Traditionally used to help support blood sugar levels, inflammation, liver disorders, macular degeneration and more. *
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There are about 250 species of aloes native to arid areas of southeast and south Africa. Though varying in size from ground-hugging plants to small trees, they all show effective and necessary adaptation to drought, their thick fleshy leaves arranged in rosettes. From these spikes of red and yellow the flowers, rather like a delicately diffuse red hot poker, push up on smooth bare stems.
Only the little A. aristata has any chance of surviving a normal English winter, the Isles of Scilly excepted, of course, where in the garden of Tresco Abbey aloes hang out over old stone walls making a fine, if barbaric pattern.
But like Agave, a pot of Aloe vera (vera = true; the true health bitter aloes) makes an excellent focal point standing out from May to October. Though armed, it is not so aggressively eye-gouging as Agave. A fine clump can build up over the years without needing repotting, a summer feed or two will maintain health and vigour. Any small rosette taken off will root and such a plant kept on a kitchen window sill is valuable in two ways; to ensure an overwintering stock if the spare-bedroom specimen succumbs, and to be immediately to hand in case of burns. A broken leaf applied at once is extraordinarily comforting.
As a useful plant aloes have been used at least since the fourth century BC and they are still commercially grown.
Joseph Miller describes the eighteenth-century method of obtaining the necessary abstract; "it is made by gently pressing the leaves pluck'd from the roots, stroaking them downwards, by which the bitter juice, which is contain'd in particular veins, drops into vessels set under, and having stood all night, the thin liquor is pour'd off and the sediment is dry'd and harden'd in the sun, which is our Aloes".
It should be emphasized that, apart from the external application of a part of a leaf, aloes are not for home medication.
The famed bitter properties have, of course, passed into many languages as the classical opposite of sweetness. ("La côte d'Adam contient plus d'aloes que de miel" a suitably chauvinist remark from the French.) Pronunciation is apt to cause confusion; the genus Aloe has three syllables, the common name spelled the same has two.
How to Use the Herb
For internal use, aloe is taken as a powder made from the dried latex of its leaves and usually mixed with water or an alcohol-based extract and swallowed. The daily dose is 20-30 milligrams, divided into 2 or 3 separate doses.
Dosage: Of the gel and liquid, take two tablespoons three times daily in juice; of the powder, take one-half to one teaspoon.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
Aloe should not be taken internally by pregnant women or anyone with gastrointestinal problems, such as colitis, Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel syndrome.
Do not use for more than 10 days consecutively without professional medical attention.
This product is awesome. Tastes bad but that's the only down side. A month into buying this and my body had become regulated. My old scars are noticeably lighter and the newer ones are basically gone. I have more energy and I recommend this product and any other with aloe vera!
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