process aloe vera..

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process aloe vera..

Post: # 269617Post niknik
Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:17 pm

anyone made their own products direct from the live plants?
any tips, especially as to what NOT to do.

There is loads info out there on the web, but always nicer to get advice from "friends & neighbours" rather than strangers, especially as many of the sites , are really commercial ones anyway.

I ahve several plants in the garden, and obviously there are 100´s more available growing wild locally that i could forage

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Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:07 pm

i just cut off a leaf and use as is. the most i do is put a leaf in the fridge to wipe on bites as it's more soothing that way ...and also for burns its very good.
btw, are they frost hardy or are you in a mild region?

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Post: # 269644Post Ellendra
Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:11 pm

If using externally, you can either break off a leaf and dab it on straight, or whiz it in a non-food blender.

For using internally, carefully slit open the leaf and gently scrape the clear pulp. Take care not to scrape into the green part, as that can act as a rather strong laxative.

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Post: # 269653Post safronsue
Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:45 am

what are benefits for internal use? tastes disgusting, i know that much

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Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:07 pm

internally taken is supposed to help with inflammation, arthritis , constipation ( as mentioned above), boost immune system etc etc......
there´s no concrete proof to these reported benefits, but I did take it regularly 2 or 3 years ago, and it was great, but it´s just too expensive to keep buying on regular basis, whicjhh is when you get benefits. helps with weigght loss too.
there are loads of mentioned benefits all over web ( and warnings against), but it did help me !

the plants will withstand quite low temps, BUT.... they mostly died off last winter as we had 8 or 9 nights consecutively with very low ( for here ) temps.between -5 & -10ºc, which is unusual. ( am up in mountains about 900 m). we do get such low temps most years, but usually just 1 or 2 nights at most, or maybe a couple of times, but not a long period of cold.

many plants in wild died off which they hadnt before either, well died off is incorrect, as the plants are still good, just many of leaves killed off by cold

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Post: # 269670Post safronsue
Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:14 pm

surprising that it survives quite chilly weather, but i don't think it would here. still, it's my favourite house plant being beautiful, pretty unkillable, and useful too.

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Post: # 269672Post Biscombe
Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:00 pm

Keep them in semi shade too if you live in hot climes, they don't like full on hot sun

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