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IMG_0239Until I started my Forever Living business I did not realise that there are around 400 species of Aloe plants found in the world. They are each beneficial in their own way, but there is one species that has been recognized for millennia for its magically soothing abilities – the one that Forever Living use. It is the most potent and effective aloe and is called the Barbadensis Miller.

The History

Aloe Vera is one of the oldest recognised botanicals and records of this plant exist on Sumerian clay tablets from as early as 2200 BC.  An ancient papyrus from 1552 BC which is a medical treatise on listing the use of plant materials as cosmetics and drugs include 12 different formulae for Aloe Vera preparations. So maybe the stories that Nefertiti, Cleopatra and Alexander the Great knew of the value of Aloe Vera is correct.

The name Aloe Vera (True Aloe) is thought to derive from the Arabic word alloeh, Syrian alwai, or Hebrew   halal, meaning a ‘shining bitter substance’. This is why the old laxative remedy ‘Bitter Aloes’ is still listed in the US Pharmacopeia.

The virtues of the plant have been recorded by a number of other great civilisations including Persia, the Middle East, China, Greece, Italy, India and the African continent. It is still a vital part of the health care regime in China as part of their herbal medicine systems. It is also identified as one of the most valuable plants in the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine.

In the early 19th century it was being described in Great Britain as the ‘silent healer’.

It has been endowed with so many marvellous properties that it has been given thousands of evocative names over the centuries. My favourite one is the Japanese ‘ISHA IRAZU’ which means ‘no need for a doctor’. 

What about the Aloe that Forever grows?

One key element to the success of Forever’s products is our commitment to quality and purity. Forever’s aloe vera is grown without using herbicides, pesticides or any artificial colourings or preservatives Forever’s patented stabilisation process ensures that our aloe vera is essentially identical to the inner leaf gel. Forever’s aloe is certified by the International Aloe Science Council which is a confirmation of excellence.

Forever’s aloe vera is not certified organic because a lot of our aloe is grown in the Dominican Republic and Mexico as well as in the U.S, in order to meet the huge worldwide demand. Texas and U.S. organic certification officials are not allowed to visit Forever’s aloe fields outside the U.S, as Forever do not subscribe to the Texas and U.S. organic certification programs which, allows the use of some materials that Forever do not consider environmentally friendly.

This video below shows what the Forever Living Aloe Vera fields look like in the Dominican Republic

What does it do?

It is known for:

  • its beneficial effect on bowel function aiding healthy digestion and acting as a natural ‘balancer’
  • balancing the immune system as it acts as a immunomodulator
  • working on the skin where it is first produced deep in the epidermis by providing essential nutrition to feed the basal cells where they are formed
  • increasing the activity of fibroblasts which are specialised skin cells that produce elastin and collagen
  • soothing muscles and maintaining healthy joints and flexibility because it contains salicylic acid and plant sterols
  • being a useful source of a wide range of minerals, vitamins and 19 of the 20 amino acids needed by the body (including 7 of the 8 essential ones the body cannot make itself)
  • soothing minor burns and stressed skin
  • helping to aid in your skin’s natural ability to regenerate itself

This post has been written by my daughter about he experience with the medical systems in England and Ukraine. I have to say that Ukraine wins hands down- 10 days to get a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis after the National Health System in England had taken 8 months to get nowhere.
The moral of the story is to listen to your body and keep going to the doctors until you get a resolution to a medical issue.
I am extremely proud of her as she has kept working throughout this experience, including changing jobs and moving to a new country. She would not have coped so well in Ukraine without an absolutely fantastic new boss who, with her husband, have given her a lot of support – especially as Sandra has not learnt enough Russian yet to navigate the medical system.
What makes this worse is that our family have a history of auto immune gut problems – I am a coeliac and also have microscopic colitis, one of my brother’s has Crohn’s. My sister has another auto immune disease – rheumatoid arthritis. In light of this the lack of a referal to a gastroenterologist in England is amazing to me. At least in Ukraine you can to straight to the specialist without having to go through a general doctor.
I hope that her experiences help you to have a better result from the NHS even if you have to be persistent.

Sandy Millin

This post is going to pretty personal, won’t mince words, and doesn’t really have anything to do with teaching, but I wanted to share it to get it out of my system. Feel free to skip it, or to scroll down to ‘The moral of the story’.

(Bear with me – there is a point to this, and a reason I’m telling you in such detail…)

What happened?

In December 2012 I was off work for a month with diarrhoea, which I believed was brought on by exhaustion (a lack of holidays during the year – my own fault because I filled it with London 2012 and Delta) and stress (Delta again). I went to the doctor a few times and they gave me various tests, including a blood test for coeliac, which my mum has, and another for iron – low iron is also a family problem. The coeliac…

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