A usable Aloe Leaf should be from about 40 cm long to 80 cm long.
Most aloes available are not the true Aloe Vera.
References to ALOE VERA on our site pertain only to the Aloe variety Barbadensis.
Aloe plants with orange flowers are commonly found in New Zealand. They are however not edible and are toxic.
They have no use for skin treatment. They do not heal burns and cancers. Most are toxic and can cause kidney and liver problems if consumed.
Only use aloe plants that are botanically labelled or identified as Aloe Barbadensis.
Aloe Vera -
Aloe Barbadensis varieties are the True Aloes for healthy skin, healthy body and healthy insides. They are the two aloes used (for medicinal and cosmetic or skin care) by industries worldwide ..... more.
DON'T BE DOOPED!
The Aloe Vera labelled plants sold at numerous retailers, plant stores and nurseries throughout NZ are not the True Medicinal and Skin care Aloe Vera despite the claim of their tags. They are not used by the Health and Skin-care industries and in most cases are toxic. .......more
The Myth and
of Aloe Vera
The two popular synonyms that appear often in regards to the Aloe Vera plant are The Silent Healer and The Miracle Plant.
Read complete article on the History of Aloe Vera.......
There are many varieties of aloe throughout the world. Of these only three have the Health properties the name Aloe Vera is renown. Aloe Barbadensis and Aloe Barbadensis-Miller are the varieties used throughout the Health Care, Skin Care and Cosmetic Industry world wide and are the only beneficial varieties. The variety Arborescens. is not used for a few reasons - it is not suitable for ingestion (the aloin from the skin can cause liver and kidney problems after a reasonable period of use), it causes skin irritation to some users, it is difficult and very laborious to harvest and fillet for gel, and finally it is not as generally as beneficial as the two Barbadensis varieties.
If you wish to discuss the authenticity of Aloe Vera plants please email me and include your cell phone number and I will contact you as soon as I can.
Diagrams with full instructions on
how to extract the gel for juice.
Refrigerated juice will keep for about 4 - 6 days.
The Fresh Aloe leaf will keep it's beneficial qualities for about 3 weeks stored in a cool and dry environment.
Only refrigerate leaf in hot, humid months.
If you wish to extend the life of the juice naturally, add 0.5% (5mls) Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) or Citric acid. A level tsp per litre.
This will extend the life well beyond a month.
Ascorbic Acid and Citric acid powders are available in most health or organic stores and some chemists or you can purchase small bags from us.
See our shop.
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