Aloe Vera Project
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 ease 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. The Club will have at least seven (7) distribution point’s setup all over Jacksonville to provide the Aloe Vera plants.
The MGC started the Aloe Vera Project in 2014 to
provide aloe vera plants to cancer patients for treatment of burns suffered
when undergoing radiation therapy. Members of the MGC propagate the plants at
their homes and a number of members maintain a supply of the plants that they
deliver to cancer treatment centers and their patients. The Jacksonville Zoo
and Gardens have been most generous in allowing the MGC to build a hoop house
on their grounds where the bulk of our inventory is stored.
The MGC was formed in October, 1945 and is entirely volunteer run and operated. Our primary source of revenue is membership dues and an annual plant sale at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair. Funds raised by the club go towards funding a number of worthwhile programs, such a horticultural scholarship at the University of Florida, the 4H club, Jr. Master Garden Program, Boy Scouts working on horticulture merit badges and projects, as well as our Aloe Vera Project and a camellia garden in Riverside Park.
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 10 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 Elliott at 904 635-7318 for more information.