Aloe Vera – Power Packed Green Gem

Aloe Vera - Power Packed Green Gem
The Aloe Vera plant grows in practically every garden or pot. But do we utilize its full potential? 
Most people use Aloe for skin burns (it is the most effective treatment for burnt skin in the world), scratches or insect irritations. However the plant is believed to be capable of much more. So what do we (SpurTopians) use Aloe Vera for?

Drink it in smoothies. We once used just the clear gel in the leaf but now put the whole leaf along with other fruit and leafy greens and flowers into a blender to make morning smoothies. The clear gel is actually tasteless. The yellow sap right under the green skin is bitter, but does not affect the taste at all, and has a disinfecting quality.
Alternative medicine uses Aloe for all sorts of health ailments - it is good for the health of the digestive system by supporting good bacteria in the intestines and repelling parasites and worms. It reduces blood sugar and cholesterol.

Skin moisturizer. It can be used on dry skin or after shaving. It's also good for skin and nappy rash as well as eczema. It provides healing for sun burn and scald burns and a cooling effect. It also mitigates blisters.
Toothpaste
Take an Aloe Vera leaf, cut it lengthwise down the middle and scoop out the clear gel which is tasteless. Add bi-carb soda and mix it well. The ratio of Aloe gel to bi-carb soda is approx  3:1. If you want a bit of freshness, add chopped mint leaf into the mixture. You can store it in a fridge for several days.

As Hair shampoo, it is very simple to use. Just scoop out the gel and rub it into the hair like traditional shampoo and then wash it away.

Hope the above has inspired you to use Aloe Vera much more . We are going to write about Aloe Vera cake and garden fertilizer soon, so watch this space.

Did you know that in Egypt, Aloe vera was referred to as "immortality plant" and native Americans referred to it as "Wand of the Heaven." Aloe vera is so powerful, it is used to cure  certain skin cancers and  now there is a lot of research into its use in the AIDS and cancer fight. 
Aloe Vera toothpaste with mint

Organic, fresh, free of chemicals toothpaste



2 comments:

  1. Thank you for your inspiring talk at the Victoria Point Library which a friend and I attended last week. We have been sustainably conscious for many years, but still found your energy and enthusiasm reminded us of many things we had forgotten and got out of doing over time. You reconnected us to things and gave us so many new ides.
    So I am back to sprouting, loving my little patch of garden,
    Thanks again Tiiu von Kymmel

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  2. Oh I am going to try that as shampoo. I read about that years ago but never tried it.

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