About Anise Essential Oil and Herb


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 14-02-2014

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Anise plant


            This herb is one of those that is so common that practically everyone has smelled it, tasted it, and probably even has it in their kitchen right now! This is true whether you are from the West or the East, North or South. When you were small your mother may have given you tea made of the seeds of this herb. If you have ever tasted licorice candy, you will begin to get an idea of what the flavor of anise is all about. I always thought that the flavor I tasted was from the licorice, but it turns out that it wasn’t after all!

            The scientific name for this herb is “Pimpinella anisum”, and the essential oil is usually steam distilled. It is derived from the “fruit” of the plant, which looks like little greenish seeds. One of the best (and most common) ways to have anise is to make it into a tea, but the oil is lovely, and if you have ever had anise candy, you would know why people love it.

            Although anise is originally probably from the vicinity of ancient Egypt, and was also known in ancient China, it is now being cultivated almost all over the world. This is one of those universal herbs that are well-known all over the world, and the history of anise seed use is ancient. Anise in ancient times was superstitiously known as the herb that protects against the evil eye.

            From a medicinal point of view, anise is one of the most valuable herbs, as it is good for many different things and it smells and tastes wonderful. People even give it to babies when they are crying a lot also, because it is so safe. For babies, the most common use is for colic and gas, and it is great for calming down a fitful baby, in order to help him sleep.

Anise is good for colds and the flu. If you suffer from a cough, you will get a great deal of relief from anise seed. Bronchitis sufferers can either drink a lovely, soothing tea made of anise (along with other herbs like fennel and peppermint), or rub an essential oil blend with anise oil added onto their chest, for immediate relief. Anise is particularly great for helping to get the phlegm out of phlegm conditions. And it has immense value when it comes to asthma sufferers. It is also known as beneficial for people who smoke, in order to reduce the effects of the smoking and again, to reduce the phlegm. In this respect, steaming with hot water and some anise seed essential oil would be of great use. 

People who suffer from digestive problems will also do well to use anise in order to get relief. Gas, colic, and upset stomach will all benefit from anise. It is particularly useful with laxatives, since they are prone to causing abdominal discomfort. The anise will reverse that effect and help to get rid of or reduce that problem. On the flip side, anise is also great for those who are suffering from diarrhea! In the same vein, it is great for nausea, and halitosis (bad breath) too.

            Anise oil has even been known to be used in order to get rid of lice! Along the same lines, you could also employ it for your animals, and they sure would smell great!

            For breastfeeding mothers, there is nothing better, because it not only helps with increasing the milk production, but it also relays benefits to the baby (such as calming and reducing colic, as mentioned before).

Anise Oil

NOW Foods Anise Oil, 1 ounce (Pack of 2)

Anise oil is great for those suffering from after exercise muscle pain. Just rub an oil blend containing anise essential oil in order to get relief. Those suffering from rheumatic pain will also be wise to try this treatment.

            Anise is said to be great for the concentration, and great for a general tonic. For ladies who suffer from a lack of menstruation, or difficulty therewith, anise will be a great help.

            Since ancient times anise has been used for those suffering from epilepsy, and convulsive disorders, and recent research has shown that, indeed, there is benefit to be found in anise. It is also a great general relaxant and tonic.

            Even though anise is so safe that even babies can take it, still, remember the less is more rule. That is always important no matter how safe the herb is that you are taking. Again, less is more!

Organic Star Anise

Anise Star Whole Organic – Illicium verum, 1 lb,(Starwest Botanicals)

Organic Anise Seed

Starwest Botanicals Organic Anise Seed, 1-pound Bag

About Lemongrass Essential Oil and Herb


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Health, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 14-02-2014

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The herb that we are talking about today is normally used as a cooking herb. In Malaysia, India, other Asian countries, and all over the world lemongrass is used to flavor delectable dishes. But, few people realize that lemongrass can be a medicinal herb as well. In fact, in the world of aromatherapy, lemongrass is a well-known essential oil, and is used for a variety of ailments.

The scientific name for lemongrass is “Cymbopogon citrates”, and the essential oil is derived by steam distillation, as are most essential oils. This particular essential oil has a very mild, lemony aroma. It is native to India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, apparently, but now is grown in a few other places as well. There are a couple other types of lemongrass, but the one I have mentioned here is the one used for medicinal purposes. Lemongrass is a fairly inexpensive essential oil, so it is often used in place of some of the more expensive ones, and gives a similar curing and relieving action.

Lemongrass oil is very antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antifungal, which is why it is so great for infections like athlete’s foot. It also can help with those who suffer from too much perspiration, and helps to avoid that inevitable embarrassment that accompanies people who are plagued with such complaints.

For your skin, lemongrass is great for acne and other inflamed types of skin complaints. Those who have complaints due to aging skin will like the results they get with lemongrass. Lemongrass is even known for its beneficial action against stretch marks, and saggy skin. Oily skin will generally not be able to get one over on you either, and for those who suffer more difficult skin problems, lemongrass will probably be able to take care of that as well. In fact it is even known to help with that horrible infliction, scabies! Since lemongrass is so detoxifying, those who suffer from cellulite will often notice a lot of difference when lemongrass oil is used in a blend as a massage oil.

For those who suffer from gas or indigestion, lemongrass will certainly help to set your digestive system straight. People who suffer from colitis will benefit from the use of lemongrass. It can also help with diarrhea, and for those who suffer from nausea and vomiting, it is great. It is even known for its use with gastroenteritis.

If you suffer from muscle aches and pains, then lemongrass alone, or even better a synergetic blend of more than one essential oil will be just what the doctor ordered.

Lemongrass is good for the circulation, and for those who suffer from circulatory problems will find that lemongrass oil in a base can be rubbed directly over the offending area, for practically instant relief.  

Lemongrass is great for those who are suffering from an overly stressful life, and will help to relax. Even those suffering from complete nervous exhaustion can benefit from the powers of lemongrass.

New breastfeeding mothers who are having problems with a lack of milk can use lemongrass in order to help increase the milk flow in a gentle way, and the extra added benefit of that will be that your baby will be calmer, and more relaxed, in addition to the side benefit of having a baby with little likelihood of intestinal colic.

Also, for you ladies out there who suffer from irregular menstruation, lemongrass is great for regulating the system, and bringing everything back into order.  

Lemongrass  Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential Oil. 30 ml (1 oz). 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade.

Just as citronella, lemongrass is also great for keeping those pesky bugs at bay! And if you are going on a camping trip in the woods, then there is nothing better than citronella, and lemongrass is a good substitute for citronella if it isn’t available. In fact, many people use lemongrass oil on their animals and small pets in order to keep the fleas, lice, and ticks at bay too! And, you can always be sure that your pet will be sweet-smelling when using lemongrass oil!

People who suffer from fever, and those who are prone to getting headaches, will like the effects of lemongrass. It not only relieves the complaint, but also helps in a very subtle manner. In addition to that it is good for colds and the flu. It is also great for getting rid of laryngitis.  

Lemongrass oil is not only aromatically pleasing, but also helps with a host of medical and beauty complaints as well. Keeping some lemongrass herb in your kitchen will definitely enhance your culinary experience, but having some lemongrass essential oil in your medicine chest, will make you a happier, healthier person!

Organic Lemongrass

Frontier Natural Products Organic Lemongrass Cut and Sifted — 16 oz

Lemongrass Tea

The Tao of Tea Lemongrass, Certified Organic Herbal Tea, 1-Pounds

Do You Have Flat Feet? If So, Read On For An Amazing Easy Remedy For the Pain And Suffering of Flat Feet


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home, Uncategorized | Posted on 06-02-2014

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Flat Feet

Flat Feet Sufferers Listen Up!

If you suffer from flat feet… help is really on the way.

There are two great things you can do if you suffer from flat feet.

1 – You need to get reflexology treatments for yourself, or do it for yourself (for example, take a hand reflexology course)…

2 – You need to get shoes that are made with great arch support so that when you walk your feet (and therefore your back, etc) will be totally relaxed and in the correct position.

If you do both of these things your flat feet problem will certainly feel much better, and may even go away completely (I have noticed that several people who had flat feet got better after doing reflexology several times)…. yes, strange but true.

Quick and Easy Way to Get Rid of Migraines


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 03-02-2014

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If You Suffer From Migraines Read On!

language: AR-SA;”>There are two main reasons for migraines (there are others, but they are rare)…

The most common reason for migraine (and this has been confirmed in my own alternative medical practice) is sinus problems.

This could be anything from sinus infections to allergies. This problem may get worse at the time of the menstruation, but not necessarily.

With this type of migraine you may have pain in the front, sides, or top of your head. You may also have pain in your face, around your eyes, in your eyes, etc.

The second most common type of migraine is the type that comes from neck strain, back strain, stress, shoulder strain, etc.

The pain for this type of migraine generally radiates up the neck into the head, could be in the back of the head, etc.

Both types of migraine are easy and simple to remedy. YAY!

Here is one of the things that will help you in your fight against migraines..

Reflexology Atlas
The Reflexology Atlas

Quick and Easy Way to Get Rid of Dizziness and Vertigo


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 01-02-2014

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Easy Natural Remedy for Dizziness and Vertigo!

If you are suffering from dizziness (vertigo), you will be eager to find out how to solve the problem.

This is a problem that many people suffer from, particularly people who also have sinus problems.

Many medical professionals tell their patients that this problem is due to something in their head, high blood pressure, neck problems, and other things.

But, the reality is that, in my experience, ALL of my patients had the same cause of this problem, sinus congestion, either chronic or acute, and the problem was easily solved with a very simple reflexology technique.

What is Dizziness and Vertigo From?

The main cause of dizziness is an imbalance in the inner ear.

This imbalance is usually caused by problems in the sinuses, although, sometimes there is no apparent cause.

In my personal experience as a natural practitioner having seen thousands of patients over the years, there is always a cause, whether apparent or not, and it’s usually from sinus congestion of one form or another, even if the person isn’t aware they are suffering from a problem.

When the liquid in the inner ear is disturbed or changed, you can’t balance properly, and therefore feel dizzy.

Reflexology for Dizziness and Vertigo

There is a reflexology point that is the only thing you need to learn in order to cure your dizziness.

You can use this reflex point either on the hands or the feet. You will need to make sure that when you press on the point, you do it on both hands or both feet, so that you take care of both sides of the body. (This is even if you’re sure your problem is only on one side).

You open your fingers (on the hand) and the spot right between the fore and third fingers and the fourth and pinkie fingers, down deep into the base of the fingers is exactly the spot you need to press.

You should also press all around that area, in order to make sure that you are pressing the correct place.

You will know when you have got the right place, because it will hurt like crazy! If it doesn’t hurt, believe me, you don’t have the right area.

You will need to press quite hard in order to get relief, but even light pressing (if you absolutely can’t take it) is effective.

It will just take longer to get cured.

You will want to press as hard as you can and as hard as you can take.

But use your hands (fingers and thumbs) only.

Don’t use any wooden prods, or any other objects.

Remember, when you use your hands, you are not only getting the benefit of the pressing, but you are also getting a good dose of universal energy!

On the foot it’s between the same numbered toes.

Reflexology for the Hands

Reflexology is pretty much just as effective on the hands as it is on the feet.

So, if you are going to be doing your own treatments, don’t worry.

You can still get a very effective treatment on your hands, too.

When you are pressing the points for the inner ear and around that, you will need to really dig deep down in between the two middle fingers and almost down to the bone.

It will hurt if you have the right location.

Supplementary Sinus Relief (To Help Reduce Dizziness and Vertigo Even More)
This is the section I have been promising everyone)…

Anyone who knows anything about the human anatomy knows that the sinuses and ears are basically open onto one another.

So, if you are suffering from sinus issues, you can be pretty sure you are going to suffer from ear issues as well.

Unfortunately, one of the most common ways we feel the ear – sinus relationship is by feeling dizzy.

The congestion seems to get into our inner ear (or at least affect it) and puts us off balance and sometimes makes it seem like the room is spinning.

This can be quite dangerous if it comes upon us suddenly, particularly if we are driving the car when it happens.

Or, what if we are operating dangerous machinery?

I wouldn’t want anyone to be in such a horrible situation ever.

So, is a very simple and easy remedy to keep your sinuses clear and open, which, in turn, helps to keep your inner ear in order and balanced.

Steaming With Essential Oils Is Easy To Do

All you have to do to clear out your sinuses and help your dizziness and vertigo is STEAM!!!!

Just take a pot or bowl (stable) of hot steaming water, have a towel ready, and put drops of your favorite essential oil… either eucalyptus, thyme, or pine.

eucalyptus oil   pine oil   thyme oil

Put 2 – 4 drops (Watch out for thyme, which is very strong, although very, very effective)…

Then, with the towel over your head.. inhale the steam as deeply as you can….

That’s it! EASY PEASY!!!

Alternatively, you could try using a steam inhaler.. I am going to put a link below to the highest rated ones on Amazon.

steam inhaler

This one is kind of expensive, but highly rated, and seems to be easier to use than any of the other ones….

Sinus Washing
The Neti Pot

Yes, for some people this will be weird.

But, for others, this will be the difference between suffering and not.

Using a neti pot to wash ones sinuses out with salt water is the most amazing and easy solution to nasal congestion in general.

It is easy to learn how to use, but, for some people may feel strange in the beginning.

Push yourself and go for it… there isn’t a person I know who has used this and not raved about it.

Here’ s a link to the most popular neti pot on Amazon…

neti pot


Simple Herbal Remedy – My Own Personal Choice For A Quick and Natural Cure for Hemorrhoids and Fissures


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 31-01-2014

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Image Credit: livingwithhemorrhoids.blogspot.com

If you are suffering from hemorrhoids, anal fissures, or any other type of inflammation “down there” whether you just got them or have been suffering for a long, long time, there is a way to get rid of them….

Yes, it’s true…you really CAN get rid of your piles, anal fissures and anal inflammation forever…

This amazingly easy remedy is completely natural, easy to use, and works like a miracle….

AND you can do it in the privacy of your own home.

No more embarrassment…

No more showing your butt…. (or worse.. the inside of your butt… yech) to the doctor…

This is the recipe that I have used with my patients for years and years with amazing results.. in fact, miraculous…

No more operations, no more chemical medications… no more pain and suffering…no more disgustingness…

This is the same recipe that I used to rid myself forever and ever of anal fissures, and inflammation…. (that was over 20 years ago 🙂 and having 3 operations that didn’t work completely anyway)…. and probably thousands of my patients who had suffered with piles over the last more than 20 years…

And… the best part of all is that this amazing remedy doesn’t cost you a single penny (all you have to do is get the herbs or essential oils)….

This remedy is my gift to humanity…

After all, if you have information that can help people, you have to share it… and that is my quest here…

Don’t fret any more about this nasty, uncomfortable, miserable disease.

No more pain, no more bleeding, no more nothing!

Keep reading for the cure that will help you get rid of them forever and ever.

(By the way.. I am an alternative health practitioner specializing in essential oils, herbs, and nutritional therapy, reflexology, and other body therapies of various types, so I know what I’m talking about, too).

Here’s A Butt Pillow For Your Comfort!!!

A BUTT PILLOW you say?????

Yes… no joke.. here is a butt pillow… soothing comfort for your sensitive areas….

You absolutely don’t want to suffer in this way on hard chairs .. so using a properly designed cushion to keep your butt comfy is a really good idea.

No need for any unnecessary pressure on your anus (yes…. we do have to use that word sometimes)…

Aylio Orthopedic Cushion


Aylio Coccyx Orthopedic Comfort Foam Seat Cushion

What The Heck Are Hemorrhoids Anyway???

I’ll tell you what you AREN’T…

They aren’t from THIS:


And they aren’t from this:


What ARE Those Nasty Purple Bleeding Things Coming Out of My BUTT???

Hemorrhoids are simply enlarged (sometimes super enlarged) varicose veins of the butt.

(Which is why the oil blend remedy is goof for varicose veins too).

Sometimes they are on the inside and sometimes on the outside of your rectal area (sorry.. this subject requires talking about those forbidden nether regions)…

Sometimes they bleed and sometimes they don’t.

Sometimes they hurt and itch and sometimes they don’t.

But the “BOTTOM LINE” (he he) is that they are absolutely terrible.

There are a number of reasons that might make them come out, including constipation, diarrhea, a bad diet, wiping too hard (you should really be using water and washing rather than wiping anyway), pushing when pooping (sorry for the grossness)… and other reasons…

The standard treatment for hemorrhoids (which are also known as “piles”) is first gels or creams (to reduce the inflammation and hopefully the swelling), a fibrous diet, sitz baths, sometimes laxatives, suppositories, and, if all else fails, surgery.


You don’t have to have surgery!!!!

And, sometimes fiber can make it worse.. so eating properly is important, but what you eat might not be what you think.

But, most importantly.. use the essential oil blend and cleansing protocol that I am about share with you…

Butt Pillow

Click on the image to buy this cushion from Amazon. 🙂

BUT WHY ME???????

Why Do We Get These Nasty Buggers???

There are a number of reasons that people might get piles…

Many pregnant women get them because of the strain of the weight of the baby and the constipation that sometimes comes along with being pregnant.

Other women get them on the delivery table.. for obvious reasons (to anyone who has ever had a baby)… from pushing.. sometimes other things get pushed out too, including veins.

People who are chronically constipated or chronically have diarrhea often get them more.

Sometimes they just come for no apparent reason at all…

They are miserable, itchy, painful, sometimes bloody.. and just plain gross!!!

The Recipe for the Cure

Yes.. it is a cure type of remedy… not only for relief… although it gives that too 🙂

My Own Personal Recipe for to get rid of hemorrhoids forever:

Cypress Pure Essential Oil
Pure Olive Oil


Cypress Pure Essential Oil
Calendula Infused Oil

You can add some geranium oil in too if you like.. that makes this amazing recipe even better…

What else will you need?

Common Bar Soap

(Yeah, can you believe that is all there is????)

How to Do It

Every time you go to the bathroom (yeah.. why are we using potty talk here? … oh well) after you’re done you will need to wash with bar soap and water, and then dry very well.

Take 10 ml (or around 1/3 oz or 2 teaspoons of olive oil or calendula oil) and mix it with 3 or 4 drops of cypress oil (if you are using the geranium oil you will use slightly less of the cypress).

Blend well, and keep in a dedicated dropper bottle or any other covered closed glass bottle type container, preferably not clear (because essential oils will evaporate if left in a clear container or in heat or the sun.

Use the oil blend immediately after drying every time you go to the bathroom for a B. Movement (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, leave a message below..)

Here are some links to the oils that you will need for this remedy:

 cypress oil         Geranium Oil       Calendula Infused Oil


Water Is Important, Too, For Helping You To Avoid The Big H or Anal Fissures

Drink plenty of water and better yet, drink ionized alkaline water

As our visitor said… water is important and ionized water is amazing.

There have been many scientific studies about this type of water, and all of the hype is actually true.

Yes, the machines that make the alkaline ionized water can sometimes be priced rather high…

So I have chosen one of the most highly rated, that happens to be one of the least expensive (and safest)…

Even better… when you look at the health benefits (and it’s not only good for reducing enlarged veins and anal fissures), you will see that a water ionizer (which makes both alkaline and acid water) can be an amazing addition to your life in general, for all types of health issues that you might be suffering from.

So, it’s not just about drinking water, but also about cleaning water, cleaning food (the acid water can clean anything and de-germ faster than any other product, plus, the best part of all – no chemicals!!!!

You can even use this special water in the washing machine!

I have a friend who has one of these and absolutely adores it.

This is my dream machine… 🙂

I am saving up to get one.. they are just that awesome.

Steak Dinner

Eating For Relief

Eating Right Can Help You To Get Rid of Them Forever….

If you suffer from piles or fissures, you are going to want to make sure that your bowel movements are as healthy as possible.

I know this subject isn’t very nice to talk about, but I am going to do it anyway to help all those people out there who are suffering.

You need to know that you don’t need to suffer!

There is a way to help yourself.


Stay away from junk

Eat as naturally as you can

Eat veggies and a very small amount of fruit (if anything, none is probably better)

Don’t eat TOO much fiber, because then you could go the other way and make it worse!

Make sure your fiber is always balanced with protein and fat…

Eat plenty of protein and FAT (Yes.. fat!).. but only healthful fats like butter, tallow, olive oil coconut oil, and a few others.

Stay away from soda and other sugary drinks (and preferably stay away from diet drinks, too)…

Stay away from ALL refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, cookies, cake, etc.) (as much as possible)…

Fight Constipation

Constipation is one of the things that can bring the veins out…

Constipation can also cause a fissure..

Neither of these are fun to have.

They bleed, they sting, they itch, and they are generally horrible and miserable.

If you are suffering and you are constipated, it is better not to put more pressure on the area.

This is particularly true for those people who don’t want to follow a diet.

There is an easy, pretty much non chemical way to get rid of constipation on the spot.

You can use glycerin suppositories.

Glycerine Suppositories

While I know this isn’t a comfortable situation and no one wants to be constipated or have problems like these… but, sometimes things are not in our control…

This goes the same for young children and babies…they can get anus problems and inflammation too.

Childrens Glycerine Suppositories

But, just make an effort to use these only in the case of emergencies..

sitz bath

Sitz Baths For The Soothing Effect

Sitz baths are soothing and healing for the anal area…

Sitz baths are great for easing the pain and itching.

The sitz bath will help soothe the sensitive area and sometimes can even help to get rid of the piles once and for all.

All you have to do is fill the bathtub or a small roundish tub that you can easily sit in with hot to warm water (as hot as you can stand or less.. but not cold).

Then you can add various natural things like……

Epsom salts

Sea salt

Lavender Essential Oil

Cyprus Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil

All of these are really great choices, and will definitely work to help you to feel much better….

Here are some links to all the things that you will need to make a sitz bath:

Sitz Bath TubEpsom SaltHimalayan Sea SaltCeltic Sea SaltLavender Essential OilTea Tree Essential Oil

How To Make a Sitz Bath Video on YouTube

Sitz baths are pretty easy to make.. watch these pointers now…

Yes, This Is Serious Stuff

Let’s Talk….

So, if you suffer from hemorrhoids there is help for you….

So, refrain from jumping into surgery (which a lot of people do unnecessarily)…

You CAN get rid of them and it’s not really that difficult at all.

In fact, if you employ the advice above…. you should have relief in no time at all (literally one or two days usually)…

Hammurabis Code

The Ancient History Of Hemorrhoids

(And I bet you didn’t know there even was an ancient history of them, did you?)

The first known mention of piles goes all the way back to approximately 2250 BC!!!!!

Mention of it is said to have appeared in Hamurrabi’s Code…

And that was a long, long time ago!


Ancient Egyptian Proctologists???

And If You’ve Got ‘Em, You Gotta Know There Is Going To Be Someone To Get Rid of Them..

Well.. maybe….

The fact is that remedies for such ailments have been mentioned since ancient Egyptian Pharoah times.

They even wrote about several different possible cures (like certain essential oils, for example).

How smart!



Barbaric cures?

In ancient times one of the “cures” was to cauterize them…… .

In fact, they are still treated in that way… but in those days the people were awake and didn’t have any anesthetic!!!




Yes… Hippocrates was on the bandwagon too…..

Even Hippocrates had a special remedy of this own….

His cure was along the lines of the the ouchy ones (cutting and burning)…

Double Yikes!

Ancient Aloe Vera Cure


Dioscorides (ancient Rome) described a treatment using natural Aloe Vera gel straight from the leaf.

I do believe that I could go along with this one…

After all… there is practically nothing more soothing than aloe vera… right?

But, it would be kind of gloppy…..

That would be the only setback with this one….