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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 is inspired by a blog “A librarian’s worth around the world’. There is a statement at the end of the blog which says:

Librarians are trained professionals with advanced degrees. They make a huge contribution in their libraries and communities.

I agree with the 2nd part of the statement more than the first as there are a lot of excellent library staff  who are not professionally qualified, but who, with training, are professional in the work that they do.

The blog compares American public libraries with Amazon transactions (every day libraries circulate nearly 4 times more items than Amazon handles), and Macdonald’s buildings (12,804 compared to 122,011). Both of these companies have high profiles and many people know about what they do – this is rarely the case for public libraries and is something we all need to do something about.

There are a number of statistics which show the volume and range of work that libraries do – which also show how the cumulation of statistics can have  a wow factor. It made me think about the fact that libraries need to be promoting and SHOUTING  about the positive impact we have in what we do – even in the difficult times we are currently living through. This has been done by some people, one of whom is Liz McGettigan who manages Edinburgh Libraries in Scotland.

The list of information at the end of the blog giving an overview of what librarians do for their libraries and communities might form the basis of a series of blogs if I can get enough content for them ….

Just a quick post today with a Coeliac theme as I really wanted to share my good experience with this cafe. They understood my needs and had a range of food so that I had a good choice. Add to that a lovely location in the harbour with views of Shotley, Felixstowe and the ferries going to Parkeston. What more could a water loving Coeliac need.

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