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Benefits of Aloe Vera and How to Use it

Updated on November 8, 2016
Aloe vera in my garden.
Aloe vera in my garden. | Source

Benefits of Aloe Vera

Oh no, aloe vera, not again!! I have been resisting from writing on this aloe vera. But it's such a wonder plant that I too succumbed to temptation! I simply must write about aloe vera, in my own special way. The way I use aloe vera, fresh from my own garden. The photo at the right is one of the aloe vera plants in my garden. So this hub article is about my personal adventure with the "Mother of all herbal plants," the aloe vera.

Don't worry, you won't be reading about the usual "facts and fancies" of this wonder plant. You already knew it. Don't tell me you don't. I Googled search "aloe vera" and it displayed nearly 10 million entries!!! Then I clicked hubpages search box on "aloe vera" and it displayed 100 pages of hubs of the same subject. Each page contains 10 hubs, that totals to 1,000 hubs!! That makes aloe vera the "Mother of all herbs and plants!" even in Hubpages!!

Please read on.


Trimmed aloe vera stalk for application.
Trimmed aloe vera stalk for application. | Source

Benefits of Aloe Vera and How I Use it

I have ready stock of fresh aloe vera in my garden. I don't have to pay a bomb for the commercial products. I get the freshest and purest aloe vera you can ever find in this world, right here in garden! The purest possible form of aloe vera is the whitish gel under the green skin. It is this gel that we are interested in.

After cutting a stalk from the plant, you need to slice off the green outer skin. Then you have the thick slimy translucent flesh, that is the elixir of life. This is commonly known as the aloe vera gel. You have to be careful slicing off the skin because there will be a thick yellowish liquid just between the skin and the gel. This sticky liquid can cause stomach upset if consumed. In fact it is used as a laxative. So unless you want this laxative for your bowels, you got to ensure that only the whitish transparent gel is used. You must also use the gel immediately as it is subject to oxidation, thereby losing much of its nutrients and healing properties.

I use the aloe vera gel in two ways. External application and oral consumption. For the external application, this is how you do it. First, slice off the thorny edges, leaving the green skin intact so that it is easier to hold on to the stalk. You can take a look at the picture on the right.

To apply, just hold the stalk firmly and brush the slimy edge onto the arms, legs, face, and whatever parts of the body you choose. I just brush the slimy edge onto my arms, legs, and face. Once you brush it onto your skin, the end will lose its sliminess. You would then need to slice the tip off a bit and the new cut will ooze out the slimy gel again. It is also good for the scalp. After applying the gel, I will prepare the remaining gel for oral consumption.

Please read on for the preparation of the aloe vera juice.

Aloe Vera Juice

The aloe vera gel is quite tasteless, so it is quite palatable even taken as is. Cut the gel into smaller pieces and simply swallow them. For a more delicious drink, put them in the blender, add a bit of water and blend it together with whatever fruits of your choice. Or you can add the little bits of aloe vera to your fruit juice, which I always do. Even a little honey added will go a long way!

With the washing up of the blender/juicer and the rest, the external application would have taken effect and its just timely to wash up by taking a bath or a shower.

More Benefits of Aloe Vera

Actually I can end my article here, as I said earlier, this write-up is about my "affairs" with aloe vera, and not about aloe vera.

I just feel rather "naked" without giving some introduction and information about this plant. This hub (article) needs "proper clothing" to be presentable. Well, here I go; very briefly.

Aloe vera is perhaps the oldest and most universal herbal plant the world has ever known. This plant spread across cultures and nations. The Chinese call it the "harmonious remedy." The ancient Egyptians, the "herb of immortality" and the Russians revere it as the "elixir of youth."

Aloe vera contains 20 minerals (including calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, and selenium), 12 vitamins (including A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, and E), niacin, folic acid, 20 amino acids, and over 200 active components including enzymes and polysaccharides. All said, aloe vera contains ingredients that are both therapeutic as well as rejuvenating such that the whole human body is protected against ailments as well as being kept rejuvenated.

Below is a list of benefits from aloe vera:

  • Soothes and heals minor skin problems like cuts, burns, and rashes.
  • Helps to maintain a healthy digestive system.
  • Promotes skin repair, treats acne, eczema and oily skin.
  • Promotes healthy teeth and gums.
  • Stabilizes body weight and improves energy level.
  • Enhances the immune system.
  • Maintains healthy skin.
  • Provides much needed essential vitamins and minerals.

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      Juniorul 6 years ago

      nice article

      i've put some content in my blog also

      http://aloevera-cream.com

      hope you don't mind :)

      cheers

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      Justin Choo 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Juniorul,

      Not a problem. You can link my hub to yours too.

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      Lgali 6 years ago

      very useful info

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      Justin Choo 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Lgali,

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Renee S 6 years ago from Virginia

      I need to buy an aloe vera plant. Great hub.

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      Justin Choo 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Lovelypaper,

      Remember, it doesn't like too much water. Thanks for reading.

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      Dr irum 6 years ago

      Awesome and informative hub ,i did enjoyed reading related to this important and useful plant .Thanks

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      Justin Choo 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Dr irum,

      Nothing compare with your esteemed profession. I just like to share the things I do, hopefully beneficial till the end.

      Thanks for reading.

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      venuspop 6 years ago

      Thanks Good Guy. The information was very useful.

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      Justin Choo 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi venuspop,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Hope now you can make use of your aloe vera.

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      evilia_lim 6 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia

      Hi good guy :) A very nice hub of yours. I want to ask some questions, how to use aloe vera effectively to promote the hair growth, please? I believe there are many kinds of aloe vera, which one is good for scalp, and how to recognize it. Thank you.

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      Justin Choo 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi evilia_lim,

      Promoting hair growth is not that easy as you have been led to believe in commercial advertisements. It's like trying to gain back your youth when you are past 60!! This is the reality of life that some things cannot be controlled. It's nature's way and we need to accept this fact.

      Be that as it may, of course some have hair problem even at a young age. Then maybe there is a chance of success in the correct treatment that happens to suit them. Different people respond differently although using the same treatment. So there it goes.

      Sorry to be long-winded. Got carried way.

      Personally, I don't think aloe vera can promote hair growth. If this is possible then many people will be rich by now with aloe vera plants in their garden, including me!!(LOL) Hahaha!!!

      Of course, you can always try. No harm trying. If aloe vera is going to be effective, then use fresh aloe vera. No matter how convincing the commercial advertisers portray their aloe vera products, they cannot deny that the best one is fresh from the garden. So use fresh aloe vera and rub the jel on your scalp, as I have described in my article above.

      Hope you are successful with it. And please let me know if it works for you.

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      Get Rid Of Headaches Fast 5 years ago

      I remember my mother always kept an aloe vera plant in the kitchen in case she ever got burned when cooking. It truly has so many benefits with health issues.

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      JOSEPHINE 5 years ago

      GOOD GUY,

      I HAVE SEEN SO MANY TYPES OF ALOE VERA PLANTS. I AM NOW CONFUSED, ARE ALL TYPES OF ALOE VERA PLANTS HAVE MEDICAL

      BENEFITS?????

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Josephine,

      So far I've only seen the same type. On the average the matured leaf is about 1 1/2 feet long.

      The photo on top right was taken in my garden.

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      indi 5 years ago

      hi if i drink alovera daily....it is good for health?

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Indi,

      Unless you have certain allergies not compatible with aloe vera, drinking the juice daily will certainly help in maintaining good health.

      As for me, I always do things in moderation.

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      jahangeer 5 years ago

      Thank you Very-much i am suffering from hair loss ill use this gel.

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      chris 5 years ago

      Hi,

      I have another way to use Aloe. My grandma in Dominican Rep used it for cough and congestion as a remedy. In a glass bottle she would include aloe, honey,small red salad radishes and scallions(cebollin) using only the white part that looks like and onion. My Aunt use to give me a little like 2 tsp of coffee with aloe,no sugar.

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      val 4 years ago

      I wash it, cut it up with the green part, boil it, put it in a contanter with a top. I put it in the fridge and put it in my coffee maker when I make my coffee in the mornings.

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      Justin Choo 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Val,

      "You have to be careful slicing off the skin because there will be a thick yellowish liquid just between the skin and the gel. This sticky liquid can cause stomach upset if consumed. In fact it is used as a laxative. So unless you want this laxative for your bowels, you got to ensure that only the whitish transparent gel is used. You must also use the gel immediately as it is subject to oxidation, thereby losing much of its nutrients and healing properties."

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      aarthi 4 years ago

      hi..tiz is aarth.i hope that it vl be very useful

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      Fearkiller93 3 years ago

      hi ! :) ,... i wanted to know that how long should i wear aloe vera on my face? im confused T___T ,.... lolol xI :)

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      Justin Choo 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Good afternoon Fearkiller93,

      I don't think there is any hard rule concerning this. Just use your discretion. If I were to do it, I think 15 minutes should do.

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      Herbal Hills 3 years ago

      Great Blog!! Aloe Vera is really good for health. Your thought processing is wonderful. The way you tell the thing is awesome.

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      Justin Choo 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Good evening Herbal Hills,

      Thanks for the compliments.

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      Felisa Daskeo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Since I discovered aloe vera I began to love it. At first it was only for external use in cuts and burns. It is very effective but a friend told me that she is eating the gel. I tried it and it's good so that is what I do now.

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      Siobhan 2 years ago

      Good article, thanks for sharing. That is one of the healthiest aloe vera plant I have ever seen. :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i have two potted plants of these aloe vera trees but never made good use of them. thanks

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      Justin Choo 2 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi peachpurple,

      Now you can make good use of them. Thanks for visiting and comment.

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      Ola Holloman 2 years ago

      I didn't know aloe Vera , can grow outside. Mine are inside, winter here will kill them.

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      Tobias 2 weeks ago

      what a useful article. I miss a lot from this miracle plant

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