About Aloe Vera Plant

About Aloe Vera Plant


Taxonomy

Scientific name - Aloe barbadensis
Common name – Aloe vera
Planting time   - Spring
Bloom time      – Spring or summer
Habitat             – Rocky slopes
Uses                 – House plant, garden, medicinal


Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Plantae
Division - Magnoliophyta
Class - Magnoliopsida
Order - Liliales
Family -Liliaceae
Genus - Aloe
Species - barbadensis


meaning of the name

There are many types of aloe plants in the world. Aloe vera is just one type, although it is, to be sure, the best known of the aloes. Perhaps that's why Linnaeus referred to this aloe as vera (Latin for "true"). The term stuck as part of the common name, but for the scientific name, many now prefer the designation of Philip Miller, a Scottish botanist: Aloe barbadensis. Miller's species name, barbadensis means "of Barbados." That's a rather misleading name, since most experts do not believe the plants to be native to Barbados (asserting, instead, that they were brought there by the Spaniards).
As for the genus name, Aloe, the Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word derives from the Greek, aloe. Other sources claim the name of aloe vera is derived from Arabic word ‘alloeh’ which means bitter.

Other common names of aloe
miracle plant, Burn plant, medicine plant, first-aid-plant. natural beautifier, silent healer, burn plant, lily of the desert, elephant's gall, plant of immortality etc.

International names of aloe vera:

alces, aloe capensis, aloe curacao, aloe vera, aloes, aloès, aloès du Cape, aloès fèroce, aloes vrai, aloès vulgaire, alovis, Barbadoes aloe, Barbadoes aloes, Barbados aloe, Bergaalwyn, Bitteraalwyn, Cape aloe, chirukattali, Curacao aloe, Curacao aloes, Curacao alos, Echte Aloe, ghai kunwar, ghai kunwrar, gheekuar, ghikanvar, ghikuar, ghikumar, ghikumari, ghikwar, ghiu kumari, ghirita, ghrita kumari, ghritakumari, grahakanya, gwar-patha, haang takhe, hlaba, Indian aloe, jadam, korphad, kumari, kumaro, kunvar pata, kunwar, laloi, laluwe, lo-hoei, lo-hoi, lou-houey, lu wei, luchuy, manjikattali, Mediterranean aloe, murr sbarr, musabar, rokai, sabbara, saber, sábila, sabilla, sabr, saibr, savila, savilla, semper vivum, shubiri, sibr, siang-tan, star cactus, tuna, umhlaba, Venezuela aloe, waan haang charakhe, wan-hangchorakhe, yaa dam, yadam, zábila, zambila

Creole - sink-am-bible
Dansk (Danish) - aloesaft, aloe
Français (French) - aloès
Ελληνική (Greek)  - (φυτολ.) αλόη
Hawaii (Hawwai’i) - Aloi, pänini 'awa'awa
India - Kumari, kattarvala Korphad in Maharashtra, Ghrtakumari(Hindi/Sanskrit: घृतकुमारी) or Gheekvar,  GheeKanwar  (घीक्वार), GwarPatha in Rajasthan,  kattar vazha in Kerala, Katralai or katraazhai in Tamil: கற்றாழை)
Indonesia - Lidah Buaya.
Mexico and Latin America – savia, sabila, savila
Nederlands (Dutch) - aloë(sap)
Nepal - ghui kumari
Pakistan - Quargandal
Português (Portuguese) - aloés, áloe (m) (f) (Bot.)
Русский (Russian) - алоэ, сок алоэ, применяемый в медицине
Español (Spanish) - áloe, lináloe, acíbar, zabila
Tahiti - rapahoe
Thailand - Crocodile Tail (Thai: ว่านหางจระเข้) plant.
中文(简体)(Chinese (Simplified)) lu hui, nu hui, no hui, xiang dan
芦荟, 芦荟油
中文(繁體)(Chinese (Traditional)) - 蘆薈, 蘆薈油
한국어 (Korean) - 노회(백합과의 식물), 침향
日本語 (Japanese) – rokai, アロエ, アロエ汁
العربيه (Arabic) - ‏(الاسم) نبات الصبر : ينبت في افريقيا تستخرج منه عصاره تستخدم في الطب‏
עברית (Hebrew) - n. - אלווי (צמח-נוי)

description of aloe vera plant

There are over 250 species (some sources mentioning about 450) of Aloes in the world and numerous hybrids, mostly native to Africa and Mediterranean. They range in size from little one inch miniatures to massive plant colonies consisting of hundreds of 2 foot diameter plants. All Aloes are semi tropical succulent plants, and may only be grown outdoors in areas where there is no chance of freezing (USDA zones 10-11). However, they make excellent house plants when they are given sufficient light.
Aloe vera, also known as the medicinal aloe, is an evergreen perennial succulent. It is stemless or short-stemmed.  Although there are many Aloe's the term Aloe Vera (“true Aloe”) refers to the Aloe Barbadensis Miller growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a slow rate.
The plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Aloe vera leaf

Aloe vera leaves are fleshy and thick, greyish green, growing to about 50 - 75cm long, with serrated margins that are pinkish with many small spines. The leaf surfaces are sometimes marked with white flecks or spots.
Fully grown the plant stands 60 to 100 cm (24 -39 in) high, and a mature leaf is 7 to 10 cm across at the base, weighing 1.5 to 2 kg. Each plant usually has 12-16 leaves that, when mature may weigh up to 3 pounds. The plants can be harvested every 6-8 weeks by removing 3 to 4 leaves per plant.
The lower leaf of the plant is used for medicinal purpose. If the lower leaf is sliced open, the gel obtained can be applied on the affected area of the skin. Leaves and seeds are the two edible parts of Aloe Vera.

The Aloe leaf structure is made up of four layers:
Rind - the outer protective layer; green colored part of the leaf, up to 15 cells thick.
Sap - a layer of bitter fluid which helps protect the plant from animals; cells that contain aloin
Mucilage Gel - the inner part of the leaf that is filleted out to make Aloe Vera gel. The gel is surrounded by the mucilage layer that contains the high value polysaccharides.
Gel - Aloe Vera (inner gel) contains the 8 essential Amino Acids that the human body needs but cannot manufacture. Gel (parenchyma)   this part you'll find in high quality Aloe products (contains 200+ nutrients).
 
Aloe Vera has a bitter taste which can be unpleasant in the raw state. It is possible to get used to the taste of plain Aloe Vera gel, but if you can't the addition of some fruit juice helps to make it more palatable.
There is much confusion between Aloe Vera Gel and Aloe Vera Juice with the two often being thought synonymous. The term Gel refers to the inner leaf only, whereas Juice refers to “Aloe Latex” a bitter substance found just under the skin of the leaf.

Flowers
Older specimens (usually after 4 years) may even bloom, producing a tall stock covered with bright colored coral flowers.  The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). The flowers are yellow, tubular, and up to 3 cm (1.2 in) long, with anthers and stigma protruding. The flowers are borne in cylindrical racemes on a branched panicle up to 90 cm tall.
The nectar from Aloe flowers is a favorite food for hummingbirds!
   
   


Buying aloe plant tips

This plant usually grows slowly inside a house–purchase a large, more mature plant if possible. If a young plant is your only option, you can still use it for first aid treatments but know it will take a few years to get large.
Young aloe plants are potent enough to use for first aid treatments, but the more mature plant offers a stronger potency, strength does increase with age.
The first step is to make sure your plant actually is an Aloe vera as there are many plants that look rather like it. It's not that the occasional look-alike accidentally creeps in among the Aloe vera plants. Many of these leaf succulent rosette plants are perfectly good houseplants or garden perennials for warm climates so garden centres sell them (and seed companies sell the seeds) and people (even ones who know what these plants really are) grow or even collect them. It may well be more the case of picking the Aloe vera out from the other Aloes, Gasterias, Agaves etc. To see more aloe vera species - names and pictures follow next external links:
Aloe has a (or often more than one) rosette of, pale green fleshy leaves with a few white spots on a short stem that's normally hidden in the middle. The leaves curl upwards to form an urn shape. It grows up to about 1m tall but is normally 20-30cm. There are small whitish teeth round the edge of the leaves. It is not a cactus and therefore does NOT have hairy patches (areoles) thus eliminating cacti with leaf like stems (e.g. Epiphyllum and Opuntia) or leaf like tubercles (e.g. Ariocarpus and Leuchtenbergia). The leaves on small plants are in a fan shaped arrangement (discidous) but if your plant has leaves 10cm long or more, still in this arrangement, you've probably got a different Aloe or a Gasteria. If you look in the centre of the rosette, you should be able to see progressively smaller leaves spiralling down to nothing. If the central leaves are rolled together to form a cone, you've almost certainly got an Agave. Other Aloes vary hugely from small grass like plants to sizable trees but they often have darker leaves and/or more vicious teeth than A. vera and grow somewhat larger. Aloe vera has yellow, tubular flowers that don't open up much at the ends. Almost all Aloes have flowers that are a similar shape. It isn't the only yellow flowered Aloe but other species have various flower colours. An Aloe like plant with flowers that open out flat is probably a Bulbine.

Growing aloe vera in your garden

Because Aloe plants are very succulent and consist of 95% water, they are extremely frost tender. If they are grown outdoors in warm climates, they should be planted in full sun, or light shade. The soil should be moderately fertile, and fast draining. Established plants will survive a drought quite well, but for the benefit of the plant, water should be provided.
Because of their popularity, Aloe vera plants are available at almost every garden shop or nursery. Unless you live in area with a
very mild climate, it's best to leave your Aloe plant in the pot and place it near a window that gets a lot of sun. You can move the pot outdoors during the summer months.
Aloe vera is a succulent, and as such, stores a large quantity of water within its leaves and root system. During the winter months, the plant will become somewhat dormant, and utilize very little moisture. During this period watering should be minimal. Allow the soil to become completely dry before giving the plant a cup or two of water. During the summer months, the soil should be completely soaked, but then be allowed to dry again before re-watering.
Aloes have a shallow, spreading root system so when it is time to repot choose a
wide planter, rather than a deep one. Use a planter with a drainage hole, or provide a 1-2 inch layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot to ensure adequate drainage. Use a good commercial potting mix with extra perlite, granite grit, or coarse sand added. You may also use a packaged 'cacti mix' soil. Fertilize yearly, in the spring with a dilute (half strength), bloom type fertilizer (10-40-10).
Aloes are propagated by removing the offsets which are produced around the base of mature plants, when they are a couple inches tall
(or larger). They may also be grown from seed.
Aloe plants are not very frost tolerant. If they are grown outdoors in warmer climates they should be planted in full sunlight, or partial shade. Apply a balanced liquid feed during the growing season.
For growing Aloe Vera indoors its best to place it near a window that gets a lot of sun. During summer you can move the pot outside.
Watering should be kept to a minimum during the winter months but during summer the plant will require a lot of water.
It reaches the maturity in four years when the leaves are harvested. A plant can live for 25 years.

Cultivation of aloe vera

The most common issue with care is watering. Like most succulent plants, they have limited water requirements. Allow soil to dry completely between waterings; then drench the pot so that water runs out the drainage holes in the bottom into a saucer, and drain. In the winter months plants take up less moisture, so be especially careful not to over water. If your Aloe receives enough light to bloom, remove the flower stalk when it is finished blooming.
Feed Aloes with diluted plant food in spring. An organic kelp fertilizer or worm castings are good choices for indoor use. It seldom has problems with pests or diseases. They can be grown from seed, or propagated by removing the offshoots produced by the parent plant. Small plants are easy to find at garden centers and discount stores.
In hot climates, Aloe is used in masses in the landscape. It naturally forms colonies and the distinctive pointed leaves and tall flower stalks can be quite showy. Pair with other xerophytic plants such as agave, yucca, and cactus. Plant one to two feet apart.

Sunlight

The Aloe vera plant needs bright light for its growth, but harsh sunlight can sometimes damage the leaves. Dark brown or orange spots may appear on the leaves, indicating sunburn. These spots may be flaky, or in some cases, the entire leaf may turn orange. Hence, it is better to keep the plant in a shaded place with lots of indirect sunlight. If you want it as an indoor plant, then make sure that it gets sufficient bright light. You can keep it near an east or west facing window and if the pot is placed on a windowsill, then try to avoid direct sunlight. During winters, keep the plant indoors and ensure sufficient bright light.


Soil and Fertilizer

The soil for planting aloe vera should be well drained. A potting mix with sand, pumice and perlite is suggested. Nowadays, commercial potting mixes are also available. You can go for pre-packaged 'cacti and succulent mix', as it facilitates good drainage. Diluted plant foods can be used(once a year) in spring. For indoor aloe vera plants, an organic kelp fertilizer or worm castings are beneficial.
 Feed with a cactus fertilizer in the summer only. Suspend feeding in the winter as the plant goes dormant.

Watering

Aloe vera has fleshy leaves, which enable the plant to store water. Hence, the water requirement of this plant is very less and over watering can cause rotting. Water the plant, only when the soil is dry. You can water it once or twice a month and very scarcely during winter. Always grow this plant in pots with drainage holes, as these holes help to drain out excess water.
Do not let water stand in the rosettes

Repotting

A healthy aloe vera plant grows very fast and produces many shoots. If the plant has outgrown the pot and the pot is filled with roots, then you can start repotting. Don't allow the new shoots to grow beyond 3 to 4 inches, as these shoots suck energy from the mother plant. This affects the health of the mother plant, which is characterized by the horizontal growth of leaves. Hence, remove the shoots when they are 3 to 4 inches long and replant them. It is beneficial to use terracotta pots, as they are porous and allow water drainage. Water them at the time of replanting and avoid watering for the next three weeks. It is normal for these new plants to change their color to gray or brown, during the initial stages of replanting.

If the leaves are growing flat, try to provide bright light. If the growth rate of the plant is very slow, then change the potting mixture and stop using fertilizers. If you want to harvest the leaves, go for the ones which are closest to the ground. Aloe vera plant cannot stand frost or snow. Hence, keep it indoors, during these seasons. Otherwise, it is very easy to take care of the plant. You can also grow some aloe vera plants and enjoy its benefits.
Aloes have a shallow, spreading root system, so when it is time to repot choose a wide planter, rather than a deep one. Use a planter with a drainage hole, or provide a 1-2 inch layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot to ensure adequate drainage. Choose a pot that has a good drainage, do not use plastic because it will not absorb excess moisture. Always choose a clay pot. Use a good commercial potting mix with extra perlite, granite grit, or coarse sand added. You may also use a packaged 'cacti mix' soil. Fertilize yearly, in the spring with a dilute (half strength), bloom type fertilizer (10-40-10).
Aloes are propagated by removing the offsets which are produced around the base of mature plants, when they are a couple inches tall (or larger). They may also be grown from seed.
Temperature: Prefers warmer temperatures of 70ºF to 80ºF, but will survive down to 40ºF
 
Growing Tips
  • Aloe Vera can be planted indoors or outdoors, but will turn brown in harsh sunlight so plant in indirect light.
  • Will freeze, make sure to protect it during frost dangers. Not suitable for wintering over in cold weather zones.
  • Will grow faster outside than inside, but definitely makes a good indoor plant.
  • Use well-drained sandy potting soil, a good quality commercial potting mix with extra perlite, granite grit, or coarse sand are added is recommended. Cacti and succulent mixes may also be used.
Watering
  • Aloe Vera is a succulent, don’t overwater.
  • Allow the soil to become fairly dry before watering. Lightly water during winter months since the drying out will be slower.
  • If planting in a pot, make sure there is a drainage hole so the water can drain easily.
Repotting
  • When the plant is rootbound it will be top heavy and will send out more new shoots or pups, repot.
  • Remove new shoots when they are 3 to 4 inches high and replant in their own pots. If you don’t, they will suck life from the mother plant. Signs of this happening: The mother plant will get bright green and spread its leaves horizontally rather than vertically.
  • Water the pups well when repotting then don’t water again for about 3 weeks, forcing the new roots to get strong and seek water. They may turn grey or brown initially, this is normal. These make great gifts so give freely!
Pots and planter used for growing Aloe vera plants:
·    You should always choose a wide planter for growing aloe vera plants as the root system of aloe vera plants is shallow and spreading. The pot should have a drainage hole for better drainage facility. Use the mixture of perlite, coarse sand and granite grit for better flourishing of the aloe vera plants. You can use fertilizers some time for better results.

Symptoms Of Poor Plant Care
  • Leaves lie flat instead of upright: usually because of insufficient light.
  • Leaves are thin and curled: plant is not being watered enough, it’s using up its own liquid.
  • Leaves are brown: too much direct sunlight.
  • Very slow growth: High alkaline soil or water; too damp for too long; not enough light; too much fertilizer.
Removing Leaves
  • Harvest leaves as you need, the plant wound is quickly sealed and healed. The leaf will not grow back, choose those closest to the ground as they are the most mature and most potent.
 How To Cut A Leaf
  • Remove the leaf from the plant with a sharp knife.
  • Trim the thorny edges from the severed leaf, then slice the leaf across its width. The inner transparent, gooey gel is ready to be applied directly to the afflicted area. Use generously, it will be absorbed by the skin within several minutes.
  • After the gel from the first layer of ruptured cells has run dry, scratch the surface with a clean knife to rupture more cells, releasing more juice. This can be continued until there is nothing but green skin left.
How Long Will A Leaf Last
  • Wrap partially used leaves in foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate, it will last for days.
Consuming The Plant Directly
  • The colorless pulp is tasteless, but first rinse off the bitter yellow sap. Peel the green skin from the pulp, then rinse off the sap with cool water.
 Maintenance: Aloe is affected by even light frosts, and in areas where winter temperatures fall below 41°F (5°C), it is best grown as a pot plant and brought indoors in cool weather. It makes an excellent indoor plant in good light.

Popularity of aloe vera

Aloe Vera was equally popular among ancient kings and queens, not only for its skin improving ability, but also for various other reasons. So lets look at some of the most famous people from around the world that popularized the use of Aloe Vera in one way or the other.


Alexander the Great
The great ruler of history, Alexander the Great, was known to carry Aloe Vera to the battlefields, where it was used as a medicinal treatment for the wounded soldiers. It was around 333 BC that Alexander was encouraged by Aristotle, his mentor, to conquer the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean. It is believed that the main reason for doing so was to capture the island that produced large quantity of Aloe Vera.





Celsius in Greece
It was around 25 AD that the famous Greek pharmacologist Celsius mentioned the use of Aloe Vera in his work. Though, he talked only about the use of Aloe Vera as purgative, still it further contributed towards the growing popularity of this natural plant.






Dioscordes
It was during the same time period that Dioscordes, the expert in Roman pharmacology gave detailed information about Aloe Vera and its variety of uses. According to him, Aloe Vera in the juice form acts as a perfect solution for stomach cleansing, healing bruises, improving oral health and treatment of boils. It was the information recorded by him regarding Aloe Vera that helped the plant to gain the status of a magical treatment provider for various health problems.






Cleopatra
Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt around 68 BC, remains to be an ideal of beauty till date. According to the historic records, Aloe Vera was one of the natural items found in the beauty kit of this queen, who was able to attract the greatest of the rulers of that time. Inspired from this, most popular cosmetic products for skin care in today’s time contain Aloe Vera as one of their ingredients.







Nefertiti
Just like Cleopatra, Nefertiti was another Egyptian queen who utilized Aloe Vera with an aim to enhance the beauty of her skin. Wife of an Egyptian Pharaoh, she was considered as the most beautiful woman of her era and thus, the beauty products used by her have always been the topic of debate. However, it is firmly believed that Aloe Vera was one of those products used by the queen to make her look beautiful.





Christopher Columbus
Columbus traveled around the world and has a number of expeditions to his credit. It was on these journeys through seas and oceans that persuaded this great traveler to carry Aloe Vera with him. His main aim to carry this magical remedy from nature on his journeys was to treat his sailors during long expeditions. Aloe Vera was used as a treatment provider for various types of skin problems.






Marco Polo
One of the greatest travelers of the history, Marco Polo is also known to be familiar with Aloe Vera for its skin improving and healing properties. It was on his travel to the Orient that Marco Polo got familiar with many applications of Aloe Vera and described it in the form of his writings.








Jesus Christ
The Bible mentions the use of Aloe Vera on the wounds of Jesus Christ, after he was crucified and removed from the cross. It is also mentioned that the body of Jesus was wrapped in Aloe Vera and Myrrh to provide some relief to him after the brutal act of crucifying him.






King Solomon

The king of Israel around 970 BC, King Solomon, is another figure from the history, known to have a great knowledge of the natural plant. Not only had he learned about the healing abilities of Aloe, he actually cultivated the plant to extract benefits out of it. It is also mentioned in the records that Aloe Vera was sued in the king’s wedding. Also, in the Song of Solomon, one can find the mention of myrrh and aloes.







Galen
Around 200 BC, Galen was famous as a physician in the court of a Roman Emperor. Known for writing more than 100 books about herbs and natural remedies, Galen is known to prescribe Aloe Vera for different reasons. Mainly, he used Aloe Vera as a healing agent for variety of skin problems.









Napoleon Bonaparte

The great France emperor Napoleon is among the famous people from the modern history, who utilized Aloe Vera for its power to heal the wounds at warfronts. A number of Napoleonic wars were fought and in most of them, Aloe Vera was used as a healing agent for the wounded soldiers of Napoleon army.









Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi from India is another well-known personality in the modern times, known to use Aloe Vera to maintain a good level of body strength during his long fasts. Gandhi, the greatest freedom fighter of Indian independence revolution, used the power of non-violence against the British rule and thus, went on indefinite fasts a number of times. According to him, Aloe Vera was one of the things that built his stamina to bear the weakness caused due to fasting.
As you can see, Aloe Vera shares space with some of the eminent personalities of different eras. The information above is enough to inspire anyone to include Aloe Vera in their routine, either as a beauty enhancer, or as a treatment provider for variety of health issues.

Aloe vera gel

Aloe Vera contains two important substances: the first one, under the rind of the leaf, a yellow, milky slightly bitter liquid (aloin) having been used for centuries as a laxative under the form of a powder obtained from the leaf, and the second one, the aloe gel, a fibrous liquid situated in the interior of the leaf. The gel has been used for several years only, although it has special therapeutic virtues and it is the most efficient component of the plant.
However, the Aloe Vera gel, in spite of its miraculous effects, has a major disadvantage: it is very sensitive to oxidation (it oxidizes very quickly). If it is not processed immediately, within 2 hours it loses its therapeutic properties and it is destroyed by oxygen and microorganisms. So, this gift of nature could be used only by those who had access to the fresh plants. In order to stop oxidation there are added some natural antioxidants such as natural vitamins A, C and E. The gel is thus stabilized and it cannot deteriorate, preserving its therapeutic properties. Due to the therapeutic importance of Aloe gel, in the last decades it has been trying the stabilization of the gel so that it can be widely used by many people. The researches concerning the method of stabilization of the gel were successful at the end of 1940s – the beginning of the 1950s and, consequently, this has become a very popular and widely used product since that moment. Until 1968 there had been patented many methods of stabilizing. One of the greatest companies and very successful one was Aloe Vera of America which held two patents for stabilizing the Aloe gel. This company was incorporated by Forever Living Products, which patented other two methods of stabilization of the gel.
These methods constitute the basis for obtaining a 100% purified and stabilized gel. The leaves are cut manually and the extraction of the gel is done rapidly thus preventing its oxidation. The gel is extracted mechanically and in the same time the yellow milky liquid - which is found immediately under the rind (the aloin) and which has, as it is known, a laxative effect and sometimes irritating – is separated. Immediately after being extracted, the gel is instantly stabilized in order to preserve intact all the natural nutritive components existent in the plant.
The gel is bottled in special plastic phials with multilayer structure (3 layers) and are hermetically closed. The rind of the leaf is removed and is used for fertilizing the sole. The quality is rigorously controlled during each stage of processing. The Aloe gel and nectar, produced by Forever Living Products were the first products in the world that correspond (and have even outrun them) to the quality requirements of International Aloe Science Council, receiving the right of displaying the single of the Council of products. The products also feature the Kosher and the Islamic Society’s Seals of Approval of California. Forever Living Products also guarantees the satisfaction that its products offer.
IASC quality and purity sealHalal quality seal for aloe vera products from Forever Living Products.Kosher seal for aloe vera products.
Having been used for centuries as a powerful natural laxative, the bitterly milky liquid that Aloe Vera contains – the aloin – was the only component to be known and used. But the fact that Aloe leaves contain a large quantity of a nutritive fibrous liquid - the Aloe gel with special therapeutic virtues was not known. Thus, the scientific literature referred only to the property of Aloe as a laxative and not to that of a nutritive tonic supplement and regenerative of the body.
This confusion has appeared also due to the fact that if during the process of extracting the Aloe gel, the aloin isn’t removed, the effect it has in the composition of the gel is most of the time an undesirable one. Thus, when the Aloe Vera products – drinks and cosmetics – appeared, most of them being products not having the necessary separation between the gel and the aloin, it made the authorities to interdict the internal usage of Aloe Vera.

Aloe vera miracle doctor

You probably know aloe has been used for centuries to treat burns and scrapes. It’s probably safe to say, you’ve even used it for at least one of those two (that includes sunburns!). Are you aware that aloe is referred to by many researchers as “Nature’s Miracle” because of the dozens upon dozens of other ailments it can treat? Chances are you didn’t.

That is because the huge drug companies don’t want you to know about that.

They have kept it under wraps because they make money through research of disease treating drugs. It takes years and millions of dollars to find a drug, test it, and finally market it. That then funds their next project. It’s a horrible cycle that never ends.
The drug companies don’t have the time (or simply don’t want to) to study the benefits of natural treatments, remedies, and cures. There is no money to be made from anything that can’t be patented. Unfortunately for all of us, they are a business and money is the bottom line.
The reality is, today it costs $1 billion to develop a drug for market and without airtight patents to protect it, there is no way for drug companies to get a return on such a massive investment.
Once they get a new drug on the market, the list of side-effects is longer than our commute to work and sometimes worse than what they are supposedly treating. 
Contrary to what the drug companies lead you to believe, there are all-natural remedies that are readily available. Aloe is on the top of that list. It has been proven to treat so many ailments that it is referred to as a miracle plant.
There have been thousands of scientific studies performed on aloe's healing abilities and still the public has never heard of most of them. The media will never tell you about these scientific findings because the "big money" drug companies will stop them.
The drug industry does not popularize aloe because drug companies can't patent an aloe plant (they wish they could!). Aloe has such an amazing chemical composition, proven scientifically, like no other plant.
"In clinical studies of Aloe vera’s internal and external uses have been observed mitigations or complete resolutions of the following:
Abrasions 
Colds 
Herpes simplex & zoster
Staph infections
Acne
Colic
Menstrual cramps & irregularity
Ulcerations
Allergies 
Denture (gum) sores 
Nausea
Burns 
Epstein-Barr virus
Chronic fatigue
Hypertension 
Stings
Actinic keratoses 
Constipation 
Infections 
Sunburns
Ulcerative colitis
Arthritis 
Dermatitis 
Parasites (especially protozoan infections)
Vaginitis
Radiation dermatitis 
Warts
Viral infections
AIDS 
Contusions 
Insect bites 
Tendinitis
Allergic reactions
(reversal of
anaphalaxis)
Dandruff
Boils 
Diabetes 
Peptic & duodenal ulcers
Varicose veins
Bruises 
Edema 
Psoriasis 
...I know you must be thinking that no one plant or product could affect - in some positive way - all of the above. If so, it would be a miracle. It is no wonder why thousands of Aloe vera users worldwide have commonly referred to it as a “miracle plant.” 
Is Aloe vera really a miracle plant? Many facts and continued research are available, so you may decide for yourself. Organized medicine and pharmacology have not embraced Aloe, because it cannot be patented and its usage threatens literally hundreds of prescription and non-prescription drugs. Aloe vera is hypoallergenic and has no known side effects even in large doses."
Aloe vera is effective when used both
internally and externally
When the pharmaceutical industry approaches the question "How does aloe vera gel work?", the answer is to determine which individual chemical component of an aloe vera plant is contributing to its healing activity. This opens the door to commercial extraction and refinement (both processes that CAN be patented)
There are several aloe based products on the market right now. This is in response to the fact that the benefits of aloe are slowing slipping out to the public. The problem with most of these products is that they have been over-processed which renders the aloe nearly useless. Even the “100% Natural” aloe products contain up to 90% water! A loophole that is widely used throughout manufacturing.T
Aloe vera gel used externally helps with acne, sunburns, thermal and radiation burns, boils, dandruff, gum sores, dermatitis, edemas, hemorrhoids, inflammation in the eyes, insect bites and stings, psoriasis, skin rashes and irritations, ulcers, varicose veins, warts, wounds and wrinkles.
When you apply freshly squeezed aloe vera gel on the affected area of the skin, it creates a protective coating which speeds up the healing process, decreases swelling and redness, reduces inflammation, relieves pain, promotes synthesis of collagen in tissue and prevents blisters in case of burns.
Taken internally, it reduces inflammation which is involved in such diseases as ulcerative colitis, arthritis, and gastritis, helps with the reduction of blood sugar with both type I and II diabetes and has a powerful healing effect on AIDS, cancer, tumors and many different immune system disorders. Mucopolysaccharides found in aloe vera are very effective intracellular antioxidants which is very important in preventing and treating arteriosclerosis, heart disorders and Parkinson's disease.  
Today home remedies have become more and more popular because people have become aware of the harmful side effects of synthetic drugs.
If you're serious about treating your health problems naturally or getting beautiful skin and hair without spending hundreds of dollars on expensive skin care and spa treatments ... try our aloe vera products If you need to justify the expense, skip going out for dinner once this week and it's paid for.
Aloe is a truly miraculous plant that has been known for too long in the medical history to be ignored.

benefits from aloe vera

How to get the maximum benefit from aloe vera.
Why should everyone try Aloe Vera Gel? 
If you feel healthy - keep maintaining your inner organs clean and you feel young and healthy always.
If you feel sick - give your inner organs a chance to clean themselves.
Give Aloe Vera time to work
Aloe Vera is not an overnight cure, it is not medication and like any natural substance it takes time to work. Since our cells regenerate every 90 days you need to give Aloe Vera that time to work. But if you continue to smoke, eat unhealthy or if you have any specific problems, it might take up to 12 months to get the full result. Give your body time to adjust.
Consider the dosage

Dosage is very often where people make their first mistake. Always start on a smaller dose and build it up over the first week. You may start with as little as 15 millilitres twice per day when you start. To a maximum of 60 ml, twice a day. Keep your open Aloe Vera drinks in your fridge for up to 3 months. If they are closed, then keep them at room temperature as per expiration date found on the bottom of the bottle.
Take Aloe Vera on an empty stomach
It is recommend that you take Aloe Vera first thing in the morning and then again last thing at night and avoid food and hot drinks for about one hour. Avoiding the drinks is not necessary, but it will optimize Aloe Vera.
Some say Aloe Vera improves digestion when taken just before or just after a meal. It’s really up to the individual to determine how they take Aloe Vera, how often and how much.

The ‘detox’ effect
There are certain things which are part of the normal detox process, such as; skin rashes, headaches and diarrhea. Diarrhea, as part of the detoxification process of the body, is only a problem if it lasts longer than a couple of days, and will usually occur if you take a large amount of Aloe Vera. If such is the case lower the dose of Aloe Vera for a few days and drink more water. Generally speaking drinking right amount of water especially during the first 14 days is crucial.
Using Aloe Vera for constipation

Constipation can be improved by drinking more filtered water every day (to help flush through the system, rehydrate the body and soften the stool), and increasing the dose of Aloe Vera until the bowel is working comfortably again.

Can pregnant women take Aloe Vera?

In the past, pregnant women have always been advised to avoid taking Aloe Vera internally as a tonic. This was because it was said to cause bowel spasms that could be detrimental to them. There seems to be an element of scaremongering on this issue. Those Aloe Vera products that do not meet the minimum IASC (International Aloe Science Council) quality criteria, or have too much aloin content would not be beneficial to pregnant women. They would also not be beneficial to anyone else either! The leading Aloe Vera brands, especially those products that are based on the pure, stabilized inner gel, with the now accepted therapeutic aloin levels, have been used by pregnant women for years without any apparent or reported side effects.

Using Aloe Vera with Diabetes
In some diabetics, it has been discovered that drinking Aloe Vera increases the amount of insulin produced by the body. Anyone who has diabetes who wishes to take aloe vera should be aware of this and should consult their doctor to ensure that their insulin levels are properly and carefully monitored. There are many diabetics now drinking aloe vera gels or juices and finding that their diabetes is more ‘under control’, that their weight is more stable and they have much more energy.
Using Aloe Vera if you have allergies/skin problems 
If you are susceptible to any allergic reactions, it is always better to do a ‘patch test’ or ‘trial’ first. Always take advice when using Aloe Vera internally, especially for the treatment of sinuses, ears and eyes.
Can you take Aloe Vera while fasting?
Yes, you can definitely take Aloe Vera while fasting. When Mahatma Gandhi was asked what secrets he had that sustained him during his long fasts, he answered “It was my unshakable faith in God, my simple and frugal lifestyle, and the Aloe [Vera] whose benefits I discovered upon my arrival in South Africa”.
Aloe Vera – not a panacea for all ills
Inspite of the wide ranging health benefits that can be derived from drinking Aloe Vera and applying it topically, don’t think of aloe vera as a panacea for all ills – in reality there is no such thing. Aloe Vera’s history and track record as a healer and the significant role that it has played in herbal medicine over the centuries is well documented. However, like most other ‘natural remedies’, it can often take longer to have any beneficial effect on some chronic symptoms than a chemically based drug, though there are no guarantees that such drugs may work or work any better than a natural remedy like Aloe Vera.

Contradictions, are there any?
To our knowledge, and from the experience of others over the last twenty years or more, there are no contradictions. Please remember Aloe Vera is a nontoxic, natural substance and it is also unlikely to react with any conventional medication. 
Aloe Vera works harmoniously
The reason for this is that it works harmoniously with the body’s own self regulating systems rather than overcoming them and leaving them depleted. Aloe Vera works with the body to increase the absorption of nutrients and the bio-availability of vitamins and minerals and to boost the immune system, with no known detrimental side effects.
Once again, if you have any questions, concerns or want further clarification, please feel free to contact us via email.

Next article is taken from The Aloe Vera Site.
Does Aloe Vera really work?
Just as there are millions of people who drink Aloe Vera and claim it is a very effective natural remedy, there are also large numbers who have tried it and seen absolutely no effect at all. Here are some of the many reasons why you can try it, and it can fail to do anything:
* Not all Aloe Vera works. There are more than 300 types of 'Aloe Vera' but the one used with success is Aloe Barbadensis Miller but with little regulation in the trade some companies use other varieties simply to cash in on the Aloe Vera name.
* Aloe Vera takes a long time to grow, typically 4-5 years before the outer leaves are mature enough to contain a gel that is actually effective. To cut costs some companies harvest immature leaves whose gel has limited benefits.
 * Aloe Vera is a natural product and ideally this is the best way to get it. If you can't then use only juices that have had the minimum amount of processing.
* Aloe Vera is not a drug. Drugs are created to have an immediate chemical reation in the body. We take a pain killer and expect the pain to be gone within an hour. Aloe Vera does not work in the same way and its effects can be gradual - taking days, weeks or months to work.

Good Quality Aloe Vera

Following text is taken from The Aloe Vera Site with their permission.
How to choose good quality Aloe Vera
Because Aloe Vera is a natural product, not a drug, its' production and distribution are largely unregulated. Those who distribute it are not allowed to make medical claims (although many do) but at the same time there is no control over the end quality.
The amount of Aloe vera in each product can vary too. Some may not even contain the amount stated on the label. There are hundreds of manufacturers trying to sell their products. Unfortunately, by law they don't have to test their product for safety or effectiveness. And many don't! So our advice is to buy with caution.
It cannot be excluded that manufacturers try to enlarge their profit margins by watering down the original Aloe juice.
Any liquid product on the market which claims to be "100% Aloe vera" cannot be genuinely quite 100%, although it can be very nearly so. And any liquid product which claims "no preservatives" has got to be wrong unless it were canned or otherwise sterilized or was on very short term distribution rather like fresh milk
Add to this its' rise in popularity as an alternative medicine and you also encourage a host of companies to produce anything which can include 'Aloe Vera' on the label.
As a general rule of thumb, just like fruit juice, you should be looking for the product that is as close to 'fresh squeezed' as possible. The following is a breakdown of how to assess if you have found good quality Aloe Vera or not, especially for drinking.

Whole Leaf Aloe Vera
This is not a good idea for two reasons:
    * The outer skin of the leaf is highly toxic, it is the plants natural defense against being eaten in the wild.
    * If the product has been filtered to remove the parts of the outer skin, nutritious parts of the gel will also be lost.

Exposing the "Whole Leaf" Myth
Unlike the pure inner aloe vera gel found inside the aloe vera leaf, the rind of the aloe vera leaf has essentially no nutritional value.  This means that the presence of the rind in aloe vera products such as aloe vera drinks is little more than useless 'filler.'
Why would you pay for filler that is of essentially no benefit  when you want only the pure, inner aloe vera gel?
The benefits of aloe vera juice are derived from the pure aloe vera gel inside aloe vera leaf used to make aloe vera juice and aloe vera gelly skin care products. Aloe vera gel has known benefits for skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. Aloe vera juice made from pure aloe vera gel is also excellent for digestion and healthy bowels. The promotion of "whole leaf" aloe vera products with the rind included, as being significantly beneficial in some way, is simply incorrect and misleading.  
It takes more time, effort, resources, and money to remove the outer rind than to use a "throw-it-all-in-a-blender" and call it "whole leaf" method that most manufacturers prefer.  That would be like blending the rind of an orange into the juice and calling it "whole orange juice."
The final product of just the pure inner aloe vera gel more than justifies the extra labor and costs needed for a superior, quality, aloe vera gel product.
The promoters of "whole leaf" Aloe Vera maintain that as they use all the leaf, their product must be more abundant in the good properties. However, the components most likely to destroy the polysaccharides, thought to give Aloe Vera its renowned properties, during processing (cellulose and bacteria), are present in the leaves either just under the rind or on the surface of the leaf. Certainly "whole leaf" manufacturers use carbon filtration or other techniques to filter out the impurities in the liquidized whole leaf and these are thought to also filter out many of the beneficial constituents. If whole leaf is better why would the largest grower and processor of Aloe Vera in the world take the trouble to fillet by hand the inner leaf gel and use only that, and provide a 30 day "money back" guarantee to back it up?
Conclusion: Not Recommended - look for drinks that use the inner leaf only like FLP.

"Double Strength" Aloe Vera
To achieve this the Aloe Vera has to be boiled down or freeze dried and then reconstituted with half the amount of water. This causes problems because:
    * boiling or freeze drying the product causes it to loose much of its' nutritional benefits so it becomes less effective.
    * the natural water content is part of what makes the gel so effective as water is required to help the nutritional elements be absorbed by the digestive tract.
It can generally be compared to 'Orange juice from concentrate' as opposed to 'fresh squeezed juice' - more processes, less goodness.
 Conclusion: Not Recommended - look for something more natural.

Tablets and Capsules or Aloe Vera in powdered form
To achieve this the Aloe Vera has to be boiled down or freeze dried. This causes problems because:
    * boiling or freeze drying the product causes it to loose much of its' nutritional benefits so it becomes less effective
    * the natural water content is part of what makes the gel so effective as water is required to help the nutritional elements be absorbed by the digestive tract
    * One of Aloe Vera's benefits in liquid form is that it clears the digestion system so more vitamins and minerals can be absorbed. It is quite possible for tablets, capsules and pills to pass through the body untouched and no benefit will be felt.
The various processes used (freezing, air drying, chemicals, etc.) can alter and even destroy the natural benefits of Aloe vera gel.  You simply do not know what you are getting, nor can you be assured of quality control.  (A significant amount of powdered and concentrated aloe vera comes from countries where even minimum quality standards are not enforced.  And, you have no idea how long shipped aloe vera has been just sitting in the container.)

Conclusion: Not Recommended with the possible exception of use for Interstitial cystitis

"Concentrated" Aloe Vera
To achieve this the Aloe Vera has to be boiled down or freeze dried and then reconstituted with half the amount of water. This causes problems because:
    * boiling or freeze drying the product causes it to loose much of its' nutritional benefits so it becomes less effective
    * the natural water content is part of what makes the gel so effective as water is required to help the nutritional elements be absorbed by the digestive tract
It can generally be compared to 'Orange juice from concentrate' as opposed to 'fresh squeezed juice' - more processes, less goodness.
Conclusion: Not Recommended - look for a more natural product

"Pasteurised / Homogenised / filtered" Aloe Vera
Homogenisation takes out a great deal of the natural goodness in Aloe Vera and filtration does the same. There is no reason to filter fresh squeezed orange juice and there is certainly no reason to filter Aloe Vera. Although 'filter' has good connotations this is not one of them.
Conclusion: Not Recommended - there is no need to filter good quality gel

Artificial flavours and colours added
Many companies are involved in this practice to maintain the consistancy of the product from batch to batch and make it more marketable. Ultimately however it is simply adding chemicals to a natural product.
Conclusion: Not Recommended - look for something more natural

Products without The IASC Seal for Content and Purity
The International Aloe Science Council council Seal
The International Aloe Science Council council checks that the Aloe Vera actually being used is pure and of good quality. Note: They do not check how much aloe vera is in a particular product so it is possible to carry the seal so long as 'some percentage' of the product is good quality Aloe Vera. They also do not check what is done to the good quality aloe which may include freeze drying or other processes whereby much of the goodness is lost. The seal is a starting point but many companies use it without permission and some even provide samples for testing which bear little relation to the product actually onsale. However for reference a full list of products allowed to carry the seal can be found here. You can also see companies and products where the seal has been withdrawn here.
Conclusion: Not Recommended on its own but helpful, do not buy a product without this

Aloe Vera described as "made with 100% Aloe Vera"
This is a totally legal and highly misleading description as the product can contain 1% Aloe Vera but that 1% is 100% Aloe Vera. It is a similar practice to Green Washing (for example: describing packaging as 'recyclable' rather than 'recycled').
If the drink is being sold from a refridgerated cabinet in a shop with a sell buy date of a few days more (as with milk or real fresh orange juice) then this may be real. If not the claim is definitely false. The best processing methods for long life aloe vera (with a long sell by date) have only achieved about 97% pure Aloe Vera gel.
Conclusion: Not Recommended unless you are buying from the refridgerator (as with real fresh orange juice)

Aloe Vera is not the first ingredient
Generally it is possible to make Aloe Vera that can be transported long distances and stored without much tempering. Juices and gels can be produced this way that contain 95% plus Aloe Vera gel and therefore it will be the first ingredient on the ingredients list. If the product does not have Aloe Vera as the first ingredient avoid it. If it does then you are sure 51% is Aloe Vera but try to establish if the real content is 90% plus.
Conclusion: Not Recommended - look for a product with Aloe Vera as the first ingredient

Overall Summary
Much of what is on the market is highly suspect and often poor quality so look for products:
    * that have the The International Aloe Science Council Seal for Content and Purity
    * where Aloe Vera is the first ingredient
    * that do not over process the gel ( freezing, air drying, chemicals,  double strength, freeze dried, capsules, etc.)
    * that use only the inner leaf of the gel not "whole leaf"
    * that are not watered down, as is so often the case with aloe vera drinks found in expensive health food stores and elsewhere.
    * you want only stabilized aloe vera juice and skin care products that are carefully packaged so that both light and oxygen are blocked from the aloe gel contents.  Light and oxygen break down the beneficial properties of Aloe vera gel .... avoid aloe vera juices that are bottled in clear or translucent (opaque) containers.

It is important to understand that the above guidelines will find you the best Aloe Vera drinks. However you may experience benefits from lower quality products because they may still contain some of the properties of the original gel that your body responds well to.
Always remember if you try one brand without success this does not mean that Aloe Vera does not work for you, it may just mean you are trying the wrong brand or type.
Previous text was taken from The Aloe Vera Site.


Frequently asked questions

Q1: How much should I drink?
A: This depends on your reasons for drinking aloe. As with other nutritional supplements, some people take a small amount 1 – 2 fl oz 30/60ml) – to maintain their general well being. Other people boost their intake for specific reasons – when they might drink up to 6 fl oz (180ml) or more a day. The average is 2 – 4 fl oz (60/120ml) per day. Some people, such as the elderly, need less whereas those who are larger framed need more. Note the “serving size” 8 fl oz printed on the side of the bottle is for nutritional comparison purposes only. It does not mean that 8fl oz is a recommended amount to drink in one serving.
Q2: Can I mix it with anything else?
A: Yes, if you really don’t like the taste, then try mixing it with pure fruit juice, cordial or honey.
Q3: When is the best time to drink aloe?
A: We would recommend you take aloe on an empty stomach to get the maximum benefit. So for example you could take it first thing in the morning and then again late afternoon.
Q4: When should I feel some benefits?
A: We anticipate that few people will feel notable benefits before 6 weeks; we urge you to take it for a trial period of at least 3 months.
Q5: How should I store the drink?
A: As with most natural foods, once you’ve opened the bottle, it should be stored in the fridge with the lid tightly closed. Of course during storage, the natural pulp will settle, so you should always shake the bottle before use. Note that the date stamped on the bottom of the container is the bottling date. The ‘use by’ date is on a label on the lid
Q6: Can children be given Aloe Vera Gel?
A: Yes, in proportional amounts, e.g. adult amount over 12 years, half amount for 6 -12 years, quarter adult amount 3 – 5 years and a sixth of an adult amount from 3 years and below.
Q7: Can infants under the age of one be given Aloe Vera?
A: It is not recommended to give Aloe Vera Gel to infants because they have an immature gut and are prone to colic. The Gel may exacerbate this, as it increases the transit time of the bowel contents.
Q8: Which supplement would you suggest I take as a multi-vitamin/ multi-mineral?
A: The Aloe Vera Gel and Berry Nectar are wonderful complete tonics to take on a daily basis containing 75 different vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. I would suggest either the Nature-Min, Bee Pollen or the Fields of Green. These have both been quoted as complete foods, as they last both mentioned contain a whole range of vitamins and minerals in their most natural state. It is so important to take a supplement in its natural state as it can be readily absorbed by the body.
Q9: What about Vegetarians and Vegans?
A: Vegetarian or vegan diets can benefit from supplementation of Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, calcium, iron and zinc. Vegetarians should take Aloe Vera Gel, B12 Plus, Nature-Min, Bee Pollen, Absorbent-C and Calcium. Note: Chondroitin, which is an ingredient in Freedom, contains bovine and is therefore not suitable for strict vegetarians. Vegans should take: Aloe Vera Gel and B12 Plus. Note: Freedom contains Glucosamine, made from crustacean shells, which are highly purified to remove any trace of allergens. Forever Freedom may therefore not be suitable for Vegans.
Q10: Why is it better to take a natural supplement instead of a synthetic one?
A: Although they appear to be identical, the natural vitamins are more readily absorbed by the body and they don’t contain any toxins. In some cases synthetic supplements cant be broken down by the body, so they come out exactly the same as they went in.
Q11: What is the best time to take FLP supplements?
A: Take the vitamins with meals, because this way they are absorbed and work more efficiently. If for example you take two A-Beta-Care per day – take one in the morning with breakfast, and the second one with your evening meal, not both taken at the same time. The Bee Products ideally should be chewed. Fat soluble vitamins (A.E.D.K) should be taken just before you eat. Water soluble vitamins (B,C.F) with meals or just after.
Q12: How much should I drink?
A: We recommend the following on an empty stomach:
  • Adults and children up to 12: 30 ml (1 fl oz) in the morning and in the evening 30 minutes before a meal.
  • 6-11 years: Give half the adult amount: (1 oz/30 ml)
  • 3-5 years: Give a quarter of the adult amount: (1/2 oz/15 ml)
  • 1-2 years: Just give a teaspoon at a time
Those quantities are to maintain general wellbeing. We can advise you for specific conditions.

Q13: When will I feel the benefits?
A: We urge our customers to take Aloe Vera for a trial period of at least 3 month. Some people will feel the benefits earlier.
Q14: Are there any side effects of drinking Aloe Vera?
A: Yes and there are very positive one! Some people might experience a change in bowel movements during the first few days.

This is usually a sign that your body is cleansing and flushing away the toxins. If you have some worries about your symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Q16: How to store the Aloe Vera drinks?
A; You should store it in the fridge once it’s open. You can keep the bottle for up to 3 months in the fridge (with the lid closed).

FAQs ABOUT ALOE VERA DRINKS
How much should I drink?
This depends on your reasons for drinking Aloe Vera. As with other nutritional supplements, some people take a small amount each morning (60ml) to maintain their general well being. Other people boost their intake for specific reasons, when they might drink up to 180ml or more a day. The average is 120ml per day. Some people such as the elderly need less, whereas those who are larger framed need more.
Can I mix it with anything else?
Yes, if you really don‘t like the taste, then try mixing it with pure fruit juice, cordial or honey. Pomesteen Power gives it an amazing taste!
When is the best time to drink Aloe?
We would recommend you take Aloe Vera on an empty stomach to get the maximum benefit, and then wait 20 minutes before having anything else. First thing in the morning is good, or right before bed.
When should I feel some benefits?
Every body is different - different diets, lifestyles, sleep patterns, levels of exercise, etc. A few people feel benefit in 2-4 weeks, but most take a little longer. We would encourage you to take Aloe Vera for a trial period of at least 2 months.

Taken internally, Forever’s Aloe Vera drinks provide the essential building blocks for the body to cleanse, restore, protect and balance itself. For this reason, once the body has cleansed and restored itself to a state of well-being, it is important to take a daily maintenance dosage in order for the body to continue to cleanse and balance itself on an ongoing basis. Unfortunately, many people who receive benefits then stop taking it and, when their bodies return to the previous state of toxicity and imbalance, they say that Aloe Vera did not 'cure' their condition. It is essential to realize that unless you significantly change your life-style, diet and exercise regime, etc, you must continue to supplement your systems with Aloe Vera for the needed additional vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids that will assist in maintaining your balanced state of well-being.
How should I store the drink?
As with most natural foods, once you‘ve opened the bottle, it should be stored in the refrigerator with the lid tightly closed. Of course during storage, the natural pulp will settle, so you should always shake the bottle before use. (Please note that the date stamped on the bottom of the container is the bottling date. The 'use by' date is on the lid)
Are there any side-effects?
There are occasionally some mild detox symptoms the first time people start drinking Aloe Vera. Some people have noticed a slight headache, a rumbly tummy or a change in their bowel movements for 2 or 3 days, having a couple of spots come up. Nothing particularly dramatic, but we want you to be aware of them in case you happen to experience anything like this.
Aloe Vera Gel or Forever Freedom - which to take?
Both drinks contain a substantial amount of gel with its inherent anti-inflammatory and pain killing effects. They both contain therefore, the nutritional benefit of the vitamins, minerals and trace elements. The difference is, that whereas the straight gel is around 98% Aloe Vera, Forever Freedom has lost about 15% which is replaced by the additives Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and extra Vitamin C.

These additives were put there to target a specific condition, that of osteoarthritis. This wear and tear problem arises when joint cartilage is worn away and not adequately replaced, leading eventually to bone rubbing against bone with the consequent pain, stiffness and ultimately joint deformity. Most people manufacture adequate amounts of cartilage up until the age of about 40 when the process starts to fail and by about 50 those who are destined to get the condition, start to show signs. Some people are more prone especially if they have a family history, are overweight, indulge in extreme sports or whose job involves heavy manual labour.

Forever Freedom would be a natural preventative choice for these individuals, as the additives in the drink are the natural building blocks of cartilage so help replace any deficiency. This does not mean however, that other people should not take it. It must remain a matter of personal choice but we would advise those categories that we have listed would be better off with this drink, especially in middle age or above. There of course comes a time when prevention is no longer appropriate and in these circumstances the yellow tub may be the drink of choice because of the higher percentage of Aloe Vera Gel.