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Aloe Vera Health Story - Recovery Following Skin Damage in the Garden

Why is gardening such a dangerous past-time? It seems like brambles get everywhere.

I've always been a bit of a 'crash through' kind of guy. Get the job done, never mind what happens along the way, just suck up, put up, and worry about any issues when it's over. Most males will be nodding their head now and know exactly what I mean here. If you stab yourself levering a lid off a tin of paint, you wrap it up in kitchen roll, use electrical tape to keep it there, grab your brush and start painting, usually with the line "I ain't got time to bleed".

A few of you will recognize this as a brilliant line from the film Predator, spoken by Jesse Ventura playing the part of Blain Cooper. Whenever I cut myself, this is the line I come out with. Not everyone gets it (or sympathizes), but when they do it usually gets a chuckle.

Anyway, now that I'm 50+ I find that any cut or scratch I get takes a lot longer to heal than it used too when I was younger. I'm sure that is age and collogen related, as when I was young, my own healing ability was just incredible! Cut one day, scab the next day, fallen off overnight and gone the next day, it really was that quick! So now that recovery takes a little longer I was mightily glad to have discovered Aloe Vera, introduced to me by a good friend, who was really trying to sell me some juice and gels in fancy pots and packaging.

I wasn't having any of it, but I did listen to the speel about what Aloe Vera juice and gel can do to speed up healing, both internally and externally. This intrigued the scientist in me and so I looked up 'Aloe Vera' on Google Scholar and discovered over 53,000 studies, papers, medical reviews and articles, that just filled me full of wonder, but at the same time, a feeling of sadness.

Somebody's lying, and either we are missing the greatest trick the world has ever seen, or someone is deliberately trying to pull the wool over our eyes. Anyway, as time goes on, I intend to put more and more of the information I am discovering on this website, so that you can make informed choices of your own, as I did.

That was when I decided to buy my own plant, grow it on and collect the gel for myself. Currently, I have around 400 plants at different stages of development. These are the ones on offer on the order page. I'm sure my friend had my best interests at heart, but as pure as these mass produced products are, in order to make them 'safe' for public use, they are prepared from an extract, boiled to within an inch of their life, filtered and sterilized until there is very little goodness left in it, pumped full of preservatives, and sold as 'pure' product. The 'pure' is to do with the process of preparation, not the plant, or the product. That's just my view, but nobody has so far shown me any different.

Sorry, I digress, this is supposed to be about skin damage in the garden. Have you noticed how straight cuts, like a knife blade, usually heal fairly rapidly, but jagged cuts, like that inflicted by a thorn, can take much longer to heal? I'm sure a straight cut allows the cells to return to the ones they were next too in the first place and so they get right back to sealing over the wound and renewing the blood supply.

On a jagged cut, it's like pulling a plough through the dirt, the tearing and trauma drag cells, nerve endings and blood capillaries out of place, so that the damage is over a much wider area, with some even being displaced. This means the body has to recreate what is now destroyed beyond repair, and therefore, your average jagged cut takes much longer to heal.

Recent damage to my hands after a days gardening, treated ONLY with Aloe Vera Gel straight from the leaf.

Day 1
Healing a hand scratch with aloe
I usually wear gloves - but not today

Day 1
Healing a hand scratch with aloe
Bit daft really as I need my hands for work as a therapist

Day 1
Healing a hand blister with aloe
A gaping hole from gripping a pair of clippers - what's your excuse?

Day 2
Healing a hand scratch with aloe
Ok, so they're pretty on fire now, worse when you wet the cut

Day 2
Healing a hand scratch with aloe
Some skin irritation in this picture, probably from a plant

Day 2
Healing a hand blister with aloe
This must be what an ulcer looks like inside your stomach

Day 3
Healing a hand scratch with aloe
Aloe gel has been going on here

Day 3
Healing a hand scratch with aloe
Every day for 3 days now and

Day 3
Healing a hand blister with aloe
there is some softening and healing

Day 4
Healing a hand scratch with aloe
A lot of changes in just 24hrs

Day 4
Healing a hand scratch with aloe
The rapid recovery is obvious here

Day 4
Healing a hand blister with aloe
I thought this was going to take ages, but look at it!

Day 5
Healing a hand scratch with aloe
Just tiny bits of scab left here

Day 5
Healing a hand scratch with aloe
I think this one is virtually gone

Day 5
Healing a hand blister with aloe
This one is just dry skin left to heal


Remember these are jagged injuries caused by a thorn, and the blister is from pruning bushes. I don't mind telling you, these were sore, but the rose bushes looked a picture. The nature of both these injuries means they would normally take nearly 2 weeks to heal in most people. This result is in only 5 days, just about half the normal time, using nothing more than the gel from my own aloe plants. There is still a little healing to go, but this reinforces my belief in the healing properties of Aloe.

I always suggest that you consult with your GP before applying any new product to your skin, or ingesting any liquid that you don't know the properties of. It may be just possible that they have a good reason for you not to proceed, such as potential clashes with your current medication. But normally, there is no reason for you not to continue and most enlightened doctors will be happy that you are looking for ways to help yourself.

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