Aloe Vera: The Natural Healing Choice
Aloe Vera: When only the real thing is good enough
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For many years I have found Aloe Vera to be useful for an enormous number of problems. I use it regularly on my skin for its soothing and healing properties, and internally to calm an acid stomach or to line a sore throat, or to damp down a tummy ache.
In our house we call it 'Nature's Miracle Plant', despite the fact that science has been unable, or unwilling, to authenticate its many traditional uses. But I don't mind that. Magazines like 'Nature', 'New Scientist' and 'Scientific America' have taught me one thing; we don't know much about anything really. New discoveries are being made almost daily, within our bodies or the environment, about plantlife and animal life, and it just seems we are constantly playing catchup.
However, my enthusiasm for all things Aloe, had a fairly shaky start. If you had told me a few years ago that Aloe Vera was a miracle plant, I would have put you in the 'New Age tree hugging category' and left it at that. I had no experience of it and so would have instantly dismissed anything you told me about it. If it didn't come on prescription, then it was a waste of time. Yes, I know now, neanderthal thinking, but it was what it was.
My purpose here is not to sell you Aloe products. Heaven knows there are enough sites trying to do that already. My purpose here is to encourage you to grow your own Aloe plants and to use your home grown gel, for yourself and your family. You can either buy my plants from this site, or you can buy someone else's, but get one from somewhere. If you look after it well, it will look after you for many years to come.
The healing properties of Aloe Vera have been written about for centuries, known about for millenia, if not forever, and yes, probably even neanderthal man had a use for it at some stage. People have acknowledged its many health-giving and curative effects, and the only thing I would advise, if you haven't done so already, is to give it a try for yourself. Not the stuff that comes as a 5% additive in some greasy, paraben laden product, but the real plant, with juice and gel straight from the leaf.
The variety that I grow is called Barbadensis Miller, and is the variety regarded as containing the best medicinal qualities of all the Aloe family, often used for its medicinal, antiseptic, healing and soothing properties. A fact not missed by many commercial producers of products containing Aloe Vera, such as creams, lotions, shampoo, first-aid salves, tissues, colon cleanse tablets and detox products, even blinking toilet rolls. Sun cream, hand soap, either bars or in a liquid dispenser, washing up liquid, bubble bath, Aloe tea and lip therapy sticks. You can even buy an Aloe drink now at some supermarkets, which you'd think was a good thing, until you see the ingredients list and notice the manufacturer has pumped it full of sugar, and even worse, sweeteners.
I don't use many commercially produced Aloe products, mainly because I use my own natural and pure product straight from the plant. But anyway, I don't really trust manufacturers not to boil it, filter it and preserve it to death, or add ingredients that only go to satisfy colour, taste, clarity or longevity requirements.
What benefits should I expect to see using the juice or gel from my Aloe plant?
The health benefits of Aloe can be found on this page. There you will find lots of information.
Where can I buy your Aloe plants?
Visit the order page and click on one of the buy buttons. Please restrict sales to addresses in the UK as overseas plant delivery is mightily expensive and also long winded. Plants generally don't like being in the dark for long periods, such as that endured with international postal delays.
How should I use the Aloe leaf, gel and juice?
We call Aloe 'Nature's First Aid Kit' and this how to use your Aloe page will have some tips and uses that you may find helpful.
Is it easy to grow Aloe Vera?
Yes, in some ways it's easier than growing weeds, because the more you leave it alone, the better it likes it and the faster it grows. Find all the growing tips you will need on our grow your own Aloe plants page. There is certain criteria that is important, such as location, type of growing medium, amount of sunshine, things like that, but that is true of any plant. The secret of Aloe, is leave the water in the tap. More on that on the growing page.
Are your Aloe plants ORGANIC?
I do know how important it is nowadays to have organic alternatives and to farm in an organic and sustainable way. But I cannot tell you that my plants are organic, no, because my plants are not Soil Association Certified or Verified. This is an important note for purchasers, but I also want to make something very clear.
I have been growing my own Aloe Vera plants for well over 10 years. Almost all the stock I sell are grown here at The Haven, except when stock runs really low, when I may have to buy in temporarily, from a reputable and responsible supplier. All new plants sold form as 'buddies' or 'pups' off the parent plant, and some of the pups are grown on to give me a steady supply of parent plants. I sell them when they are 6, 7 or 8" tall, not as the tiny slivers you sometimes get from eBay or Gumtree.
They are planted in hillside soil dug from my own garden, sifted and mixed with perlite and washed sand to make a cactus style compost. I also make a compost from the plants that come from my own vegetable plot, garden leaves, grass clippings, bonfire ash and kitchen waste. This rots down to enrich the compost I make. I do not use pesticides or artificial fertilizer. In my honest appraisal, this to me means 'organic', or as close as I can make it.
I hope one day that you will be as enthusiastic as me about all the uses to which you can put your Aloe plant, but maybe not quite as obsessed as my dear wife thinks I am. Perhaps your own endeavours will demonstrate some new ways to enhance everyone's health, when we can share your ideas on this website if you so wish. I just like growing them and promote the use of Aloe Vera every chance I get, because it's important that everyone gets the chance to grow their own and enjoy the many benefits that come from its use.
I've been using Aloe Vera for many years now. I'm so convinced of its efficacy that I reach first for my Aloe, and second for the medicine cabinet. This is not to prove any kind of point, but if Aloe has something to offer for a particular situation, then I would rather do that first, and go conventional for any additional support. But I'm not saying this to encourage you to make any changes in your response to injury or disease, you must continue to do what you feel is right. I only offer that Aloe Vera may be an alternative that you can try alongside your current medication or treatment plan. If you find that you are achieving a faster, better result, over time, then this may be enough to convince you to allow Aloe Vera to play a larger part in your healing plan. But please do this gradually, so that you feel it is the right thing for you, based on your own experience and conviction. Thanks for visiting my website, and I look forward to sending you your aloe vera plant very soon. Best wishes, Phil.