BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES REVEALED…
We’ve all heard of Aloe vera.
But have many of us actually experienced the pure magic that a real live Aloe plant gives, gives and keeps on giving?
The (I would say) Magic Medicinal properties of Aloe have been known for centuries.
The earliest record of human use of Aloe vera comes from Egyptian records from 16th century BC. Back then it was known and documented as the ‘plant of immortality’.
Further record of it’s traditional use can be found in ancient China, Japan, India, Greece and South America.
These days, it’s as popular as ever.
When you see the list of medicinal benefits you’ll understand why.
I first purchased my Aloe plant to heal my skin from years of acne, and the scars I was left with.
I never realised it would be so helpful.
You see, Acne is a complex beast of a skin condition.
Whilst Acne definitely needs to be tackled from the inside out, getting the right topical product is also crucial to success.
WARNING – This may blow your mind!
95% of products specific for Acne actually aggravate the condition and make it worse.
This is because they contain ingredients that provide the perfect breeding ground for acne bugs to grow, proliferate and spread!
Sure, they also contain acne fighting ingredients.
BUT these helpful elements are more often than not sitting in a base of products that acne sufferers can’t and shouldn’t ever use. It’s important to know that….
There are 2 types of Acne: Bacterial & Fungal
They can exist independently, and together.
Bacterial acne tends to be pustular and papular pimples, which are inflamed pus fill spots.
Fungal acne is smaller as it’s more like folliculitis – where the hair follicle get’s swollen creating tiny bumps – sometimes filled with hard white stuff. Fungal acne can have a mild itch to it, whilst regular bacterial acne won’t.
Fungal acne is notoriously difficult to treat and tends to be worse in hot humid climates because warm and wet are great conditions for fungus.
Years of antibiotics and retinoids for bacterial acne will sadly and most probably leave you with fungal acne, because they disrupt the protect gut flora (why is that important here), as well as the delicate but essential skin barrier.
Aloe vera has antibacterial and antifungal properties, plus straight from the plant, you can guarantee it does not contain any other aggravating ingredients!
Aloe vera is very soothing on inflammation and helps old spots heal quickly.
Aloe vera is also naturally anti-aging. It contains several skin friendly vitamins and helps maintain elasticity. It protects from the harmful effects of sunburn and keeps the skin hydrated.
I’ve suffered with acne since I was a teen. I healed my gut and with it 90% of my acne, but it wasn’t until I started using Aloe vera that I finally beat it for good.
Here’s some before and after photos. They are only two weeks apart without makeup. For perspective, in these photo’s I am 43 years old. I don’t use any anti-wrinkle products.
Bottom line – if you or your teen have acne, please stop using over the counter acne products. Please stop over washing and scrubbing your skin until it’s red raw. Be careful about taking antibiotics long term as they negatively impact the gut flora. Always follow up with a probiotic and gut healing protocol.
Along with a super gentle cleanser (I use this one), an improved diet (more on that soon) try fresh Aloe vera on clean skin before bed. When I was having breakouts, I’d also sometimes use Colloidal Silver as a toner (more on that here).
Aloe vera can also be exceptionally good as part of a healing protocol for eczema.
Eczema, like acne and any other skin condition, needs to be tackled from the inside out.
I’ve written a detailed post on how to do this here; The Ultimate Eczema Cure
It includes our personal experience overcoming our daughter’s eczema.
Aloe vera contains polysaccharides, which make it great to stimulate the skins natural growth and healing processes. It also soothes the red inflammation and keeps skin hydrated – which is crucial for reducing the itch of eczema.
With permission, here’s a past case study of mine. Names have been changed to maintain confidentiality.
Here you can see how natural and modern medicine work beautifully in synergy to overcome the problem.
Oliver – Baby with Eczema
Oliver was a baby boy aged 7 months suffering with eczema.
He’d been exclusively breastfed for 6 months, then Mum Lucy decided to introduce some formula. However, baby Oliver began to exhibit some worrying symptoms. His tummy became hard and distended and he developed a dry itchy rash in the creases of his skin. As a result, he became very agitated and unhappy.
I had previously seen Lucy at the Allergy Clinic where I worked to help her manage hay fever. We had discovered that her symptoms had been related to a cow’s milk intolerance, so she gave me a call for some advice.
She thought Oliver could be reacting to the cow’s milk formula he was on. I suspected that might be the case, especially with the genetic link to his mother.
Lucy wondered whether like her, goat milk might be a better alternative for him. I explained that Nanny goat formula wouldn’t be a suitable choice at this point because it still contained some of the same milk protein (Alpha S1 casein) that causes cow’s milk allergy. If, however in the future, he grew out of a cow’s milk allergy it would certainly be a good option to try.
I advised Lucy to take baby Oscar to her GP to confirm a diagnosis of Cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA).
Sure enough Oscar tested positive and was given a steroid cream to get on top of the eczema and referred to a dietician and prescribed a hydrolysed formula.
Lucy wasn’t keen to use a steroid cream on her baby, and asked my opinion on an alternative. I suggested a live Aloe plant.
She purchased one and patch tested it on the back of baby Oliver’s leg. It helped soothe the redness very quickly, and his skin began to heal and look smooth and hydrated in just a few days.
I also recommended a course of probiotics and a slow and gentle weaning protocol to help heal any damage done to the gut. 5 Easy Ways to Better Gut Health
His symptoms disappeared with in weeks and he continued to grow and developed well.
Why grow a live Aloe?
You don’t need a live Aloe to experience the benefits.
There are some good 100% aloe products out there. However, live Aloe is really cheap in comparison and is a plant that keeps on giving, because it regenerates.
This is me and my beautiful Aloe plant which I’ve had since she was a baby.
She’s growing quite nicely, and is the best house plant ever.
Because she’s a succulent, she doesn’t mind being neglected for weeks on end and then given a drenching.
….generally my style of gardening.
Aloe vera has been studied by NASA.
It has been found to help remove harmful pollutants known as VOCs from the air, take up carbon dioxide and give back an abundance of oxygen.
Definitely the kind of plant you want in your home.
Plus, kids love the magic of slicing a juicy leaf open and seeing the sap ooze out.
How to use your Aloe
I know it sounds a bit hippy, but I always aske permission before cutting a live plant, and I expect my children to do the same. Plants love to help and heal, so permission is always granted if you’re respectful.
Cut one of the juicy outside leaves at the base. Put the cut end of the leaf in a bowel and allow the yellow sap to drain out. Usually takes a few minutes. Then cut off a small chunk from the end, about 1-2cm long. Cut either side of the leaf until the gel is exposed. You can scrape the gel out with a spoon and apply directly onto the skin.
It is a bit gloopy. Which is why I use it on my face at night (and in the day if I’m home).
Once I have cut leaf a leaf, I keep it in the fridge and use as and when needed.
It’s soothing on sunburn, prickly heat, insect bites and stings.
Brilliant on dry skin conditions especially eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and bacterial and fungal acne.
It accelerates wound healing so works well on chicken pox spots and scars.
A mixture of aloe and colloidal silver used as a mouth rinse heals and soothes mouth ulcers and burns from hot food.
Once you’re finished scaping the leave of all its gel, blend the rind with some water and feed it back to the plant as a potent fertilizer.
Look after your Aloe and it will look after YOU!
Do you have an Aloe? What do you use it for? I’d love to hear from you.