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What Is Aloe Vera

Updated on May 7, 2018

Aloe Vera the Most Talked About Therapeutic Plant!

Aloe is a plant. All over the world today, Aloe Vera is a common household plant. Almost everyone has one. The Aloe Vera plant is one of the most talked about plants, when it is mentioned in alternative and natural health care circles. It is also known in this circle as the "burn plant", the first aid plant, the "medicine plant" and the miracle plant.

It's botanical name is Aloe Barbadensis, and most agree, the plant came from the warm dry area of India and Africa. However, today the plant is found in many parts of the world over.

The plant is a topical plant, but the root is capable of surviving freezing temperature as long as the ground does not freeze as occurred in the winter of 1983-1984, when at least ninety per cent of the Aloe Vera crop grown in the Rio Grand Valley of Texas was froze out, destroying some five thousand acres of the valuable Aloe Vera crop. Because if the temperature drops below forty five degree Fahrenheit the leaves could be damaged and server nutrient loss can occur at temperature below thirty five degrees.

On the other hand, Aloe Vera will grow in 120 degree Fahrenheit and can even survive at temperatures much higher. The plant can go many months without water and survive long term droughts and is capable of thriving in the wet jungles, as long as the root of the plant does not stand in water which would drown the plant.

Aloe Vera Background.

About the Stabilizing Process Today

The Aloe Vera plant contains over 250 natural nutrients, vitamins and enzymes essential to our overall health and the ingredients have been well documented over many, many years. It is believed, that perhaps some of the vital ingredients in the plant have not been identified as of this writing and the most important ingredients are yet to be discovered.

Most believe that the active ingredients found in the plant, in their totality, work in concert to achieve the maximum optimum results ...we also believe this to be true.

In the past, the internal consumption of the Aloe Vera plant was limited to the gel. But thanks to new technologies and special processes, it is now possible to use the active ingredients of the whole plant without the emodin (laxative part of the plant). It is now possible to make a stabilized, cold processed, whole leaf concentration, while saving the vital active ingredients. With the sophisticated filtering process, the undesirable emodin and other laxatives can easily and safely be removed. This is very important as the outer leaf has the highest level of the active ingredients which allows Aloe Vera plant to work its magic.

Think Outside the Box ...Newest Technology

So, for now, there you have it. You have read many articles about drinking Aloe Vera in the past, with the fear of it being an uncontrollable laxative. Relax, as we have stated, with the newest technology and the sophisticated filtering process, it is now safe to drink and enjoy the healing juice of one of the most talked about plants in the circle of alternative and natural health remedies.

I'm sure you will continue to read from time to time, these same articles in the future ...but, as was once said, one must learn to think, out of the box; the box being, how one thinks about and views of traditional medicine. The box, keeps you confined to believing that the only answer to any condition is in prescription medicine...the box. When you take responsibility for your own health and step out of the box; take a look at the alternative and natural ways of helping conditions such as the A-Z conditions with this miracle plant known as Aloe Vera, you will begin to enjoy the befits that many others have enjoyed for years ...without the fear of side effects and toxicity.

In conclusion, do your homework and "know your supplier".

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    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      ginajane ...Please take the time and read my other articles ...I am sure you will find many interesting advice on some of your questions. My best to your health!

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      ginajane grey 

      6 years ago

      Hi! I live in the phil. My husband just recently been diagnosed with peptic ulcer. In my country, we have lots of Aloe Vera plants people don't care about. Is Aloe Vera good for ulcers in the small intestines? Is it really safe to just cut open the plant and eat it? He also has constipation problems.. Is aloe Vera good for Cancer Victimes like me? Had it in my breast and now possibly in my lungs after 3 years of remission. would appreciate your input gjcody! god bless!

    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Catharina ...very interesting!

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      8 years ago

      Hi all, I have my own aloe vera plants at my back yard. I prefer the original aloe vera juice rather than the processed ones. I cut the leaf, open it up with a knive and scoop the gel and blend it with a green apple and mineral water..and drink it immediately. Wou so delicious and I also bulp. After i scooped the gel I don't throw the leaf instead i use it on my face and neck as a mosturizer. I am 57 yrs old but my stamina is of a 27 yrs old lady..I am in perfect health.

    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Rich ...there are so many stories out there just like you have read about. I can tell you some of my own fact I had a spot on my leg that was very iffy ...if you know what I mean best friend wanted me to go to the Doctor as it looked like it was on the edge of perhaps cancer. I can not say as I never had it checked. But I can tell you I had it for over 10 years and it was at the point of bleeding whenever I rubbed it.

      So I put aloe gel on it with a bandage and never let it dry. I just kept changing the bandage and adding new aloe gel and is gone ...It took about a 6 month period of time ...but it is gone and you can not see where it was. Sometimes it is hard for me to believe. I wish I had taken pictures.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment ...please stop by again.

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      9 years ago

      Aloe Vera, and a few other medicinal aloes such as Aloe Ferox have proven to be very beneficial to cancer and even AIDS patients. The aloes have a powerful effect on the immune system. There is more info about this on the web.

      I bought a book about aloe vera and there was a story in it about a farmer in Mexico who cut an aloe vera leaf open on one side so the gel was exposed, and wrapped the whole leaf on to the leg of a cow where it had just been bitten by a Rattlesnake. By the next day the cow's leg was almost healed!

    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you frogyfish for coming by ...I appreciate your comments on Aloe Vera.

      Yes is a remarkeable plant ...much used for it and so many people do not even have a clue it uses.

      You are welcome to come back anytime best to your success!

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      9 years ago from Central United States of America

      "Think out of the box...and take responsibility for your own health", right on and thank you for all this well compressed information on aloe vera. I have had some of the different household plants of aloe for years, using them on burns and sunburn. I think yours are much more medicinal. Thank you for sharing this hub info!

    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      hsofyan are so lucky to have aloe at your finger tips. We have to have it shipped to our location. It is only good if it is grown in a very warm climate. And of course, my area is not very warm a matter of fact ..there is snow on the grown right not. But it is worth it to have it shipped to us to distribute it to as many people as we can. We need to get the word out there about how good it is for a person to drink.

      Thank you for stopping by ...please come by again best to you and your health.

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      9 years ago from Indonesia

      There are lots of aloe vera in Indonesia. Here, more used to the hair vitamins. In addition, also as a health drink, and drink fresh. Best regards..

    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thank you AEvans ..for the connection. I appreciate your input. I will be by to read your article and Aloe Vera is always put to use in this house. We say,"get it in you or on you!"

      Please stop by again best to you!

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      10 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      When I resided in Az we had a couple of these in our yard and believe me they were put to use. Very informative and I mentioned you in my recent article about hubbers. See you soon and keep up the great articles!!

    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      terenceyap07 ...Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your comment. 

      Yes, I did know that Aloe Vera is good for cuts and it is good to have your input on this.  We have a gel that is one of the products that I talk about all the time that will replace a lot of things in your medicine cabinet.

      Aloe on a cut will regenerate the cell growth faster.  You are correct. 

      As far as the laxative, our aloe has the aloin removed that does cause the laxative effect.  This is the biggest problem we have is overriding the fact that it was used as a laxative in the past and in some countries ...still is being used this way. The medical journals are still reporting this fact ...but there is new updated information with aloe vera juice and many people are enjoying all of the benefits.  

      I thank you for coming by and for joining my fans ...please stop by again best to your health!!


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      10 years ago from Singapore

      Hi gjcody,

      Did you know that allow vera is also used as a natural disinfectant? In Singapore, we use it (fresh) to apply onto cuts and abrasions. Infections do not occur and the skin heals very quickly. And yes, we also use it as a natural laxative with no harmful side effects. LOL!

      Thank you for the detailed information on Aloe Vera.

    • gjcody profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thanks chaser4 ...I find myself in the box a lot.  We all need to know more about thinking out of the box.  Lifestyle gets us caught up in it as the first thing we think is we need medicine.  But if only people could see that there was a time when people relied on plants for the answer.  Believe me, I am not a "don't go to the doctor freek."  ...I just believe that a lot of prevention is certainly worth looking at ...for sure! 

      Look at the animals.  Have you ever seen a dog eat grass?  Well, they eat it because they are not feeling well.  We take them out of their environment and yes ...they end up with medicine instead.  Interesting! 

      Thanks for reading ...stop back!  My best to your health!

    • chaser4 profile image


      10 years ago

      Hey gjcody, thanks for letting us know about the ....Box. The box will get us in trouble everytime.......we all have to learn how to think out of the, for sure.

      Great information.


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