I was wondering if anybody is growing an aloe vera plant and is using it on their skin. I have had an aloe plant for a few years and every time I tried to use it I just couldn't stand the stink! It's pretty bad. I'm wondering if this really is aloe vera because it smells nothing like store bought aloe vera, though it looks exactly like the pictures I've seen. So either the manufacturers are doing something to mask the stink or I've got the wrong plant. Does anybody if this is the right aloe vera? Do you know what I might have? Thanks
You've got the real thing! I used to live in the Florida Keys when I was a kid and we would snap off a piece (the plants were growing everywhere!) and squeeze out the gel for sunburns. And, yep...it stunk to high heaven and it was also kind of yellowish and pretty sticky. Store bought aloe has been processed to make it clear and have virtually no smell...and it's not nearly as effective as the real stuff. I'd trade the lack of odor for the enhanced therapeutic properties anyday!
Great, thanks! Now I know that the stink is worth it. Geez, they sure are processing the store bought stuff. How could it possibly be of any benefit? I guess then that the benefits of fresh should be about 1,000 times more. Yeeaahh!!!
My garden is full of aloe, sometimes I cut off some plants because they invade the path to go through, and since yesterday I was buying aloe gel for drinking because I did'nt know how to take anything from my plants: the smell is horrible, but the taste is even worse. Just say that I weaned my 3years old daughter by putting a little bit of that juice on my nipples: 1 time was enough, she never ever tried to suck again. Yesterday somebody told me that if you cut one leaf and you leave it rest for one day, this sickening liquid goes out, and cutting off the base of the leaf that is dark colour ant still has a little nasty flavour, you can eat the rest, for instance, in a salad. I don't know if the remaining odourless sap still is useful for the skin, but I would try. I have'nt even tried to eat it yet, but I feel like doing it soon.
I can't even imagine all the times I've read about using fresh aloe for skin products or even foods like smoothies. What were they thinking!!! And how could anyone not mention the stink!! My sister whos older than me told me that when we were little we had an aloe plant and she used to rub it on her skin when she got sunburns. She said it smelled exactly like the store bought stuff.....so I have no idea where that came from. Anyways, I read that Indians used to rub aloe on their skin when they went hunting to mask their human scent. It seems like it would just draw more attention to themselves. Hey, I wonder if most people who sing the praises of aloe really know what it smells like.... just a thought....Let me know how the aloe turns out if you use it. Thanks
Be careful with eating the green part of aloe...it has powerful laxative effects! Make sure you're close to a bathroom and don't eat it very often because you can develop a laxative dependence on it. Google cape aloes for more info about this.
The plant itself doesn't smell...it's only when you squeeze out the juice/gel on the inside that gets stinky. And there are probably different 'varieties' (don't know the correct botanical term) of aloe. All I know is the stuff that grows wild all over the Keys is pretty smelly and it is definitely aloe! When you first cut the aloe it looks pretty clear, but the juice has a yellow cast that turns pretty yellow and sticky when you squeeze it on your skin. Again there may be different varieties. But the wild aloe works great!!!