Tents of Aloe

Ever felt like you’re living in a “tight spot,” with no room to grow?  Maybe you might feel a bit like aloe…

There’s a lot of info out there on all the wonders and Natural Miracles of Aloe. I’m a believer. I’ve watched a child’s wart roll out painlessly after a week of applying fresh leaf gel topically & drinking a few ounces a day. I’ve watched my own joint swelling reduce, mobility improve, digestion improve, and feelings of toxicity diminish significantly with daily internal use. I’ve seen chronic open sores heal quickly with topical applications.  I’ve watched another person’s eye abnormality shrink in size with 3 times daily topical applications of the fresh gel. (still waiting for it to totally disappear– she isn’t bothered by it, and forgets to apply it regularly now)

I bumped into aloe in my search for solutions several years ago, and again in TaNaK (Hebrew Scriptures) / first 2/3 of the Christian Bible. These points of juncture between Natural Miracles and the Teaching and Instruction in the Original Scriptures fascinate me.

The Original word for Aloe in Scripture is actually related to the word for Tent. That struck me funny… especially considering the way that Numbers 24:5-6 relates the tents of Jacob to Aloes:

“How fair are your tents, O Jacob,
Your dwellings, O Israel!

Like valleys that stretch out,
Like gardens beside the river,
Like aloes planted by the LORD,
Like cedars beside the waters.”
Pic of the Ancient Hebrew Pictographs of ‘Aloe’ and ‘Tent’/’Shine’ :

Aleph: Bull’s Head (Strength, First, Authority)
Hey: Man Standing in Awe, saying “Wow, LOOK!”
Lamed: Shepherd’s Staff (Teaching and Pointing the Way)

Same as above, but with Vav added in: Tent Peg (Secure; Nail down)

Scripture mentions Aloes more than once, and I think it interesting: both their capacity to thrive, being root-bound, and the medicinal values in them. Aloe is beautiful for helping to heal eye problems, soothing irritated skin and digestive lining, and could be an ancient fertility drug (the glyconutrients in it could help the sperm and egg cells find each other)… Not to mention it could be helpful in the “drier times” for marital relations. Watch out, though: Proverbs 7 gives us a heads-up on how its use can be twisted.
So this got me to thinking… what relationships do the properties of this plant have to do with tents???
Maybe our homes are designed to be a place of nurturing so rich that we can thrive in them, even while “root bound” or “tied down” from the life we may have led before we were married?
Maybe our “tent” should be the place to find medicine and healing among those closest to us…
Maybe the most important place to “see clearly” and “have vision” is in our relationships with those in our tent…
Maybe our home is the place where we can find soothing for the irritations that we find outside our tent walls– a place where we sit down in peace and are nourished well…
And maybe our tent is the place for fostering new life and intimacy.
Maybe all of these aspects together are what make our tent shine: the candle left in the window, waiting for us to come home.
Our tent is to be the place that shines with Strength– where we stand in awe of the Shepherd’s Teaching and the Security that await us there.
As always, I’m not the expert on the pictographs. For more info, see
I’m also no doc, and don’t pretend to be one. I am therefore not legally licensed to diagnose, cure, treat, prevent, or otherwise mitigate any disease, and neither is the stuff I generally choose for healing… but then, I’ve not been educated indoctrinated by boards with big pharma reps on them, either 😉  so do your own research and find what works for you 🙂

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