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Aloe Vera
Indigenous to tropical Africa there are over 250 species of Aloe Vera, only five have medicinal properties. The most widely used is Aloe Barbadensis Miller. 

Aloe Vera is a tropical plant that has been used for over 5000 years for safe, natural, internal and external remedies of all ages.  It was first used by Egyptians for medical remedies as stated on a papyrus, dated 3500 BC. It since has been used by the Chinese, Creeks and Romans cultures for medical and beauty creams.

Aloe Vera looks like a cactus but it’s a member of the lily family that is related to onions, garlic, and asparagus. It is an easy plant to grow worldwide, and is happy to grow in a pot of sandy dry soil, inside the house near a window with moderate watering so only the top inch is wet, as too wet soil will kill it. It flourishes in warm and dry climates, and older plants may bloom bright flowers red or yellow in color. The plant propagates from side shoots that sprout around the middle section of the plant. 

The leafs inner sap is thick, clear gel made up of 95% water which contains over 75 different nutritional compounds including: Vitamins' B12, C (Ascorbic Acid), E and Beta Carotene, enzymes such as Lipases and proteases, anthraquinones, salicylic acid, calcium, manganese, zinc, copper, chromium, sodium, magnesium, potassium and iron, saponins, lignin and amino acids.

Medical Uses
Antipruritic, Eczema, Skin Rash, Sun Burn, Psoriasis and Skin problems reducing and general skin reviver: Squeeze the plants inner sap from the leaf and rub it into the affected areas. It will penetrate all layers of the skin as its absorbed providing a cooling and healing affect. The Proteolytic enzymes will break down dead tissue making the skin look less aged. 

Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory for the skin: Applying the gel directly on the affected area and wrap with a plastic bandage, so the gel remains in contact for as long as possible on the surface. 
Aloe Vera works on internal/external bleeding, as an Immune enhancer, acid reducer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Stomach Ulcers, Inflammation, chronic fatigue and/or stress.

Drink an infusion tea made from 1 teaspoon of fresh gel extract, dissolved in one cup of hot water.  The drink will be bitter because of the aloin content.

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