The Great Aloe Vera Experiment
While trolling my way around the web, I found an old article on using Aloe Vera gel for healing the teeth and gums. This seemed interesting, and I read and then searched for a few others. Imagine my surprise when not one but several of these articles firmly declared that using aloe gel as a substitute for toothpaste was every bit as effective as those aforementioned toothpastes!
Yup, the stuff from inside the aloe leaves was as good as toothpaste. Fights germs and everything, according to the article. Here’s the link to the study I found which gives all the details of the 15 person study they did, using aloe gel directly injected into disease pockets of gums in the test subjects. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3200013/
I am more used to using aloe gel on my skin for sun burn and the like, but since like most folks I do have a bit of an issue with my teeth and no dental coverage, I figured it couldn’t hurt. So I am going to give it a try.
First and foremost let me state firmly that I am not a doctor! I am just trying this on my own, so if you want to try it, I’d suggest talking to your doctor first. Now that we have that clearly established, let’s proceed.
Since I have a HUGE Aloe Vera plant with lots and lots of little plants cropping up, I took several of the larger older plants and stripped the biggest leaves. The instructions for processing aloe at home advocated using a vegetable peeler to remove the outer skin and leaving just the clear interior gel.
That wasn’t exactly a success, I have to admit. I did my best to scrape the gel from their interior before giving up and simply whirring them into submission in my blender. The result was a thick, sticky green goo. Since I mean to carry out this experiment for at least the next couple of months, I will try to have pictures of the process for you at a later date.
I then put the sticky goo into a mesh colander and set that in a large bowl to catch the drips. I wasn’t aiming to remove all the outer skin of the leaves, just the biggest portion of it. The saponins in the skin have a mild laxative effect, but with the current trend for colon cleansing that is only another plus, right?
Now while my delightful alien slime was settling out, I headed back to the computer to do a little more research.
Apparently Aloe Vera gel has a lot of vitamins. Mike Adams, editor of NaturalNews.com has a very detailed article on the benefits of using Aloe Vera. He also has included links to studies and analyses of the plant and its effects. Here’s the link: http://www.naturalnews.com/021858_aloe_vera_gel.html .
Once the gel had more or less separated from the gunk in the colander, I poured it into a sterilized glass bottle, labeled it and put it in my fridge. Using a shot glass, I poured a one ounce amount and swished around my mouth for several minutes. I can’t say I’m fond of the texture, but the taste wasn’t too bad. Kind of hard to describe, but the best way to say it would be that it tastes very ‘green’—like a mix of celery and kiwi, if you can imagine that. When I was done swishing it, I swallowed the stuff; no sense letting it go to waste, right?
I even used the leftover green gunk as a facial mask, since aloe has such significant benefits for the skin. I just smeared it onto my face and let it sit for twenty minutes while writing this post. My skin is feeling nice and smooth and fresh and my mouth feels pretty good too.
I’ll keep you guys updated as to the results of my Aloe experiment. So far things are in the very early stages, but if it has even half the effects that are claimed for it, this could be a very good thing. Who knew a little houseplant was so good for you? If you have ever experimented with Aloe Vera, I’d love to hear your results as well. Please leave a comment and let me know, or if you have any advice on a better way to process the leaves, it would be great if you would share!
Find your peace, friends.
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