According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Aloe Vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. It is grown in subtropical and tropical locations, including South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and it remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today.
Aloe gel, made from the central part of the aloe leaf, is a common household remedy for minor cuts and burns, as well as sunburns. It can be found in many commercial skin lotions and cosmetics. Aloe contains active compounds that may reduce pain and inflammation and stimulate skin growth and repair. Aloe Vera can reportedly east the pain and dryness associated with radiation burns caused by radiation therapy associated with cancer.
The Men’s Garden Club of Jacksonville would like to provide Aloe Vera plants to cancer patients at no charge, upon their doctor’s suggestion.
An inventory of plants are located in several locations where they are maintained and replenished by Club members. Donn Elliott will coordinate the process by having the patient contact him and determine the closest distribution point location. He will then call that distribution point and give the patient’s name and phone number to them, keeping the distribution site animus and secure. A time and the location will be shared and agreed upon with the patient. Inventory restocking of the Aloe Vera will come through Donn Elliott and from the Club’s membership.
The Aloe Vera Project is our free program to match the growing skills of our Garden Club with the needs of the Cancer Community. As you are aware, Radiation Therapy can cause a painful, itchy skin burn.
It is our intention to provide a free Aloe Vera Plant to all those patients to lessen their discomfort after they have cleared its use with their Medical Team.
We have distribution points in Duval County and cover both Nassau and Baker Counties as well. There are business cards and flyers available to help make the connection work in safety. We are currently trying to extend Aloe distribution to St. Johns County. Any help is appreciated!
Please contact Donn at 904 635-7318 for more information.