Why aloe is the new black

aloe-benefits

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)

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

Method:
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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15 Responses

  1. 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!

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

    1. 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.

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