Why aloe is the new black

Monday, 3 November 2014


Used both topically and orally, aloe vera dates back to over 5000 years. Aloe vera gel comes from the inside of the green leafy skin, whilst the juice is produced from the outer leaf. Best known for treating a host of skin conditions, aloe vera is also surprisingly good for the body.

What are some of the benefits?

– It’s great for detoxing
Containing trace elements, vitamins and minerals, it helps the body flush out toxins.

– It helps with digestion
Aloe vera juice increases our protein absorption and improves bowel regularity. Yay for good digestion!

– It’s a natural anti-inflammatory
Containing 12 different substances that help reduce and prevent inflammation, it helps ease stiff and painful joints.

– It’s good for your teeth and gums
As aloe contains anti-bacterial and anti-microibial properties, it promotes healing in the mouth (hence why so many toothpastes contain aloe!).

Try this fresh juice with your breakfast:

Light and lemony aloe drink
(courtesy of greenprophet.com)

1 Cucumber
1 Apple
1 Lemon
2 tbsp aloe vera pulp (available at health shops)

1. Blend the apple and the cucumber in a juicer.
2. Add the lemon juice.
3. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and scoop out 2 tbsp of the pulp and add it to the mixture.

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. dirtdiva

    I simply adore Aloe Vera, one of the worlds little miracles! Aloe vera produces at least six natural antiseptics, which are able to kill mold, bacteria, fungi and viruses. In fact, the plant is so powerful that researchers and scientists are looking into it’s potential as an AIDS and cancer-fighter. Drink it to help ease congestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections and prostate problems. Reverse signs of aging skin and wrinkles. Cleopatra did!

    5 years ago •

  1. Khuzwayo

    Can I just pick aloe from my yard and use it< or is there a specific one I should use?

    5 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Khuzwayo, it should be fine. Be sure to wash it thoroughly though. Once cut open, you’ll want to rinse off the sap as it can be quite bitter.

      5 years ago •

  1. Anne

    It definitely helps with detoxing. Tried and tested!

    5 years ago •

  1. Hess

    I know it sounds so healthy, but I am always so scared it will be bitter.

    5 years ago •

  1. Stacey

    Which stores have aloe products and which stores specifically stock aloe vera pulp?

    5 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Stacey, you can find aloe juice is most Wellness Warehouse stores in Cape Town. They may also have aloe pulp.

      5 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Nice, I will try this out. I love that it has so many benefits!

    5 years ago •

  1. Candice Petersen

    Aloe products are amazing for the skin! Thanks for the info

    5 years ago •

  1. Jeanine

    Great Article! Will definitely give this juice a try for Summer detoxing

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I need to buy an aloe plant ASAP!

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    The juice seems really healthy and good for the body. Thanks for the article. It highlights that aloe is not only for sunburn

    5 years ago •

  1. Sashnee Rambaly

    Will try it out. I love this article

    5 years ago •

  1. Busisiwe Ndzube

    Great article,& thankx 4 tips I surely gonna use them!!

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Very formative its good to know these things. I will try the juice.

    5 years ago •

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