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    We transplanted some Aloe plants today. They weren't doing so well in the area we had them. For those of you that live in climates where planting them outside is not an option, they do well indoors in pots. Quite a few medicinal uses for it. I harvested some of the "pulp" to be used later.

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    I have one of those plants around to treat burns but just cut when I need it. What else is it used for and how do you store it and use it later?

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    I normally just cut off a small piece as I need it. Two of the leaves were damaged while transplanting. I've used it for burns (including sunburn) and for dry skin. I do want to explore some of the other uses for it. I put it in a small bottle and tucked it away in the fridge to use later.

    Here's a bit more information -

    The Aloe Vera Plant
    Although there are many Aloe's the term Aloe Vera (�true Aloe�) refers to the Aloe Barbadensis Miller. Fully grown the plant stands 60 to 90 cm high, and a mature leaf is 7 to 10 cm across at the base, weighing 1.5 to 2 kg.
    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;
    Sap - a layer of bitter fluid which helps protect the plant from animals;
    Mucilage Gel - the inner part of the leaf that is filleted out to make Aloe Vera gel.
    Aloe Vera (inner gel) contains the 8 essential Amino Acids that the human body needs but cannot manufacture.
    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.
    Leading authorities on Aloe Vera maintain that only Aloe Vera gel as fresh as preservation allows from the inner leaf has any remarkable properties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskan Survivalist View Post
    I have one of those plants around to treat burns but just cut when I need it. What else is it used for and how do you store it and use it later?

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    I use aloe for treating sunburn, it works great at that. It is also great for treating regular burns. Have not tried it on poison ivy. The active ingredient in poison ivy, an oil, will still be there irritating your skin, so not sure aloe will help much with that.

    I also use it for any "mystery dermatitis". I.e. any rash of unknown origin. Also good for razor burn, dry skin (like heels).

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    It Stinks doesn't it ? my friend has a big plant and it smells like B/O? but I think his dogs pee on it,, maybe thats why,, ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Case View Post
    It Stinks doesn't it ? my friend has a big plant and it smells like B/O? but I think his dogs pee on it,, maybe thats why,, ???
    Must be his dogs. It has no/very little smell at all.
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    Crash, how did you harvest it for storage? I have a huge plant in the yard and was thinking to do the same thing. We use it for burns and dry skins, but I was thinking of storing it to try for other uses. I remember another post where people were talking about using juice.

    For now I was just wanting to learn how to harvest.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smhg View Post
    Crash, how did you harvest it for storage? I have a huge plant in the yard and was thinking to do the same thing. We use it for burns and dry skins, but I was thinking of storing it to try for other uses. I remember another post where people were talking about using juice.

    For now I was just wanting to learn how to harvest.

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    I just tried it with a few pieces in a plastic bottle. I kept it in the fridge for a couple of weeks. It was mostly liquid after that period of time. I know I should have taken one for the team and burned myself to check on the effectiveness, but did not. So - not really sure if it is still good to treat burns after storing - but there was no odor or apparent spoilage.
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    I've heard through the grapevine and for all I know this could be false, I'll do some research when I have time. But I'veh eard there is a way to render Aloe to be edible? Anybody have a word on this? Just wanted to ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loreseed View Post
    I've heard through the grapevine and for all I know this could be false, I'll do some research when I have time. But I'veh eard there is a way to render Aloe to be edible? Anybody have a word on this? Just wanted to ask.
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    I don't see what you are referring to. I am curious of the process if there is one. Confused >.<!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loreseed View Post
    I don't see what you are referring to. I am curious of the process if there is one. Confused >.<!
    Take a look here http://www.aloe-vera-and-handy-herbs...aloe-vera.html

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    I have to say, thats a very big plant compared to what i grew in pots. O.o
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Case View Post
    It Stinks doesn't it ? my friend has a big plant and it smells like B/O? but I think his dogs pee on it,, maybe thats why,, ???
    I've read that if it stinks, it's being over-irrigated (perhaps in his case, over peed on!). It causes it to rot, below the soil line.

    I tried to harvest some last year, and it smelled like DEATH. So I Googled it.

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    I like aloe... Did you know,
    you can make toothpaste with it? Huh...
    or maybe that was the recipe with ash. Natural toothpaste... Old book I have, with oldtyme herbal recipes in it...good book.

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    Can we get a name on that book? I'm interested in things like this.
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    Never harvested it myself, my huge aloe died this winter from the freeze, but I do keep a bottle of store bought aloe in the fridge for sunburns in the summer. Helps greatly with healing sunburns, and keeping it in the fridge (mixed 50/50 with water in a spray bottle) makes it better than anything for relief of the self inflicted pain of a sunburn or small burns,

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