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Aloe Plant Leaves
updated: Dec 12, 2012, 12:45 PM

Does anyone have or know where I could get a lot of aloe plant leaves? I have recently had surgery and its been recommend that I put fresh aloe (strips of the leaves) for extended periods of time on the scar to help minimize it.

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 COMMENT 353332 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-12 01:02 PM

Just get some Mederma


 COMMENT 353344 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-12 01:49 PM

La Sumida off of Patterson.


 COMMENT 353345 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-12 01:55 PM

Buy some aloe plants and pick the leaves as you need them. Otherwise the leaves will just go bad or dry out.


 COMMENT 353381P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-12 02:54 PM

I have aloe plants all ovet the place and not a single one has leaf's. They are more, like spears that drip and ooze a lot once they are cut. A word of caution, if you apply the ooze over a place that has any blood it will turn dark reddish, and it stays that way until the wound closes.


 COMMENT 353395P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-12 03:30 PM

On the sides of the road all over our local foothills... throughout Mission Canyon, on Tunnel Rd for sure! Just drive around, go to the area between the Mission rose gardens and APS or something, there is plenty of native aloe. Also, you only need a couple of spears or leaves or whatever you call them, a little aloe goes a LONG way!


 COMMENT 353441 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-12 05:47 PM

You don't want native Aloe or Aloe plants that you find along side a road. What you want is the healing properties of Aloe without the potential bacterial contamination that comes with a natural plant in the wild. If your scar is recent, the skin is compromised and your immunity can be low due to the impact of the surgery.

Please, PLEASE ignore the recommendations of local aloe and find a reliable source of sterile aloe for your surgical scar.

After you are well, local aloe is fine, but until then you really need to avoid putting anything on your surgical wound that could compromise your healing or health.


 COMMENT 353462P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-12 06:42 PM

441 is right...a good druggist will agree.


 COMMENT 353478P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-12 07:29 PM

I don't know about all that. We had a plant in our yard and used it my entire childhood and we were fast healers with minimal scars. You can't get better than fresh aloe but if you're scared of nature you can buy it bottled at cvs.


 COMMENT 353501 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-12 08:39 PM

478p I'm not scared of nature. But after surgery in an actual clinical setting, your body's immunity is low. A normal cut or scrape is one thing, a surgical wound in a hospital with the risk you already have bacterium like staph going on is entirely another.

Before assuming other people are scared of nature, please consider the difference between a healthy, non-traumatize immune system and a cut and someone who has just gone through surgery in a setting where they could have any kind of bacterium already on their skin. It doesn't take much to cause infection after that kind of invasive procedure. It's certainly NOT the same as childhood cuts.


 COMMENT 353507P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-12 08:47 PM

OP, please take the advice re: a sterile source of aloe! Get a product recommended by your doctor or pharmacist. Good healing to you.


 COMMENT 353554 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-13 07:47 AM

I've got a pot overflowing, you can have some pups(offsets).

As far as I know, there are no native aloes. Aloe arborescens is most common planted aloe, not medicinal and likely will stain.

The inside of the aloe is probably more sterile than an operating room. I've been using it for decades on surface wounds, road rash, cuts, scrapes. Maybe I'm a fast healer but it seems to help form a scab quicker that releases easier, and minimizes scarring.


 COMMENT 353579P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-13 08:52 AM

I have used my fresh aloe plants for years to heal
small burns, and it works quickly. Just wash the
plant before cutting into it and you probably don't need to worry about infection. I have some extra plants I'd be happy to give you.

For scar healing, once there is no open wound, I also
recommend Mederma, which comes in a tube at most drug stores. Costs about $28-$30 but you only need a tiny amount daily on the wound. I tend to scar, and it really helps minimize scar buildup.

Good luck!


 KATYDID agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-13 09:33 AM

There are many types of aloe. Be sure you know the one that carries the medicinal properties you're looking for. Best of luck with your healing. Pressure and massage at the wound site, once it's not too tender, will minimize scarring, too.


 RESIDENT agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-13 09:34 AM

I've got numerous mature aloe vera plants in my back yard. If you want some, I can provide as much as you want free.

If you'd like to have some, let me know how to contact you.

BTW, aloe vera plants are starting to bloom - beautiful large bright orange flower stalks.


 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-13 04:18 PM

There are no native aloes in Santa Barbara. All aloe species are native to Africa. There are many aloe species that grow here in gardens that have soothing gel in their leaves (those spiky things ARE the leaves, 381P). But not all do, and aloe vera is the species that is most commonly used for wounds, insect bites, sunburn, etc. Aloes are well-adapted to our climate and many of them grow as if they were natives.

Aloe vera plants are usually available at local nurseries--even Home Depot probably has some. Just cut a small piece of a leaf and use the gel from that, then another piece the next day, etc. No need to cut a new leaf off the plant each day. Look at photos of aloe vera online before buying, because sometimes plants are mismarked.



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