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Friday, April 8, 2011

Health Segment ~ A Plant for Your Kitchen

I have learned over the years how freeing it is to handle health issues naturally.  One of the first experiences with this newfound discovery of natural methods came in the form of the Aloe Vera plant.  Now, I would not want a kitchen without this handy plant.  Sometimes called the burn plant, it has helped me and other members of our family instantly when we get a burn from a mishap in the kitchen.  It is soothing and begins to take affect within a short period of time.  Just pinch off a small portion of an outer leaf and then squeeze the inside gel out right onto the burn.  Aloe is also very good at stopping bleeding.  When my husband got a knick from shaving one day, he kept trying to get it to stop before heading off to work.  Nothing he did seemed to help.  I broke off a piece of Aloe and applied the gel and it congealed the blood.  I have several children with dry, itchy skin problems.  Aloe is a wonderful treatment for that.  It acts as a moisturizer and hydrates the skin.  After being absorbed in the skin, it actually helps regenerate new skin cells.  When my children get ant bites or mosquito bites, it has helped soothe the itching from those.  You can apply as needed.  With burns, I allow my children to apply whenever the sting comes back.  Aloe also works wonders on cold and mouth sores.  The drawback is that Aloe tastes pretty bad, but it is not harmful to ingest.  My mother became sold on this plant because she develops frequent fever blisters and she will apply it straight to the blister at the first sign.  When she has done this, it has never festered very big and has gone away within a short amount of time.  The great thing about Aloe is it can be grown easily indoors.  It doesn't like a lot of water since it is a succulent, which makes it even easier to care for it.  If you haven't already, give this little plant a try.  I think you will be amazed and very pleased with all the health benefits you will gain from it.

7 comments:

Robin said...

I love our aloe plants! Our Pediatrician even recommended taking the juice internally. I haven't been brave enough to try it from my plants, but have gotten some at the store.

His bondservant said...

I'm with you Robin...I know it is really good for you, but I haven't gotten that brave either!

Ma said...

I used to have an aloe plant, now I want another!

Sgt Zapple said...

My grandmother used to have a HUGE Aloe plant in her house that would not stop growing. She spackled us with that plant so many times but it always worked. I however managed to kill one in college. Well, not kill it but I did give it away before it got worse. With our boys I may just have to give it another go. Thanks for the reminder.

Sarah said...

When we lived in Australia for a year in 2006 we had a few Aloe plants in our garden...but I did never think it would grow indoors! We used it often on any sunburned areas and it worked so well. I also used to take the Aloe juice drink...I knew it was supposed to be healthy so I got it for that reason...it tasted pretty yucky though!

I was lucky enough to receive my Above Rubies today, I just loved reading your testimony! Thank you for sharing your story!

Great post Jackie!

Cinnamon said...

That must be why I always kill my Aloe plants ---- I over water them!

Thanks for clarifying that for me. Now I can go buy a new one and totally ignore it and it will live long and flourish :-)

Thank you for popping over to our blog. I like the color red too :-)

~Cinnamon

Camille said...

I remember my Mom having an Aloe Vera plant when I was a child. It was a blessing to have. I just bought some of the juice from the health food store for our child with Crohn's...it's supposed to help heal the intestines. Apparently it does taste yucky though...

Blessings,
Camille