For centuries, gel from the aloe vera plant has been used for healing. Aunt Gina, who is now deceased, used to grow aloe vera in her background. She was a true believer in the aloe vera plant and all of its benefits.

Aloe vera is miraculous for healing skin, especially the cracks and blisters associated with athlete’s foot. Like Aunt Gina, if one has a plant available, simply break off a big leaf, mash it into an ointment or gel, and rub it on one’s feet.

As just mentioned, aloe vera is great on the skin and has been nicknamed, “burn plant.” It inhibits the action of a pain-producing peptide and helps healing and skin growth. If one buys an aloe cream or processed gel, be sure it contains at least 70 percent aloe. Or, like Aunt Gina, keep a plant nearby. So, when one needs it, simply break off a leaf, split it open, and rub the soothing juice over the burn.

Aloe vera gel is also great to use on frostbite. Just simply apply aloe vera gel to help one’s skin heal more quickly, and it inhibits germs that can cause infection.
Recently, my mother has been using aloe vera gel to help her gum’s tissue. She dips a cotton swab into the gel and then rubs it on her receding gum line. She states it has been helping and she certainly wouldn’t live without have this gel on hand.
Besides helping with gum tissue, healing burns, and athlete’s foot, it also can help hemorrhoids. One can apply a little to one’s finger and then dab it directly on the tender spots. It helps the tissue to heal more quickly, and it lubricates the area so there’s less irritation.

The aloe vera plant is widely known for its gel, but let’s not leave out the benefits of its juice. The juice from this incredible desert plant can take the sting out of heartburn by coating the esophagus and keeping stomach acid where it belongs. It is recommended to drink ½ cup of juice once or twice a day between meals. Of course, one should discontinue if one’s symptoms worsen or persist.

Also, aloe vera is good for ulcers, because, as previously mentioned, it coats irritated tissues and may promote faster healing. One may be able to find aloe juice at a supermarket with a health food section, or grow one, as I have mentioned several times in this article.

Of course, there’s so much one could grow on their own and a wonderful, wake-up resource is the, “Lost Book of Remedies,” which contains several pictures to help one identify the weed or plant. The book goes into depth about hundreds of healing plants, including weeds. It’s a must-need for ALL wanting to find a way to either cut-back on pharmaceutical drugs or high medical expenses. Wouldn’t it be amazing that every plant or weed that grows in your yard offers food at your table along with providing medicinal remedies?

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. As with any suggestion concerning food or medicine, speak with a notable professional to learn more.

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Kelley has written a book about her life as one living with photophobia. Check out her book at