Farmer Bill says-1

“Drink Aloe” . . . I must admit that I am addicted to Aloe. . . It has made a difference in my life. So much so that I have taken on a life mission of providing the opportunity for every family in the US to grow an aloe plant in their home.  I will be starting with young folks between the ages of 6 & 10.  As a Farmer I love to grow and  I am looking at growing the future Aloe drinkers of America. I will start by making presentations to groups of young folks, like the girl and boy scouts, and talk to each troops about the value of the Aloe plant as it applies to their wellness.  When I leave I will leave them with an Aloe “pup” to grow with the suggestion that when I receive an email with a comment of one way how the Aloe plant can help them, I will give them individually an Aloe pup to grow in their own home, along with this gift, I will then proceed to teach them how to grow quality plants. I will utilize “how to” videos and webinars etc. I will start the education process with learning how to provide quality soil and go from there.   During the education experience I will share how there are a lot of similarities of growing quality plants as to growing quality bodies. As an example, the soil provides structure and nutrition, as does the family unit. Let me know if this interests you.


While I wait for my Aloe shipment, I am poking around the web looking for more interesting articles to share with you.  It’s a little tricky to find product-neutral articles but still there’s a lot of really interesting material.  One question I have is how feasible is it to grow your own aloe and harvest it?  Here is a youtube vid I found where a lady named Natasha is showing us how to process and add fresh Aloe to orange juice for a refreshing drink. She seems pretty knowledgeable about the benefits of aloe.  She seems rightly cautious about the potential for aloe manufacturers to deliver a product that hasn’t been processed properly.

I feel unwilling to cut up my pet aloe plant, though.  Maybe when it sends up shoots I can use them to start my own mini aloe farm.  Which may take years . . . Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy the convenience of my bottled aloe, which I know has been prepared right.


If you have been following this thread, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted in a while.  The usual suspects, the holidays, too busy to write, ran out of Aloe and haven’t gotten around to re-ordering.  So I don’t have much to report.

Except . . . what I miss about Aloe.

My skin is dry again.

I love the Aloe lotion, which I still have.  It makes my skin feel great.  But I miss the hydration from the inside that I got from taking the Aloe internally.  Also, the kids and I got the stomach flu.  Yuck.  That was two weeks ago and my body is still coming back into balance.  Could we have skipped that interlude if we hadn’t stopped taking Aloe?  Of course there’s no way to know that; however, there is one thing I know and that is that I’m re-ordering my Aloe today.

This blog post is part of a series of posts written by Trina Brunk which you can find under the heading “Aloe Adventurers”.

One benefit of Aloe that I didn’t expect, but which seems obvious to me by now after a week of looking up Aloe information on the web . . . Over the past few years, I have became accustomed to feeling discomfort and bloating in my belly.  I tried eliminating different foods from my diet to get the feeling to go away.  To a degree this would help, but the benefits didn’t seem to be long lasting.   I’d especially feel it in the wee hours of the morning.  I would unconsciously tense up, bracing myself against the feeling.  Of course this became a stressor that has been more or less present in my life.  I just kind of took it for granted and pushed it to the back of my awareness, coped on top of the discomfort.

What I’ve noticed in the past few days is an increasing feeling of peace in my belly.  That might sound funny to you, but it feels great to me!

I am feeling hopeful that I can re-learn how to relax.

This blog post is part of a series of posts written by Trina Brunk which you can find under the heading “Aloe Adventurers”.

I got my shipment of aloe.

I tried it.  It didn’t taste bad . . . but not so good either.

At least, not to me.  My eldest son wouldn’t have anything to do with it, but my middle and youngest sons were really excited about it.  My youngest son asked for seconds and when I warned that you shouldn’t take too much or it might cause your bowels to move more than usual, they both begged for more.  Who can fathom the workings of little boys’ minds?

For myself, I’ll see if it’s an acquired taste.  Meanwhile, is it OK to add it to another juice to make it more to my liking?  I found one site that suggested adding aloe gel to orange juice.  I tried it . . . yumm!

I can do this.

I also received in my shipment some aloe body care products.  My hands had become extremely dry and chapped in the cold dry weather and I felt delighted by how quickly the lotion soothed my hands.  I was surprised too by how quickly they made a significant difference in how my eldest son’s hands looked and felt.   Yaay!


I am in the process of getting the needed permission to write a children’s story about the history and operation of a particular Aloe farm through the eyes of an Aloe Pup named “Hunter”

This aloe pup is named “Hunter” after the young son of an Aloe farmer, who I just met this weekend at a Aloe Farm in Texas. I was very impressed with this young man who is 4 years old. His presence has inspired me to write a childrens story about what I learned while visiting this farm. The father, is one of a team of very qualified and highly experienced farmers at This farm who grow quality certified organic Aloe pups as well as other plants for commercial use.

In this story, as Hunter talks about the history and vision of this this farm, the story will present an opportunity for a child reading this story to learn about farming (gardening) learn about aloe, learn about plant nutrition, learn about Care First – loving, caring, sharing giving and receiving as it applies to plants and to families and communities.

Besides writing the narritive, Right now we are on the drawing boards creating an aloe “puppy” character, to visually protray Hunter as a young bright, full of energy and curiosity young pup, ready and excited to tell this story.

I need to make another her trip or two to this farm and visit more with Hunter, himself, to get his perspective as well as well as talk with the professional team operating this farm to collect information about their organic farming techniques that make them so unique. This will Be a fun project indeed.


Send us your Aloe Story and we’ll post it!

Dec 102011

Yea, I just ordered some Aloe to “test drive” and see if it will work for me.  I expect to receive my shipment within the next week, and i will keep you posted as to my thoughts and progress.

Meanwhile, I’m suddenly curious — I am wanting my children to try Aloe. I am a bit challenged in that their dad and I are co-parenting, and in our case that means pretty big differences in how we approach food and nutrition.  Let’s just say that I’ve got opinions about nutrition that their dad doesn’t share . . . and while I’m not rigid about enforcing them, I really would like to see the kids get more solid nutrition in a way that doesn’t make me come across as the ‘bad guy’.  (I’m tired of being the bad guy.)   But I see signs that the kids’ digestion could be better, especially my 3 year-old’s.  And my 5 year-old’s passion for sweets trumps a lot of other food in his diet.  I want him to have something solid.  My 8-year old periodically shows signs of Candida, with the skin on his hands breaking out now and then.  Based on some of the information I’m finding, I am hoping that Aloe Vera could answer some of these concerns.

I did a little research and found some contradictory information.  One source I found said, ‘of course, don’t feed Aloe Vera to children or pets’.  Hmm.  I find it interesting that we’re putting kids and pets into the same basket.  Like their nutritional needs are the same.  Umm, really?  There are no reasons or supporting evidence offered.   I’m not convinced by that source.

I did a search for ‘adverse effects of aloe vera juice” and found a study by Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D. that made it sound extremely safe.  A superficial search only turns up positive information.  I’ll cautiously assume, unless I learn otherwise, that this it’s safe for me to supplement my kids’ diets with Aloe Vera, which is sounding more and more like a miracle herb all the time.

My unanswered question as of yet is whether the kids will drink it.  I’ll keep you posted!

Peace and joy to you until next time . . .

Trina Brunk

Trina Brunk

Ten years ago when I lived in Colorado, a good friend of mine named Bill invited me to try adding Aloe Vera to my diet, to help enhance my health.  I was 30 then, and didn’t think I needed any help with my health.  I was fine, thank you very much.   I figured I would get what I needed from my reasonably healthy diet.  I didn’t think much about it afterward.

Fast forward, ten years later.  I’m 40 now.  Moved to mid-Missouri in 2005, had 3 babies (the oldest is 8), a divorce and a major career change (I recently activated a lifelong dream of being a professional musician).  I am re-inventing my life from the questions — what is truly important to me?  How would my life look if I decided that my dreams and ideas and gifts mattered?  What would happen if I “let go of the shore” (thanks, Karen Drucker) and committed to loving myself?

A few months back I reconnected with Bill and his lovely wife Darla.  Instead of aging, Bill looks the same — actually, maybe younger than he did ten years ago.  Interesting.  I wish I could say the same about myself.  I’m not being mean to myself, but seriously, 3 kids and 10 years has an effect.

Bill asked me to help him set up this blog, since that is what I do on the side to supplement my musician income. As I set it up, I started to do a little research on Aloe and found things that made me sit up and pay attention.  When I was growing up, Mom always kept an aloe plant handy to use when one of us kids would get burned, so I knew about that benefit.  But, could drinking Aloe daily really give me more energy?  Frankly, I could use a hand in the energy department some days.  Other benefits like enhanced circulation, digestive support and help with sinusitis and hydration were intriguing.  I found one web site that claimed that Aloe has been used successfully to treat rheumatoid arthritis.  I sent that link immediately to a friend who’s been suffering.  The more I poke around on the web, the more claims I see about Aloe.  Is it really the miracle that people are saying it is?  And if it’s not, why does it show up so prominently in so many indigenous healing traditions?

I had set out only to set up the structure of Bill’s blog and get him started.  I didn’t expect to find all of the extravagant health claims that are out there on Aloe.  Are they real?  Can they honestly be true?  After several months of sitting on the sidelines, I made a decision.  As part of my “re-inventing Trina’s life” project, I will try aloe for 3 months, and see what differences, if any, I experience.  I will do the research and log it here.  I’ll let you know what it’s like for me and I invite your comments and suggestions as I move forward.

And I need to make it perfectly clear, right now as I begin, that I’m not a scientist, in the health professions, or a professional researcher.  While I am obviously biased in the direction of optimism regarding Aloe Vera based on what I’ve observed about Bill and Darla, I do intend to approach this exploration with healthy skepticism and curiosity and willingness to see various viewpoints.  Most importantly, I hope that sharing my personal experience here is helpful to you as you decide what is right for you.


Darla and I are finishing up our vacation in Maui Hawaii,  and while on the beach being present with the ocean waves, we had a great discussion about “being to busy to take care of ourselves” . . . Mmm sound familiar?  Who is your first Love. . .? Like they say on the airlines with the Oxygen mask briefing . .  put your mask on first.

A thought – – Some folks confuse Being Busy with Being Productive. . . For us, we Understand that Achievement and Purpose should not be rushed. . .

Like a good wine, we suggest that you allow your personal changes and self development to mature and grow gracefully while taking in the surrounding qualities of this moment that will make your soul rich and your life purpose meaningful. . . such as maintaining a healthy body.  It all starts with you, YOUR CHOICES that support your life mission and life purpose.

Darla and I have made the conscious choice to make the changes necessary to take care of our bodies. It is VERY high on our priority list, let there be no doubt.  We are sharing our health journey with you through this blog.  For us it all started with Aloe, and we will never be without using it on a daily base.

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