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                          Aloe Vera: Parts 1 & 2

Most of us know about Aloe Vera's magical ability to heal skin problems: sores, cuts, scrapes, bites, and lesions.

However, not many people are aware that Aloe Vera, when taken internally, has a stunning reputation as a healing substance for all kinds of illnesses and degenerative conditons.

In this two-part post, I'm going to quote Andreas Moritz , Doctor Jon Barron, and Doctor Jeri Heyman. Andreas and Jon Barron are known to most CureZone regulars. Jeri Heyman is the CEO of a company called Herbal Answers. I found her article in a recent newsletter from the Grain and Salt Society. And, of course, I'll also talk about my own experiences with Aloe Vera, including how I grow it for my own consumption.

Let's begin with a passage from THE KEY TO HEALTH AND REJUVENATION by Andreas Moritz, who has a very popular forum here at CureZone.

"Aloe Vera juice, when taken internally, has been found to be effective in almost every illness, including cancer, heart disease, and AIDS. In fact, there is hardly any disease or health problem for which Aloe Vera has not been proved successful."

"It is helpful for all kinds of allergies, skin diseases, blood disorders, arthritis, infections, candida, cysts, diabetes, eye problems, digestive problems, ulcers, liver diseases, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, kidney stones, and strokes, to name just a few."

"Aloe Vera contains over 200 nutrients, including the vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, Folic acid, calcium, magnesium, oopper, barium, sulphate, 18 amino acids, important enzymes, glycosides, polysaccharides, etc."

Andreas adds that Aloe Vera is one of the few substances that can be used to heal radiation burns caused by X-rays or nuclear disasters. He notes that Aloe Vera, when used regularly, reduces the scaling and itching of psoriasis, and greatly improves the appearance of the skin.

Here's a passage from a recent newsletter by Doctor Jon Barron:

"Aloe has been well known for centuries for its healing properties, and both oral intake and topical dressings have been documented to facilitate healing of any kind of skin wound, burn, or scald -- even speeding recovery time after surgery."

"Situations to try it on include blisters, insect bites, rashes, sores, herpes, urticaria, athlete's foot, fungus, vaginal infections, conjunctivitis, sties, allergic reactions, and dry skin."

"Internally, Aloe Vera is showing real promise in the fight against AIDS, and that virus has become undetectible in some patients who used it on a regular basis, due to its immune system stimulant properties."

"It also seems to help in cancer patients (including lung cancer) by activating the white blood cells and promoting growth of non-cancerous cells."

"Other situations in which it appears to work when taken internally, include intestinal worms, indigestion, colitis, hemorrhoids, liver problems such as cirrhosis and hepatitis, prostate problems,and as a general detoxifier."

That's the end of Part 1. If any of that information resonated with you, I hope you'll read Part 2. I'll quote Doctor Jeri Heyman, and tell you how I grow my own aloe, and how I eat it.

PART TWO:

in Part 1, I quoted Andreas Moritz and Jon Barron about the amazing healing properties of Aloe Vera.

Here are some passages from a recent newsletter of the Grain and Salt Society (where I buy my Celtic seasalt). The column was by Doctor Jeri Heyman. In it, she quotes from a book by Dr. Robert Davis entitled, ALOE VERA: A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH.

"Fresh Aloe Vera is profoundly anti- inflammatory. The Aloe plant contains naturally occurring plant sterols that act similarly to synthetic steroids in blocking inflammation. Fresh Aloe's largest polsaccharides enhance the immune cells inflammation-control mechanisms."

"Aloe Vera is tissue-regenerating in three different ways. The large polysaccharides, unique to fresh, raw Aloe Vera, have been demonstrated to stimulate the release of growth factor by the immune cells, thus stimulating new tissue production."

"A different size polysaccharide in Aloe, directly stimulates the tissue production cells to produce new tissue. And third, the Aloe plant contains plant-growth-factors that act like human growth factors to stimulate the regeneration of tissue."

"The constituents in fresh Aloe Vera can directly enhance the immune cell function up to 10 times greater than normal. This helps to clean up the digestive and elimination systems. The immune cells can gobble up to 10 times more unwanted yeast, fungus, and undigested food when enhanced by Aloe."

"Aloe Vera is the most penetrating substance on Earth. It catapults itself into cells 5 times more easily than water, bringing nutrients into cells and encouraging the outflow of toxic waste."

End of quotes. Now I'd like to tell you how I grow my own Aloe Vera, and how I eat it.

About ten years ago, a friend here in Florida gave me an Aloe Vera plant. I transplanted it to a larger pot, and put it out on the screened, back porch of my condo. It wasn't long before little baby Aloe plants were poking their heads up through the soil, right beside their mother.

So I bought a big grow-box, and transpanted the Aloes into it. They thrived! Every now and then, I would cut a stalk and rub the soothing gel on my face. But in those days, I wasn't eating it.

By 2003, my single plant had reproduced itself thousands of times. I now have three large grow-boxes full of Aloe Vera on the back porch, and two window-size boxes. And in just the last month, I've given away five more window boxes full of Aloe plants to friends. Some of those Aloes are big and strong enough to fight off muggers. I'm amazed every time I walk out there!

About a year ago, I began eating the gel. This was before I'd read any of the material I just quoted to you. My intuition told me to do it -- and I listen to my intuition.

I cut a piece of Aloe stalk about 4" long. Then I slice it vertically, and peel back the sides. Messy business! Next, I put the aloe stalk in my mouth, gel side up. and use my top front teeth to scrape the gel into my mouth. I swizzle it around my mouth for 30 seconds or so, and then swallow it. And, of course, before I ever cut it, I say to the Aloe, "You are my food. May the best of you, become the best of me." That's my Grace for all meals!

Next, I rub the mostly gel-less stalk on my skin: different parts on different days. If you've never rubbed fresh Aloe Vera gel into your skin, then you have a blissful experience ahead of you.

I do that every day. In the late 1990's, I wondered why I was growing so much aloe on my porch. Now I know! Often, we prepare ourselves for important changes, months or years or decades before they're needed -- or at least, I do.

Yes, you can buy Aloe Vera juice at health food stores. But it's expensive, and may well be diluted. I advise people to grow their own. Aloe Vera is a VERY easy plant to grow. It needs no TLC; just some water when it gets dry.

You can't grow ten year's worth of Aloe Vera overnight. I advise you to buy a half-dozen or more plants, and transplant them into a large grow-box. A year from now, you'll need two grow-boxes. They don't need lots of sunlight. Bright light is sufficient.

If any of this information resonated with you, give Aloe Vera a try. You can always use a good bottled product until your garden takes off. If I suffered from any of the conditions mentioned by the Doctors, I'd be taking Aloe Vera in some form every day.

Blessings,

Owen