe Vera decreased gene activity that causes collagen to become damaged
in the first place. It also strengthens your immune system, helps with digestion, heart health, and there is evidence it may have other benefits
with regards to certain types of cancer, diabetes, arthritis, plus much, much more.
The plant heals your body from the inside out. And within a few weeks you should notice some major improvements in all those areas listed above. But
there is still value in just using it topically if you can't quite get yourself to ingest it. The taste is a bit sour and bitter so mixing with other
stuff for ingestion is normal.
Immune System Benefits
Aloe Vera has one thing the other 400 species of aloe plants don't... Acemannan. What Acemannan does:
Acemannan manifests itself within the cell membranes of the entire body strengthening our immune system to fight off parasites, viruses and
bacteria. It is the basis of all connective tissue cells, including vessels, tendons, joints, ligaments and even our bones. It lubricates our
joints and can prevent arthritis, or reduce its symptoms
We, as humans, naturally produce Acemannan up until we reach puberty. At that point, we stop the production and the only way to increase/obtain
acemannan is through ingestion. It can be found in other foods...but we are looking strictly at the benefits of Aloe Vera today, so I'm not going to
stray off topic.
Because it has this one polysaccharide, Aloe Vera can help with the immune systems in patients with such diseases as HIV, AIDS, and certain types of
cancer. The immune booster and bone strengthening properties can be very helpful for managing the after effects of conventional treatments (as well as
the debilitating effects of the disease itself). Please note that this is in addition to medical treatment, not in lieu of it.
Aloe Vera has an amazing amount of "good for you" stuff in it. In unprocessed, natural form it is abundant with over 200 constituents including
polysaccharides, enzymes, glycoproteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It's through the processing of the plant for retail sale that it loses
its potency (as with most things). Sold as capsules, powder, gel, juice, and mixed with other substances, it becomes diluted to varying degrees
depending on how it is packaged for the consumer.
For me, it's been a staple in my beauty regimen. As I said above, I'd rather spend my money on a plant that has the potential to provide me with
much more than just anti aging then spending it on the chemically filled alternatives you get in the store. But, as with everything, I can only
present you with the information I've collected. It is up to you to make your own decisions as to whether or not this plant will/is helpful to
The link below is to a PDF (doesn't download) book that covers in depth the History, botany, composition, and pharmacological aspects of this
The Great Aloe Book
As always, thanks for reading!
And having absolutely nothing to do with this subject...here is a couple pics of my new kittens at 1 day old..