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)
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.